San Clemente, California Therapists

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Aleksandra Drecun
Psy.D., MA
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Dr. Aleksandra Drecun, Psy.D., is the founder of Association for Compassionate Transformation. She is a licensed psychologist who has a profound passion and derives immense gratitude from assisting individuals, couples and families in realizing...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Are you unsatisfied with one or more areas of your life? I partner with my clients to empower them to make the changes necessary to bring their realities in line with the lives they truly want. In this way, I collaborate with each individual,...
Chrissy Comlish
LMFT, LMFT-Supervisor
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist on the East side of Los Angeles. My education and training have led to working with people from diverse cultural and socioeconomic background, sexual orientations, and gender preference. For over 8 years...
Christine Luu
LCSW, MSW
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Christine is passionate about mental health because she has struggled with mental health issues and depression herself. She could feel and understand that it is something very difficult to live with daily without support. As an Asian American...
In-Person Sessions:

Long Beach, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Thirty years as talent in radio led to a career change in 2011. After thinking about being a therapist for many years, I'm doing work I love, in particular work with couples in crisis. I also work with individuals and families. My life experiences...
Christina Johnson
LMFT, Masters Degree
In-Person Sessions:

Huntington Beach, California

Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, a broken heart, a divorce, past trauma, a death, there is hope. Is something from your past affecting your present and destroying your hope for the future? Feeling better is about trying something...
Briana Lefman
LPCC-S 2
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I help you connect to the 'why' behind your patterns, your pain, anger, avoidance, and dysfunction. I help you shift from anger to understanding. I'll help make sense of it. I'll teach you how to identify what you've been living without. I'll teach...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Have you been feeling like you aren't reaching your full potential? That you aren't connecting to your true self? Maybe this has been a feeling for most of your life, or it's a recent insight you have discovered. It could have been a trauma, from...
Jan Covyeau
AMFT, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Irvine, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Do you find the relationships in your life lacking connection? Relationships can make life worth living or they can make your life challenging. Whether it is a marriage that isn't going well, a parent/child relationship that never seems to work or...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Do you struggle with negative thoughts and feelings? Do you find yourself in a pattern of unwanted behaviors? Do you have a hard time setting boundaries and speaking up for yourself and your needs? You deserve a space to be vulnerable! A place where...
Ron Hall
LMFT
In-Person Sessions:

San Dimas, California

Want a very experienced Christian Therapist that has been in the field for 20 plus years? And one that is also a Trauma Treatment Specialist, Pastor, and a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor? I am here to serve you in whatever way I...
In-Person Sessions:

Encinitas, California

I am Crystal Duncan, LCSW, and my mission is to be at peace with myself, my work and my social and personal relationships.  I strive to live a wholehearted authentic life and I believe it is my purpose to help others find their authentic self and...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I offer a safe and supportive environment to help you identify and resolve unhealthy patterns that keep you from moving forward. You might be feeling stuck due to becoming emotionally disconnected with your partner, experiencing a traumatic event or...
Randi Beckman
LCSW, MSW, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Carlsbad, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California, Florida

Wanting Support to Help you Feel: Less stressed Grounded and centered More productive Present and engaged Happy in life and in relationships My nurturing and empathic presence creates the space needed to help you identify, understand, and move...
Catherine Ferrari
LMFT, LPCC
In-Person Sessions:

Corona, California

I specialize in individual, couples, family, and child therapy. I manage a private practice in Corona, California. I am able to help with a variety of issues that include trauma resolution, cancer support, parenting concerns, ADHD, behavioral...
Ron Gray
LMFT, MA,
In-Person Sessions:

Orange, California

 I am a highly experienced Christian counselor having worked with a large variety of client populations in various settings. My passion and focus is couple and family relationship building and repair. I work with highly distressed couples hoping to...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Parenting challenges you in ways you could have never imagined. When you add in all of life’s demands sometimes it can just feel too much. Whether you are a new parent or a seasoned parent, you’ve been struggling for awhile or feeling like...
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Los Angeles, California

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  I have been treating OCD and anxiety disorders for 15 years in private practice. In addition to treating clients in private practice I am a therapist at the UCLA OCD Adult Intensive Treatment Program....
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Tanya Desloover is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. Tanya specializes in helping clients and their families recover from the traumatic consequences of addiction. She recognizes the...
In-Person Sessions:

Newport Beach, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

So you have a new baby. And it's nothing like you thought it would be. The sleepless nights, the frustrations around breastfeeding, and the general feeling of loss of control are just getting to you. You haven't showered in days, don't feel like...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I care about "what happened to you" and I strive to provide a compassionate, supportive space for you to share your concerns. I have with over 20 years' experience helping people get beyond traumatic experiences and on to their best life. Effective...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

My clients usually approach me when they are ready to make a change in their lives. They are experiencing conflicts, inside themselves or with others, and are looking for an empathic, flexible and dynamic clinician to provide support and guidance....
Connie Padera
MSW, ASW
In-Person Sessions:

Encinitas, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Are you experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression? Do you struggle to find balance due to substance use or disordered eating habits? Maybe you need some guidance on self-esteem or relationship issues? It’s okay to not be okay, and I’m here...
In-Person Sessions:

San Diego, California

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 13 years of experience in domestic violence, addiction, severe mental illness, behavioral modification, individual and family therapy, relational conflicts, crisis intervention, advocacy, social...

An Overview of Mental Health in San Clemente, California

Nestled between hills and oceans in Orange County, California, approximately midway between San Diego and Los Angeles, is the city of San Clemente. Known as the “Spanish Village by the Sea,” San Clemente is a community with a population of 65,082 people, celebrated for its year-round sunny weather and overall pleasant climate. On the surface, San Clemente may seem idyllic, but the community faces challenges similar to those in communities of comparable size throughout California and the United States.

Socioeconomic Profile of San Clemente, California

San Clemente is a prosperous city with a median household income that far outstrips the United States, California, Orange County, and even the Los Angeles metro area at $97,210 per year. Of the four others, the median for Orange County comes closest to the median of San Clemente, but it is still significantly lower at $78,145. However, there is not an even distribution of wealth in San Clemente as evidenced by the per capita income of $54,115.

The San Clemente area is predominantly Caucasian at 71.1 percent, more than three times the number of the second most populous group of Hispanic/Latino residents at 18.7 percent. The median resident age of San Clemente is higher than the median for California, 44.9 years compared to 36.4 years.

Accessibility of Mental Health Services in San Clemente

Orange County offers the third most acute care beds for psychiatric patients in California at 482. However, there is a shortage of beds throughout California, with 25 counties going without altogether.

Furthermore, acute care is only part of the problem. Preventative mental health services are difficult to find. Mental illness cases in California have increased while treatment options and available funding have decreased. The most severe cases are put on psychiatric holds until hospital beds become available, but by the time they get to the hospital, they have been given medication and stabilized, so they are released from the hospital. Then two weeks later, when the medication runs out, the cycle begins all over again. One medical center in the area called it a crisis in its 2016 community health needs assessment and referred to the current solutions as “Band-Aids,” providing only temporary fixes to the overall problem.

Social stigma regarding mental illness, particularly within certain cultural groups, often gets in the way of people seeking the help they need. However, the same stigmas can actually prevent communities from funding, building, and staffing the treatment centers so desperately needed by playing into the prejudices of the community’s residents. For example, certain neighborhoods are resistant to having treatment centers for mental illness and addiction treatment centers being built nearby out of concern for increased property crimes. This despite the fact that studies show that the risk of increased criminal behavior from a well-managed recovery home is minimal, and rates of property crimes are actually higher near convenience stores and liquor stores than drug and alcohol treatment facilities.

Another concern among affluent homeowners in communities such as San Clemente is that mental health or drug treatment centers in the community will lower property values. Currently, the median residential property value in San Clemente is $899,100, nearly twice the median value of homes statewide at $477,500. One such facility alleges that some communities, possibly including San Clemente, have local governments that bow to pressure from residents and prevent the establishment of treatment facilities within the community through strict zoning laws and regulations despite the practice being in clear violation of state and federal laws in place to prevent discrimination against people with a disability.

Vulnerable Populations in San Clemente

Poverty can be a stressor that leads to mental illness. The poverty rate of San Clemente is relatively low at 7.06 percent, but a disproportionate amount of non-white residents live in poverty. For example, 16.7 percent of black residents live in poverty despite African Americans only making up 0.5 percent of the entire population. The largest demographic of residents living in poverty are males age 45 to 54.

Youth and the elderly are also populations at particular risk. Elderly patients may be in denial about their symptoms, which may also be misdiagnosed as normal aging processes. Approximately 33 percent of Orange County teens have an emotional or mental health issue for which they need counseling, but less than half of them receive it.