Wasco, California is the headquarters of the Tejon Indian Tribe of California, which include the Chumash, Yokuts, and Kitanemuk Indigenous people. Their motto is “Come Grow with Us” because the city is always building on itself. Just like we are always trying to build on ourselves throughout our lives. 

When you are struggling with something going on in your life, you need someone to talk to and if you cannot find anyone who will listen without judging, it can be hard. But, the counselors in Wasco are available and will listen to you without judgement right now. Contact one of these professionals today and you could start feeling better tomorrow.

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Virginia Gutman

Offering therapy in CA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

Welcome! My intent is to create a non-judgmental space for you to share what you need to talk about most. I empower individuals and couples by teaching them practical tools so that they can better navigate through life's tough spots. After listening and getting an understanding of what you'd like to be better, I tailor my intervention to match your treatment goals. While I’m a versatile therapist my niche is guiding people through depression/sadness, anxiety/worries, and relationship/communication issues while teaching them lasting skills to address their challenges. In case you're curious to know or are looking for something specific about what interventions I use- I typically use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). However I also have experience with a psychodynamic psychotherapy. No matter what I use I'm tailoring the intervention to my clients and my approach is ALWAYS strength-based. Meaning I view all my clients as people with strengths and resiliency no matter what their circumstance, and I aim to help them use that to be empowered. When I'm not helping people getting to a better place in life (my favorite!) I like going to new places/trying new things, hiking, and being outside in general. But I also really enjoy a good lazy weekend afternoon watching six episodes of a TV show. Balance is key!

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Donna Reed

Offering therapy in CA
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
17 years of experience

Welcome to Betterhelp! I am a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in California with over 12 years of experience in providing high quality care to individuals seeking to become the best version of themselves. I am certified in Evidence Based Programs such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), and Seeking Safety Treatment Model. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, parenting problems, and toxic self-image beliefs. I also helped many people who have experienced physical/sexual trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm using empathetic listening and creating an atmosphere in which my clients feel safe. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I want clients to feel understood rather than being judged. My approach combines cognitive behavioral, client/person-centered, solution-focused, psychodynamic, trauma-focused CBT, and teaching individuals how to be kind to self. I will tailor our treatment plans to meet your unique and specific needs. When you are ready to take your first step towards change, I am here to help guide you toward a more productive life. I look forward to working with you.

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Anne Holding

Offering therapy in CA
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am a warm and caring but direct Therapist who believes in human potential. I am licensed in California and previously worked for County Behavioral Health with children, teens and adults. I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Applied Behavior Analysis. My current areas of focus are in helping clients with past trauma and abuse; including ways they can improve their self-esteem, anxiety, and self-efficacy. I also enjoy helping couples improve their communication skills. I believe there is a strong body/mind connection and 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 seeking a more fulfilling, balanced and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Alaina Bigger

Offering therapy in CA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
14 years of experience

I am licensed in California & Ohio with 14 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & coping with grief and loss. My therapeutic orientation/expertise is cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic and systems. I enjoy working with the family, as well as with the individual client to provide a holistic approach to care. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Kimberly Jackson-Massaro

Offering therapy in CA
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
14 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of California with 14 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self esteem, confidence, & coping with life changes. I believe that you have the resources you need inside to move through life’s challenges and together we will explore how to utilize these strengths. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy takes courage and I am grateful to be with you on this journey.

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Dr. Yuko Ouchi

Offering therapy in CA
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
20 years of experience

I am a licensed Psychologist in California with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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.

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Nastasia Freeman

Offering therapy in CA
License: MA, LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

Hello! I'm Nastasia! Based out of the San Diego area, I offer online adult, teen, and relationship therapy throughout California, Florida, & Texas. I’m a Licensed Psychotherapist with an edge, unapologetically doing what it takes to feel well, and help others do the same. I specialize in trauma, anxiety, attachment, & relationships affected by trauma and PTSD. I take healing personal. It’s a privilege to witness the softening and surrendering of years of destructive beliefs. I’m invested. The most important thing you should know about me is this… I’m a trauma therapist that knows when to put down the manuals, evidence, & interventions and really see the person in front of me—validate your pain, hurt, effort, and culture. It’s about seeing you past a diagnosis. I will be transparent with my you. I’m a therapist that has had my own very personal experience with trauma. I’m a clinical therapist, but I also know what it feels like to be the one sitting on the couch, not in the chair. That is exactly why I have devoted my career and life to healing trauma. I appreciate the vulnerability of the person in front of me, so I honor it. I do so by making sure you have access to a safe space where you feel seen, heard, and understood. I advocate for your right to lead your experience—to define your own well. For treatment to work, I adapt, personalize, empathize, and empower. I’m convinced there is no greater technique or practice than humanity. I have designed my practice & approach to reflect the collectiveness of humankind and living amongst and connecting with others empathetically and with compassion. Therapy gives you the space to safely put down the hurt. I have designed a space for you. A safe space to heal past experiences, relationships, unbalance, uncertainty, and stuck. A space where you are met with empathy, compassion, and support. I facilitate healing—that sought after peace of mind. I want to help you put down the stress, hurt, pain, and shame. I’m here for it. I’m invested in it, and I’m here to help you heal it! I’m a trauma therapist that will advocate for your healing and your right to define your well. —Nastasia Freeman, LMHC, LPCC, LPC Know all the theories, master all the techniques, but as you touch a human soul be just another human soul. - C. G. Jung Credentials: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of California. Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional. Gottman Leader issued by the Gottman Institute (TGI). Mental Health Experience: Licensed Psychotherapist & Founder of a mental health private practice: I specialize in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, attachment, & relationships affected by trauma and PTSD. I provide individual, relationship, and group therapy. Additionally, I facilitate support groups, workshops, and take an active role in community advocacy and support. Licensed Psychotherapist: I provide individual, relationship, & group therapy as an independent contractor/psychotherapist. School Mental Health Counselor: I provided individual and group mental health counseling in a public high-school setting to students and their families. I primary served those experiencing anxiety, trauma, and grief. Crisis Interventionist: I provided crisis response within a law enforcement agency. I responded and provided support and resources to victims and their families during and following traumatic incidents. Behavioral Therapist: I supported children diagnosed with autism and their families. I utilized applied behavioral analysis principles to improve heath outcomes, behavior challenges, and social behaviors Education: I graduated from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology, and I also hold a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I have extensive post-graduate education, training, and experience in mental health counseling, clinical trauma & PTSD, forensic psychology, crisis intervention, integrative mental health, research-based relationship techniques, youth & school mental health, and behavioral therapy. Membership: American Psychological Association (APA), Division 019 Society for Military Psychology (APA), Division 56 Trauma Psychology (APA), Trauma Survivors Network, National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), Inclusive Therapists, Florida Counseling Association, Florida Association for Multi-Cultural Counseling and Development (FAMCD), and Florida Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (FACAC).

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Amy Bullock

Offering therapy in CA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
16 years of experience

I am licensed in California with 16 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Jennifer Ayala

Offering therapy in CA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

I am licensed in California with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with depression. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Therese Connolly

Offering therapy in CA
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am licensed in California with 20 years of professional work experience. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Wasco

Finding the best therapist close by in Wasco can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Wasco. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Wasco, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Wasco or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Wasco area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Wasco, elsewhere in Kern, or in the greater state of California.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Wasco area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Wasco therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Wasco due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Wasco may not take health insurance, some in the state of California may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of California you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Wasco, California working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Wasco above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Wasco helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Wasco therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Wasco therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Wasco therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in CA, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 93280 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Wasco counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A Wasco licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Wasco, California can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Wasco has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

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To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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