San Diego is one of the biggest cities in California and is often considered to be the birthplace of the state. San Diego is also known for its extensive beaches. Sometimes, life can be like a beach. It can be relaxing, fun, and a nice place to stay. However, there are also problems with a beach. Sometimes, a storm can ruin the fun, or a tidal wave appears to sweep everything you know away. 

A counselor can be your lifeguard who helps you have an entertaining day on the beach. They can give you advice and mental health treatment that will calm any storms and tidal waves before they cause damage. Speak to a San Diego-based counselor today and see what they can do for you.

This is Dr. Noelani Rodrigues's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): PhD,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 21

Aloha & welcome to my page. Do you feel like you have lost your way – that nothing feels quite right – or that the past seems to be repeating itself? My view is that we all begin from a place of wholeness, but we sometimes lose belief in ourselves along the way. I have the depth of professional and life experience to see and work with you as a unique individual. Let me be a support and guide as you navigate the journey to your true potential. My expertise includes a broad range of issues including traumas, anxiety, emotional difficulties, relationships, and di...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Relationship issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 6

You have come to the right place! My Name is James Birks (pronouns: he, him) I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. I am a Southern California native and completed my Bachelors of Psychology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and my Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Southern California (USC). I completed my extensive clinical training at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and several other community based organizations. I have experience working with individuals, couples and families regardi...

This is Dr. Laurel Wiig's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): PHD,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 18

I have a Doctorate in Psychology and a License in Marriage and Family Therapy. I received extensive training at Cedar Sinai Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry and have two decades of clinical practice to guide you to those answers. I am an experienced online and office psychotherapist. I specialize in working with couples, marriage counseling, relationship issues, dating issues, codependence, self-esteem and confidence issues, anxiety, stress, worry and career issues. I have authored a number of articles and posts on issues related to relationship issu...

This is Molly Brumagin's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): M.A., MFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, ADHD
Years of Experience: 6

Hi there! I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in California with over 5 years of experience working as a child development and parenting specialist, as well as a life coach to individuals working through a variety of life’s challenges. I have worked with clients dealing with a wide range of concerns including life transitions, anxiety, issues related to self-esteem, relationship issues, family issues, parenting issues, attention to task and life organization. My counseling style is warm, empathetic and interactive. As a part of my practice style, I bel...

This is Jennifer Waters's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): ATR,LPCC,LMHC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 10

If you’re contemplating taking the next step in getting help, please know that you are not alone. I would be honored to support you through your journey and guide you as you find hope again. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (California), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Massachusetts) and Registered Art Therapist who has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. I passionately believe that we are all capable of achieving our personal goals if provided with the right support. I strive to help my clients find joy, discover inner-strengt...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 15

Hi. My name is Beth Field and I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in California. I have worked with individuals, families and couples with a wide range of concerns for nearly 20 years. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I received a BS in Psychology and went to San Diego State University where I received my MS in Counseling. I would describe my approach as client centered; providing an empathetic environment for clients to explore their deepest challenges in a safe place. I use a cognitive behavioral approach because I believe our thoughts...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): PhD,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 13

If you are looking for a seasoned, versatile, pragmatic and easy to talk to therapist focused on helping you improve or solve whatever issue(s) you face, I am ready to help when you are. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a PhD in Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy certification from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, 13 years of very diverse therapeutic experience and 25 years of corporate experience. My practice approach centers on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). Res...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

I want to commend you for reaching out for support and making yourself a priority. Life isn't always easy and sometimes things can be overwhelming. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and received my Master of Science Degree in Counseling/Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from the University of Phoenix. I am a U.S. ARMY veteran, a Certified Anger Management Specialist – II, and a Certified Breakthrough Parenting Instructor. I have been working as a therapist for 10 years in community mental health, non-profit, and private practice settings...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 7

Hello! My name is Olivia Ishak, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in Chino Hills, California. I earned my Master's degree in counseling psychology from California Baptist University in 2014. I have seven years’ experience as a therapist, in community mental health, school settings, and private practice. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families to facilitate and promote healthy relationships. You may not be able to control life problems; however, they may not define you. We can be our worst critics, especially when a problem arise...

This is Dr. Tina Mayes's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): PhD,MA
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

First and foremost, I believe in the power of every individual to be able to make long-lasting change in their life. A person is more than just a mental health problem and I take a whole-person approach in my clinical work. We will focus on what is most relevant to you. I have been described as a compassionate, no-nonsense, strong advocate for the people I work with. Some of the feedback I have received from past clients include "I felt understood and heard" and "I didn't know how to cope before, but I do now." I earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psy...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMFT,LPCC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Parenting issues
Years of Experience: 10

Welcome and hello! My name is Cara Morales. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of California who works with young adults, adults, couples, and families who find themselves in a difficult season of life. As a therapist, I believe that life is not an easy journey, and no one is exempt from the storms of life. Having someone to walk with us through these storms is invaluable, and therapy offers a healing support system during difficult times. I received a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emph...

This is Natasha Phillips's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 5

My practice is called Moonview Counseling and am a licensed clinical social worker in California who has been working for five years as 1-on-1 therapist. I have a background in psychology research at University of Southern California, Boston University, and Harvard University and have also worked as a residential eating disorder treatment center and the hospital setting. I have worked both inpatient as well as in intensive outpatient care. I have also done psychological testing in private practice and am currently seeing clients remotely as an individual therapist...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LPCC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 15

The majority of my therapeutic background focused on Crisis-Intervention; working with “at-risk” children, youth and their families to prevent entrance into State custody. I have extensive experience with intensive in-home family therapy addressing issues such as domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse, behavior modification, parenting skills, psychotic, anxiety and mood disorders, and alcohol and drug addiction. I have recently enjoyed working with the geriatric population addressing issues of grief, loss and aging as well as people of all ages who are exper...

This is Heather Aston's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Parenting issues, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 17

Well done - You have taken the first step to achieving the life you want by exploring BetterHelp! As the therapeutic relationship between you and your therapist helps set you up for success, I encourage you to review several provider profiles before you select the one you think will be the best fit and meet your needs. Please keep in mind therapy should be a safe place where you can express your most hidden, raw thoughts and feelings and know you will not be judged. It should have elements of empathy, compassion, respect and challenges you to grow. In my ...

This is Colleen Overholt's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 26

I am a marriage and family therapist and I have been licensed in California with over 25 years of experience working as a Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Program Manager and Executive Director. Over the years, I have worked with a wide variety of individuals and families of all ages, in many different environments including private practice, schools, clinics, field work, etc. I am experienced in working with multiple issues such as depression, anxiety, phobias and OCD, self-esteem and confidence issues, trauma/PTSD, homelessness, severe mental illness and mo...

This is Lorne  Leach's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT,CADC-II
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 25

ABOUT ME Hi, my name is Lorne Leach and I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor II State of California. I help others deal with a variety of issues including marriage and family problems, anxiety, depression, addictions, grief and coping with life changes. My work has been in a variety of settings including outpatient, residential, addictions rehab, detox and correctional facilities. The approach I prefer is generally cognitive behaviorally oriented and have had training in several modalities including Motivational Intervie...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 5

Welcome & Hello, It all began at the age of 5, my first client myself. Ever since I could recall I've been fascinated with my own thoughts and behaviors. Standing up for myself, when I was in kindergarten, when a teachers aide was pinching and leaving marks on me was my first memory of advocating for myself and standing up for what I knew was abuse. People have asked me my purpose for choosing to be a therapist and I tell them: I want to share and teach others what I gave myself at the age of 5: understanding, acceptance, and care. I understand you are ...

This is Charmaine Jacobs's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

Changing old habits you don’t like and building emotional resilience makes sense at any age. I base my theoretical approach on the widely researched neuropsychological findings of Attachment Theory. Underlying successful treatment is the richness of the therapeutic relationship. I use evidence based methods including CBT, Mindfulness and brief psychotherapy.

This is Regina  Phelps's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Family conflicts, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 9

Hello! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of California. I have been working in the social services field for approximately 25 years, and have been a licensed therapist since 2012. I have experience conducting individual, couples and group therapy, in both residential and outpatient settings. Clients I see have presented with a variety of challenges, including anxiety, relationship and parenting issues, grief/loss, addiction, trauma, and dealing with life’s transitions. My approach to therapy is person/client centered in nature, ...

This is Dr. Christa Banton's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Diego, California (San Diego, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS,LMFT,CCTP
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in California with over 15 years of experience working in social services and mental health care. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma (adult survivors of child abuse), career/educational challenges, adoptees, and LGTBQ acceptance and affirmation. My therapy style is humanistic and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing individuals. My approach combines h...

Having a hard time selecting a therapist in San Diego? (Here Is How Our San Diego Therapists Can Help)

Finding the right therapist can feel intimidating, but there are simple ways to narrow down your search for the San Diego 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, family therapy, or couple’s counseling; just pick the San Diego therapist 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 San Diego, or elsewhere in the San Diego county or state of California.


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 San Diego, 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 San Diego and elsewhere throughout the state of California, you can expect significantly more affordable options with sessions ranging from $40 to $70 per week (billed monthly).


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 San Diego offer creative forms of communication to help people like you receive the best type of treatment for your needs.

Whether that’s via sms texting 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.

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 stress, anxiety, depression, grief, etc)... take a look at our available therapists above and find a therapist that is right for you.


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). In addition to developing 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 in your everyday life.

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 San Diego therapist can help you confront these kinds of issues and find ways to face them and heal.

With more than 1406630 people in the city of San Diego, 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 today. If you’re looking for a nearby therapist close to 92119 or the surrounding zip codes (shown below), take a look at other available therapists in the popular nearby cities listed at the bottom of this page.

Other FAQs:

What is the difference between a therapist and a psychologist?

Both a therapist and a psychologist can help with some of the most challenging times in life. Often times, a psychologist will work along side a psychiatrist who is also a doctor in order to have medication prescribed if needed for a patient's care; but this is not always to case. At the end of the day, both mental health care professionals can provide the different types of therapy that someone needs.

So if you're looking for a professional, it's likely that one of our therapists can be of assistance and help you feel comfortable and confident with online counseling. Our counseling services will connect you with a licensed professional that is ready to work with clients like you to form a helpful therapeutic relationship.

Whether you are here looking for a a child psychologist in San Diego, couples counseling in San Diego, family conflict therapy in San Diego, or a marriage counselor open to working with individuals in you area... BetterHelp can assist you, possibly in new ways that you haven't tried using technology.

Are therapists covered by insurance?

Therapy with a clinical psychologist is often NOT covered by health insurance. While only some health plans in the USA cover counseling in San Diego, this does not have to make your search for therapists in you area a challenge. The reason is our new ways of using technology like text, video, phone, and live chat options have made it easier for therapists working with individuals like you easier and much more affordable; as described above.

With that in mind, you can feel comfortable to look at the list of available therapists on our platform ready to both help and work with clients like you; all while building a healthy therapeutic relationship designed to assist you. When it comes to working with a BetterHelp therapist on our platform, it's important to keep in mind that the services offered here normally are not covered by health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.

Therapists... what exactly do they do?

Therapy, aka psychotherapy and/or counseling, on the BetterHelp platform is basically the process of working and meeting with a licensed clinical psychologist online. Whether you're looking for a couples counseling session, or cognitive behavioral therapy... we have counselors that are actively working with individuals like yourself and are able to work with you.

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Emergency Situations:

If you are in a crisis or any other person may be in danger due to an issue that is an emergency - don't use this site's online services.

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 therapists in or around San Diego, California can serve:

92014, 92025, 92027, 92037, 92038, 92039, 92071, 92072, 92092, 92093, 92101, 92102, 92103, 92104, 92105, 92106, 92107, 92108, 92109, 92110, 92111, 92112, 92113, 92114, 92115, 92116, 92117, 92119, 92120, 92121, 92122, 92123, 92124, 92126, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92130, 92131, 92132, 92134, 92137, 92138, 92139, 92140, 92142, 92143, 92145, 92147, 92149, 92150, 92152, 92153, 92154, 92158, 92159, 92160, 92161, 92163, 92165, 92166, 92167, 92168, 92169, 92170, 92171, 92172, 92173, 92174, 92175, 92176, 92177, 92179, 92182, 92186, 92187, 92190, 92191, 92192, 92193, 92195, 92196, 92197, 92198, 92199