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 Brandon Mason'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: Addictions, Intimacy-related issues, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of Experience: 15

Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being. As a strength based therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your potential and improve your overall feelings of well being. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. It can be hard to understand the patterns that run through our lives because we are so close to them. With gentleness and respect I work with clients to better understand areas that are hol...

This is S. Kelli Forsythe's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSC/MFCT, LMFT #103549
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

(Hi! I am not currently taking new clients through Betterhelp, however, you can come find me at LivingLightTherapy.com) Heartbreak hurts, and healing happens. Relationships tear down, and they build up. Emotions elate and deflate us. Thoughts can define us by shaping or breaking us. We do right by someone and that person does wrong by us. We are faced with juxtapositions like this daily, and at times it is too much. Perhaps you are at a loss for next steps right now -- in your relationships, your job, or finding purpose and passion in life. Maybe you are askin...

This is Victoria Miller's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 14

Hello and welcome! Thank you for reaching out, especially during this time of extreme difficulty and uncertainty. I know the struggles of anxiety and depression seem insurmountable, and with the current state of the world you may be feeling this tenfold right now. With anxiety we often feel overwhelm, panic, stress, like we want to run away. With depression we have no motivation, no desire to do anything and if we "force" ourselves to get out there and "do something" we end up regretting it. And when these issues affect our relationships then everything...

This is Roxana  Lal '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, Depression
Years of Experience: 17

I am a licensed Marriage Family Therapist with 17 years of experience. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or emotions that are making you feel chaotic, I am here to help. My passion is working with individuals, families, and couples who are looking to break through behavioral patterns and gain more control over their life. I want to engage with you to build resilience so you can cope with difficult life situations and relationships. My style of counseling is supportive and compassionate. My goal is to offer individuals the guidance needed to succes...

This is Kristen Watkins'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, Trauma and abuse, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 9

Hello, my name is Kristen Watkins and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. I earned my BA in Psychology from Chapman University and my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I view issues clients bring to session through the lens of relationships. For example, if we are working together to address feelings of anxiety, we would explore how those feelings were impacting your relationships at work, at home, and in the community. My therapeutic style is warm and direct. I establish a t...

This is Lorel Grande'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, Addictions, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 3

Hello! My name is Lorel and I truly enjoy helping people. I believe that every individual is whole even if they feel like some pieces are missing. We each have the ability to do awesome and wonderful things but sometimes we just need to exercise those areas of ourselves that we haven't ever used or haven't used in a long time. I have worked with diverse populations in addressing anxiety, depression, self image issues, addiction and overcoming life's many hurdles. Each person is unique and I enjoy supporting them in finding what their path will b...

This is Cassandra  Black's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 29

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in California with over 29 years of experience working with individuals, families and groups. I have worked with a wide range of concerns including trauma, depression, anxiety, stress management, grief/loss, and serious and persistent mental illness. My counseling style is strength based, warm, nurturing and supportive. I typically approach counseling from cognitive-behavioral, solution focused and system theory frameworks. However, our work together will be tailored to your unique and specific needs. I believe...

This is Deirdre Devlin's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): WA LICSW 60978302,ID LCSW 39220,CA LCSW 61443
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties
Years of Experience: 10

Hello and welcome! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California, Washington and Idaho, and have provided therapy and support for adults for the past 10 years. My history includes working with people transitioning and adjusting to new life stages and circumstances, as well as those who have concerns including depression, anxiety, and coping with histories of trauma. In addition I have worked providing therapeutic support for people who provide support to others, such as caretakers and therapists. My counseling style has been described as warm, a...

This is Claudia Lopez'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, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 6

My name is Claudia Lopez, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently living in Texas. I am originally from California. I have a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. I provide a safe non-judgmental space for you to share your story. For over 6 years, I have had the honor and satisfaction of working with a wide range of people experiencing relationship and/or transitional issues, as well as more serious problems including mood and anxiety disorders, trauma and grief. My counseling style is warm and direct. I believe in treating everyone with r...

This is Ana Lilia Morales-Mackay'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, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

Hello, my name is Ana Lilia Morales-Mackay, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California with over 10 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. I have a Master of Science in Counseling from California State University, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California in American Studies & Ethnicity with minors in Gender Studies and Spanish. My pronouns are she, her, and hers. I have worked in outpatient mental health settings providing individual therapy, group therapy, and couples therapy t...

This is Keisha Young's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 7

Hello! My name is Keisha Young and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, with years of work with individuals, couples, and families. I use a strength based, warm but also direct approach. I pull from different models, depending on what my clients’ needs are. The primary modalities used are cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, multi-dimensional family therapy, and parent-child interaction therapy. I cover many areas, including anger management, anxiety, depression, life changes, relationship issues, parenting, behavior modification, a...

This is Claudia Viadro'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: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 15

I work with clients to help them examine their beliefs about themselves and the world they live in. I help people discover distortions they have about their sense of responsibility, safety and control. Often clients feel guilty, vulnerable, trapped and shameful based on adverse childhood experiences. We tell ourselves stories. We see reflections of ourselves in others and then develop ways of coping and surviving based on those reflections whether they are accurate or not. My work with my clients helps them begin to write the stories about themselves ...

This is Karla Lara'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.A.,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 10

CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS, SE HABLA ESPANOL. Overcome obstacles that have been preventing you from living your best life. Experience absolute acceptance, positive reflection, and empowerment through a therapeutic relationship that is trusting, open-minded, and safe. I will guide you to a healthier, more constructive way of coping and discovering your purpose. Let’s work together on resolving past pain in an effort to promote healing and hope. Explore with me healthy strategies you can utilize in achieving personal growth and happiness. Maximize your potent...

This is Andreana  Battaglia's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 6

Hello, So happy to see you here! I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have been licensed for almost one year. I have been working as an MFT in Riverside County for more than 6 years. I have experience working with children, youth, and families. I also treat adults and teens with a variety of challenges. Some topics that I treat include depression, anxiety/stress, ADHD, ODD, parenting, couples therapy, etc. My treatment consists of strength-based modalities that will allow the client to use their strengths to accomplish their goals. The main ...

This is Negin  Didehbani '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, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of Experience: 9

Hello! My name is Negin and I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT). I have over eight years of experience in working with mental health and substance use concerns. I have worked in a wide range of therapeutic settings including: crisis facilities, residential facilities, non-profit organizations, correctional facilities and outpatient behavioral health centers. I work with clients to address their specific needs and identified goals. I understand that each client's personal journey is unique, therefore, my approach is tailored to fit each individual’s pa...

This is Kristy Hamilton'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, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

My name is Kristy Hamilton, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California, having also worked professionally in Colorado. I work as a Medical/Hospice Social Worker, and have a small private practice called Malibu Walk and Talk Therapy. I have also worked in a dual-diagnosis facility as a Program Manager and therapist, and Clinic as their Behavioral Health Provider. My experience working with individuals and families has covered a wide range of concerns related to stress, mood, parenting, family conflict, moves and life transitions, obsessions and comp...

This is Danielle Macias'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, Grief, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 4

Does it keep you busy doing a million other things like numbing out on Facebook for hours or working constant overtime so you don’t have think about it? However, it keeps reminding you it’s there. The pain you don't talk about. The worry. Procrastination. Anger at yourself, your past, others who hurt or mistreated you. Drinking or drugs. Over or under eating. Sex. Shopping. Yelling. The longing for intimate connection. What if there was a way to approach those painful feelings or parts of you so they could be safely witnessed without overwhelming you. Moving a...

This is jackie holmes'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,MS,PPS
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

Are you struggling and looking for support and someone to help navigate through a difficult time in your life? There is hope! My name is Jackie Holmes. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of California. I have been working in the field of counseling for the past 10 years. I have worked in a variety of settings including schools, intensive outpatient therapy, private practice, and group settings. I use evidenced based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mi...

This is Stephanie Lanza's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Santa Monica, California (Santa Monica, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 8

Hello! My name is Stephanie Lanza. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in Southern California. I have over 8 years of experience counseling children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a wide range of concerns including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, ADHD, and family/relationship issues. I also have extensive experience working with adoptive and resource/foster parents and the unique issues they encounter. I take a client centered and strengths based approach to counseling, utilizing components of Cognitive ...

This is Megan Cannedy'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, Grief, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 10

Welcome! I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in both Texas and California. I have been working in a counseling field since 2010. I have experience practicing individual, couples, family, and group counseling in both residential, outpatient, and school-based settings. I have worked in psychotherapy treating depression, anxiety, relationship, parenting, and family issues, child and adolescent concerns, substance abuse/addiction, trauma, adjustment issues, personal growth/career, and self-esteem A client-centered approach is the foundation ...

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 90402 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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Other zip codes that therapists in or around Santa Monica, California can serve:

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