Finding your happiness can be hard. Even if life is going good, depression and doubt can keep you down and prevent you from reaching happiness. A counselor based in Santa Monica can help you by trying to find your happiness. 

Santa Monica’s motto is “populus felix in urbe felice.” This translates to “Happy people in a happy city.” Of course, it’s hard to tell someone’s happiness. Even if they appear to be happy, they may not be. A counselor can be the person who helps you obtain your true happiness. All you need to do is to speak to a counselor in Santa Monica and figure out how you can find true happiness. Talk to one today. 

This is Richard Clark's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA, LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Family conflicts, Self esteem, Career difficulties
Years of Experience: 17

In almost all of my clinical work and research over the past 16 years as a therapist, and before that, as a design consultant or creative director for clients who were making important emotional and financial decisions, I almost always proceeded in the same fashion. I would listen deeply to their needs and present thoughts and concerns. And, then I would urge them to move forward with their lives or their projects. When there was fear or anxiety in their voices, I would reassure them that the goal was reachable if they just took one step at a time. When your mind ...

This is Ryann De Souza's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT, MA
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Anger management, Depression
Years of Experience: 12

I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in California implementing psychotherapy for over 12 years. In addition to my years of performing psychotherapy, I'm a certified Domestic Violence counselor, Expressive Arts Therapist, and smoking cessation, counselor. I have about 17 years of experience working with Autism /Intellectually disabled individual adults, children, and their families. I have worked with culturally and ethnically diverse populations. Experienced in working with individuals with depression, anxiety, anger issues, stress, trauma, domestic...

This is Jennifer Eoff's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: LGBT, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

More than anything, I want to help people become an agent of change in their own life, feel safe and validated, and be the best version of themselves that they can be. I use person-centered talk therapy to get to the root of the issues in your life and find problematic patterns that are causing stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. I offer an inclusive, affirming environment for all people so you can feel free to be yourself without judgment. I have a Masters Degree in Marital and Family Therapy and I am licensed and board certified. I have nearly completed a Doc...

This is Norra MacReady's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 7

I've worked with clients ranging in age from 7 years old to 60 and more, on issues ranging from anger management and gender identity questions to dealing with the grief over the breakup of a marriage or the untimely death of a cherished sibling. I work hard to offer an atmosphere that is warm, empathetic, and tolerant: in addition to my professional training as a therapist I have a deep well of life experience that allows me to understand people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Basically, I want to help you live your ideal life. When appropriate...

This is Laura Drucker's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Grief, Self esteem, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 30

Hi! I'm glad you are thinking of working with me so let me tell you a bit about myself. I have worked in this field for over 30 years. I received my Master's Degree in Social Work in 1984 and became licensed in California (LCSW) in 1989. I have worked with people ages six through older adulthood and with individuals, groups, couples, and families. I have worked in private practice and public mental health settings. I bring this wealth of knowledge and wide range of experience and expertise to my individual work with you. I am happy that you have reached...

This is Sabrina Parr's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): M.S,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 25

I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in California with over 25 years of experience. I have been in private practice for 19 years and have worked in a variety of public agencies as well. I offer a supportive, open and trusting environment to facilitate desired growth and change within the individual and/or the family. My counseling style is honest and direct and I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. While I have worked with people on a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, affairs, sexuality, infertility,...

This is Eran Montiel's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Addictions, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, ADHD
Years of Experience: 9

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have been practicing in California for nine years. As a therapist my goal is to assist my clients in working through issues that negatively affect them in their daily lives. I have experience working a variety of clients with many different issues. I have extensive experience working with teens and adults on relationship and family issues, ADHD, trauma, substance abuse/addiction, sexual/behavioral addictions, depression, anxiety, and lack of motivation. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environm...

This is Alison Murphy's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 7

Hi, my name is Alison. If you're here, that means you're looking for something, and I'd love to help. Congratulations on taking a huge step in thinking about asking for support. Over the years, I've helped lots of people at many different stages of their life work to have more control, more safety and more stability. Whether you are dealing with something new, a long term challenge, or if you just know something's not right and you can't put a finger on it, we should talk. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from California and my work with individuals and ...

This is Christina Kohfield's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Career difficulties, Depression, Coaching
Years of Experience: 3

Hello! Thank you for reading my profile. I am a marriage and family therapist (LMFT) licensed in California with over 18 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, issues pertaining to sexuality, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and issues pertaining to spirituality. I also helped many people who have experienced physical and sexual trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and down to earth. My goal is to crea...

This is Dr. Saundra Taulbee's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): D.M.H., LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Addictions, Relationship issues, Intimacy-related issues, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of Experience: 30

I hear the heartbeat of your spoken and unspoken struggles, as well as your dreams yet to be realized. Together we work to uncover the root cause and triggers that prevent you from being at peace with yourself and others, whether it involves issues of : • addiction, depression - Bi-polar or other mood disorders, ADD • codependency, low self-esteem, • PTSD, problems with anger management or conflict avoidance • problems with emotional and sexual intimacy in marriage. And, then, together we move on to resolve issues you bring so that you can learn to have ...

This is Liz Michaud's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): BFA,MA,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 7

My name is Liz Michaud, LMFT and I provide compassionate, in-depth psychotherapy to help clients strengthen their self-esteem, overcome fears, and deepen their understanding of themselves and others. My approach is non-judgmental and is aimed at helping clients feel seen and heard with kindness, which can be deeply healing. I support the cultivation of hope and resiliency in my clients while moving through life’s difficulties. Truth, empathy and compassion are fundamental tools that I use as a practitioner of psychotherapy and as a person, and I aim to help my cli...

This is Alfred Carter's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 16

Do you want to overcome the obstacles preventing you from being your best self? My name is Alfred Renard Carter and I'm a Licensed Psychotherapist. My clinical experience and specializations are Depression, Anxiety, Stress management and relationship dynamics (couple/marriage/family). I take a strength-based approach to empower you to overcome the psychological and emotional distress you're experiencing. I'm eclectic from a theoretical standpoint. However, I lean towards Cognitive Behavioral and Humanistic Existential theories as a base treatment modality. I beli...

This is Elizabeth Waissman's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 15

Hello and Welcome to Better Help! You have taken the first step and now Better Help is on the way! My name is Elizabeth ( Liz) Waissman, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California for 19 years. I earned my Masters Degree at University of Southern California with a strong background in Mental Health. and Older Adults. I have worked in many different settings over my time as a Clinician, both with individuals and families, and most recently worked the last 9 years as an EAP Advisor ( Employee Workplace Consultant). I have worked in various settin...

This is Dori McDonnell's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 13

Welcome to Therapy online! My name is Dori McDonnell. I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Congratulations for reaching out for help; It can sometimes be a difficult thing to do! I earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco and subsequently received my license from the BBSE to practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California in 2007. Since then, I have worked with Families, Couples, Individuals, Teenagers and Children. My work has been intentionally focused on restoring and heal...

This is Courtney Keim's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you." Maya Angelo. I am a Licensed Clinical Social worker with over 15 years of experience working in California. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, grief, anxiety, relationship issues, postpartum, parenting problems, and career challenges. I also have training and experience in working with client's with trauma. I would describe my approach as empathetic, warm, and client centered. I use Cognitive Behavioral therapy and Mindfulness based practices...

This is Helen Carter's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT,MCAP, MA(Dubl),HDipEd
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Grief, Depression
Years of Experience: 15

Hello. I come from Dublin, Ireland and was a teacher before I became a therapist. I have taught in Ireland, France, Japan and California. I have spent the last 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area working on a suicide helpline, raising a child, teaching French and English, studying psychology and then working as a therapist with diverse clients in various settings: schools, community based agencies, residential homes, jails and, currently, a US Navy base. I love helping people cope with their difficulties and figure out how to manage! My goal is, actually, to he...

This is Janet Amaya's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): M.S.W,L.C.S.W
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 13

Hello my name is Janet Amaya, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. I have been providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents and adults for over 13 years in a community based mental health setting. I have experience working with children 0-5 and their parents, Adolescents struggling with a variety of life stressors, anxiety, depression, school stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Complex Trauma) and parental conflict. I have also worked with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, unresolved trauma and daily life stre...

This is Deborah  Sterling's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Depression, ADHD
Years of Experience: 3

My name is Deborah Sterling and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in California. I graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a Master's Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on child welfare. I worked over 20 years with children and families involved in the foster care system. I also have experience working with teens and adults in a therapeutic setting. I practice supportive therapy influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Theory. I utilize various modalities including traditional talk therapy. I have a broad range of experience...

This is Jean De Oliveira's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LPCC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

I provide psychotherapy for individuals (children, adolescents, and adults.), working from a client-centered perspective that is integrative, collaborative, and recovery-based (i.e., incorporates client's strengths as opposed to solely focusing on negatives or pathology). This provides a safe space for clients to feel heard, understood, and respected. I am also an expert in working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and same sex attracted clients, and the unique psychological issues present in the community. I have been in practice since 2008 and I have worked with ind...

This is Anika Garcia's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LPCC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 6

"I couldn't heal because I couldn't admit that I was hurt." This is a statement that I personally relate to, and find that it speaks to many first time clients. If you are someone (like me) who values strength, resiliency and a positive attitude you too might be finding it hard to admit the emotional pain of past traumas and their impact upon your daily functioning and relationships. Trusted relationships are the foundation for achieving personal goals and experiencing lasting emotional healing. The client-therapist relationship provides the privacy, objectivi...

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

Finding the right therapist can feel intimidating, but there are simple ways to narrow down your search for the Santa Monica 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 Santa Monica 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 Santa Monica, or elsewhere in the Los Angeles 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 Santa Monica, 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 Santa Monica 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 Santa Monica 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 Santa Monica therapist can help you confront these kinds of issues and find ways to face them and heal.

With more than 92478 people in the city of Santa Monica, 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 90408 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 Santa Monica, couples counseling in Santa Monica, family conflict therapy in Santa Monica, 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 Santa Monica, 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 Santa Monica, California can serve:

90401, 90402, 90403, 90404, 90405, 90406, 90407, 90408, 90409, 90410, 90411