Your mental state can feel like a tree. When it’s strong, it gives you the energy you need to reach your goals, and it can be a beautiful thing to stare at. However, stress, anxiety, and other problems can make your tree come crashing down if it can’t brave the storm. 

A counselor based in Mission Viejo can help. They can help you by allowing you to reach your goal with ease. By speaking to a counselor, they can build a tree that can give you shelter from anything life throws at you. 

This is Lauren Ball's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW, LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues
Years of Experience: 21

I think that each of us at one time or another struggles with self worth, coping with crisis, interpersonal conflicts, or problematic behaviors and can benefit from a caring counselor who understands, helps identify solutions, and who doesn't judge. Together we will work as a team towards the goals that you set, and assess our progress as we go. The hardest part is recognizing the need for help and having the courage to get started. I look forward to taking the next steps with you. My style is to focus on the here and now, with practical strategies for making m...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Grief, Parenting issues

I believe that all people are intelligent and capable of helping themselves. With the assistance of a counselor who can ask you the right questions, provide a safe and supportive environment, and encourage you to express and process your feelings, you can harness your power and take control of your life. My name is Kelli Prisbe, and I have been a social worker and counselor for over 20 years. I obtained my master's degree in social work in 1994 and my clinical social work license in 1999. My areas of experience include children and adults with special needs...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 6

It is normal for traumatic life events (such as near-death experiences, being the victim of violence, or the loss of a loved one) to cause us to become stuck in patterns that prevent us from exploring emotional pain in order to let go of it; in this way, staying stuck further perpetuates ongoing suffering, like a “snake eating its tail.” I am here to support you with untangling these patterns in order to reclaim who you are and gain satisfaction with seeing how who you are can glow brighter than ever in your relationships and community. With our work through Be...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): PsyD,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 21

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California with a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology. I have been working as a therapist for over 21 years. I have worked in outpatient as well as inpatient settings, including hospitals, clinics, group homes, and private practice. Many of my clients are high achieving people who find themselves surprised to be struggling with a problem. By drawing upon their strengths, I assist them in making meaningful changes that can make a significant difference in their lives. My clients bring a wide range of conce...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 13

Welcome! I am very excited that you have taken the first step to finding the support that you need. My name is Amelia Adriana Cervantes and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. I obtained my Bachelors in Arts with a double major in Psychology and Spanish Literature from the University of California Berkeley and received my Master of Psychology degree in 2007 from Phillips Graduate Institute. I specialize in the treatment of complex traumas, depression, anxiety, relational issues and parenting. My theoretical orientation is ...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Anger management, Depression
Years of Experience: 6

My name is Tiffany Arroyo-McCarthy and I am a licensed clinical social worker in California (BBS CA LCSW85529). I have been in the field of community mental health for almost 10 years, collectively, and practicing individual therapy for 6 years. I have experience in working with mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, general stress, and parenting problems, as well as experience with the LGBT population, treating ADHD, supporting with relationship challenges, and have worked with individuals of all age ranges, backgrounds and walks of life. My work tends to be very s...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 20

I’m Here to Help ! My goal is to create a safe space for you to share your pain. I strongly believe working together in a strong supportive, professional relationship is an important key to a great outcome. For 20 plus years, I have had the joy of helping individuals, groups and families to resolve a wide range of problems and r...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 34

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30 years experience in a wide array of issues. I am licensed in four states currently. I can help with any issues ranging from dealing with severe, chronic mental illness to adjustment issues that are temporary. I have a liberal stance and believe everyone should be given equal opportunities for advancement and betterment of self. I also believe that counseling should be a safe space to express oneself and share thoughts and feelings. I provide a client centered focus that addresses the current presenting issues wi...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT MA
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 25

I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in California with over 25 years of experience in working with families, children and couples. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, family dynamics and career challenges. I also have a Jewish background and am here to support Jewish clients that are either looking for spiritual support or would like to talk to a Jewish therapist. I am available to support Hebrew speakers as I speak fluent Hebrew. My counseling style is warm ...

This is Katherine Weller's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties
Years of Experience: 30

I’d like to introduce myself. I am a practicing psychotherapist licensed in both Washington and California. My licensure is as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) since 1989. My training working with individuals and families is informed by an educational and experiential foundation in human systems, so my perspective is through the lens of our human experience in context, both historic and present day. Early family experiences, present day relationships, work and school environments and community surroundings all impact our view of ourselves, others, and our re...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): Psy.D,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Addictions, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression
Years of Experience: 45

I have been practicing psychotherapy successfully for forty-five plus years in a variety of settings including private practice, hospital and free-standing residential treatment and industrial (employee assistance consultant) settings. By integrating the major theoretical levels and processes of change, I am able to assist with a wide variety of problems in an effective manner. Specific difficulties include Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Personal Achievement and Career Development problems and issues. The various levels range from symptomatic/situational t...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 19

Hello! I am a licensed clinical social worker who has many years of experience with medical social work. My specialty work includes end of life issues, grief and loss, coping with medical issues for patients and families, depression, anxiety, as well as pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and post partum issues. I will work with you to provide support and help you work around issues to help you lead a calmer peaceful life.

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,Lmft
Therapy Specialties: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 10

I'm a licensed therapist with over 10 years of experience working with children and adults with depression, anxiety, grief, life changes, and other life stressors. I completed my undergraduate work in Family Studies at University of Arizona and received a Masters in Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University at Northridge. Since completion of my graduate work, I have worked in a variety of settings including private practice, community agencies and both public and private schools. I use a dynamic, client-centered a...

This is Nicole Wohlgemuth's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Depression, Coaching
Years of Experience: 10

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed in California. I have over 20 years of experience working as a clinician and as a Associate Clinical Director for a community-based organization. I have worked with children, teens, and families with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, relationship issues, parenting problems, and challenges with coping skills. I have extensive knowledge about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and experience working with children, youth, and adults who have experienced physical,...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW,DCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Depression
Years of Experience: 29

I am a former adjunct professor of psychology and Diplomate of Clinical Social Work who believes that to have a successful outcome in therapy, the client and therapist must first build a strong rapport. Once that foundation is laid, I can use one of several therapeutic modalities, depending on the issue at hand. Frankly, I have no need to lay on anyone a particular psycho technology. Everyone is different and have their individual needs. My belief is that simply providing a confidential sounding board for your thoughts and feelings can be very useful. If desired...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Career difficulties, Depression
Years of Experience: 40

I am licensed in the state of California with 40+ years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with at-risk youth, depression/anxiety, self-esteem & identity issues. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

This is Rebecca Marrs's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Depression
Years of Experience: 6

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. I have over six years of experience in the mental health field as a therapist working with individuals ranging from infancy, childhood, adolescents, adulthood, middle adulthood and old age. Also, have worked in various settings such as in the home, school, out in the community, agency setting and in my office. Their backgrounds have ranged from foster care, adoption, history of trauma, domestic violence, difficulty with peers/co-workers, auto-immune disease, LGBTQIA+, separation, divorc...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 30

I am licensed in California with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 8

I am licensed in California with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with symptoms of depression, stress, anxiety, complex trauma and abuse. My approach is client centered which promotes motivation, self-esteem, and confidence in the clients I work with. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Mission Viejo, California (Mission Viejo, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Depression
Years of Experience: 11

I am licensed in California with 11 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

Having a hard time selecting a mental health professional in Mission Viejo? (How we can help)

Finding the right therapist can feel intimidating, but there are simple ways to narrow down your search for the Mission Viejo area; especially when you're having a hard time trying to find therapists accepting new clients.
 
First, research what type of therapy you’d like to pursue BEFORE trying to find a therapist or psychologist. Maybe that’s psychodynamic, cognitive behavior therapy, group therapy, marriage and family therapy, or couple’s therapy; just search 'therapist near me in Mission Viejo' and find the one that is right for your needs. Next consider whether the gender of your therapist matters, the types of therapy they're most experienced with, and then finally choose a therapist located near you in the city of Mission Viejo, or elsewhere in the Orange county or state of California.
 
Mental health professionals that have a private practice or provide therapy services for professional counseling can help improve healthy relationships and communication skills whether that be working through life's obstacles and life issues in couples counseling, changing negative thinking patterns, or just providing a listening ear. Verified Mission Viejo therapists can provide licensed marriage counseling, compassionate counseling, tailor to individual needs (such as discussing healing, children, or other adults), and will help create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor. Verified Mission Viejo counselors help adults with healing (from physical ailments such as chronic pain, as well as mental illness).


What is the cost difference between conventional therapy and working with one of our listed therapists above?

The United States has many therapists who are comfortable charging $200 or more per session, and in some instances you might find that the average price of a therapy session in Mission Viejo, CA ranges from $85-$150.
 
Some therapists in the state of California will work on a sliding scale, meaning they’ll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With our therapists serving both the city of Mission Viejo and elsewhere throughout the state of California, you can expect significantly more affordable options with sessions ranging from $60 to $90 per week (billed every 4 weeks).


Did you know our therapists are not limited to in-person visits?

Online therapists, including all those listed above (all of which are in the United States) able to work with people like you in or around Mission Viejo offer creative forms of communication to help people like you receive the best type of treatment for your needs.
 
Whether that’s via in-app messaging with your therapist, video sessions where you see you one another and talk about your problems, live chat or phone sessions, you and your therapist will find the best way to address your mental health challenges in online therapy. You can work through various symptoms, disorders or condition, and even get a diagnosis from the comfort of your own home. 
 
So if you're dealing with things like relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy, you want to work with one of our experienced cognitive behavioral therapists (specializing in behavioral health), assistance with eating disorders, or support with other common mental health issues (like work stress management, anxiety, depression, grief, etc)... take a look at our available therapists above and find a individual or marriage and family therapist that is right for you.
 
Counseling services, wellness services, online therapy, relationship counseling, and individual counseling through a licensed therapist can help treat postpartum depression, feeling lost or feeling stuck, difficult relationships, and helping people live their best lives. If you're looking for a therapist, Mission Viejo has many professionals who provide client centered individual counseling both in person and through online therapy. Gain more insight into in your life than you would through an eclectic approach or motivational interviewing. In Mission Viejo, therapy is easily accessible and just a click away. A clinical psychologist, licensed psychologist, or board approved supervisor can help you develop new coping strategies through modern therapy, therapeutic services, and a holistic approach.


How to know if therapy is right for you?

One of the rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is that they are listening to your feelings. Our friends and loved ones often hear us, but they may have a hard time providing objective guidance in the way a therapist can; which can be extremely valuable due to the fact that many therapists have experience helping others through similar difficult times.

A therapist wants to support you toward a healthier emotional state, no matter what you're dealing with (including behavioral health concerns, grief, anxiety, depression or stress). While helping to develop healthier emotions, another benefit of therapy is you have a safe space to discuss problems that you may be hesitant to talk about with people who you see everyday.

Many people have sensitive topics to discuss; possibly an addiction or an issue with their relationship that they’re ashamed to speak about with their friends and/or partner. A Mission Viejo therapist can help you confront these kinds of issues and find ways to face them and heal.

With more than 96396 people in the city of Mission Viejo, CA finding a therapist can be both costly and hard to do. Our goal with the list of therapists shown above is to get you the support you need. If you’re looking for a nearby therapist close to 92690 or the surrounding zip codes (shown below), take a look at other available therapists through nearby cities listed at the bottom of this page.

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Take some time to learn more about our therapists and counselors to clearly understand our services. If you have questions for us, please reach us on our contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

Emergency Situations:

If you are experiencing a crisis or any other person may be exposed to danger due to an issue that is an emergency - don't use this site's online services. Verified Mission Viejo therapists can help women, children, and young adults, as well as anyone experiencing a crisis or emergency.

If you need Domestic Violence support, please contact The National Domestic Hotline at 1-800-799-7233

If you need Substance Abuse support, please contact the Substance Abuse and MH Services Administration at 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

If you need Sexual Abuse support, please contact the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network at 1-800-656-4673

Call the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at +1 (800) 273-8255 or 911 which can provide you with immediate help for an emergency call or visit the nearest emergency room.

Other zip codes that the counselors near or around Mission Viejo, California can serve:

92690, 92691, 92692

Some other commonly asked questions can be found below:

How do I know I should get a therapist?
 
Modern therapy and psychotherapy have many benefits, regardless of the resources you may or may not have, or a service you have received in the past. The connection between brain, body and behavior is what effects everything in your life and therapy can help you see results in improving your attention and reaction to a specific thing. Whether it be someone wanting to learn more about their own mind and patterns, or specific situations in terms of well-being and friend struggles, searching for a 'therapist near me' or a 'therapist near Mission Viejo' can help you find a counselor near you or the closest locator to any counselors and psychiatrists. 
 
How much does a therapist cost?
 
Therapist prices differ, and one good way to learn more is by looking up "therapists around me" or "Mission Viejo's therapists" to learn about prices in your city or state, and who takes health insurance. You can also specify for a male or female counselor, or anything specific you're looking for in regards to money and therapy options and what might be an eco-friendly option.
 
How do I see a therapist for the first time?
 
One great way to prep for your first therapy session is by reading a lot of information on therapy-- articles by an author or experts on therapy can help you study some tips or a specific example of what to pay attention to in your first appointment. In fact, one great example of a case of someone with a great level of expertise who has written about therapy is the book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. Learning about the tools to tackle life challenges and the importance of putting in the effort in therapy sessions will help you make the most of the opportunity and potential self-discovery journey.
 
Should I go to therapy if I feel fine?
 
While you may look fine on the outside or through your instagram, that doesn't always mean we feel fine 100% of the time. A therapist can help you gain power over your life and emotions and be a helping hand and trusted source while you navigate day-to-day experiences and small growth opportunities. Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies can help you improve your self-esteem, work through values and relationships (such as with your parents), and overall gain a better sense of the world and how you see it. The success you may find through therapy is dependent on your process, if you are in-office or out-of-office, as well as who your provider is, what medication you are on, what fear you have, etc.
 
People also go to therapy for very specific things such as bullying, getting diagnosed with autism, wanting to learn mindfulness, having a specific nature or "spirit" they want to nurture and work on, trouble with office workers, phobia of doctors, and any other principles they are interesting in working through.
 
Is crying in therapy a breakthrough?
 
While for some crying in therapy might not be the normal, for others who perhaps experience mood disorders or even schizophrenia, crying could be a natural occurrence in each session. The groups you are in, the adolescents memories and experiences you've had, and the education you've received can all play a role into your emotions and emotional state throughout therapy.
 
Are therapists worth it?
 
We are all on a different path with our life, as each human is unique in the advice they want (or don't want) in areas of their life. Therapists, however, have the ability to help you find your potential through re-training your mind through methods such as CBT, or you can see a SEP (Somatic Experiencing Professional). For example, a number of patients who are battling sleep insomnia, difficulty with medications, troublesome behaviors, or overuse of drugs or alcohol have found help for their disorder through online therapy and telehealth. Many studies outline the risk in addition to the reward of seeing providers and specialists virtually, and overall the reviews show that the availability and areas of expertise from online therapists make it feel like they are on your team, and are a positive addition to your life.
 
Do therapists judge you?
 
The separation and boundaries between you and a therapist make it so that therapists are never there to judge you-- they are there to help you work through coping mechanisms, self-understanding, various stresses, and how your beliefs might impact your decisions and lifestyle. 
 
How much does a therapist cost near Mission Viejo, California?
 
Each therapist might differ per state, but BetterHelp offers therapy throughout the US in many cities- including, but not limited to: New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, San Diego, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Phoenix, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, DC, Tampa, League City, Seattle, Detroit, Orlando, Atlanta, and even University of Houston. You can also search states by their state code (such as MD or AZ) to find more on specific cities in the state. Having access to clinical psychology over zoom can open doors to another modality, such as in-app messaging. The scale of price and plan may differ with each area code, but BetterHelp's main belief is that therapy should be accessible wherever, whenever.
 
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