San Clemente, California Therapists

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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,...
Aleksandra Drecun
Psy.D., MA
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San Diego, California

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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...
Katya Kosarenko
LCSW, Sensorimotor Psychotherapist
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Los Angeles, California

Katya Kosarenko, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in PTSD, complex trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic illness, relationship issues and life transitions. She has a private practice in West LA, where she also provides...
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Los Angeles, California

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California

Do you have “sticky” self-defeating thoughts that won’t leave you alone? Do you “know” you’re good enough but don’t “feel” it? Have you suffered the loss of a pet or loved one and struggling to find someone who “gets it”? I am...
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...
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San Diego, California

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California

Dr. Matthew Bruhin is a CEO, Psychotherapist and Addiction Specialist, as well as an entrepreneur and educator. He is a State of California and State of Wyoming, Board Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and an Addiction Specialist, registered...
Peter Robbins
LMFT, Ph.D.
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Fullerton, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Dr. Robbins is the Emergency Room Marital Therapist. What does that mean? Dr. Robbins specializes in bringing couples back from the brink of divorce. The type of therapy needed for those who are seriously considering divorce is very different from...
Su Lim
LMFT
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, stress management and insomnia, and how these can adversely affect your relationships and daily life. My style is interactive and direct, and I am passionate about helping clients work through areas where...
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Irvine, California

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California

We all struggle with challenges and feel overwhelmed at times. My job is to create an environment where you feel safe. Together, we will explore ways to reach your goals and improve your life. I am licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy with over...
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San Diego, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in San Diego, CA who has experience working with clients of all ages struggling with ADD/ADHD, relationships, communication, grief, life transitions, trauma, self esteem and more. I am incredibly...
Suzanne Riedel
LMFT, EMDR
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Orange, California

Sometimes, self-acceptance comes with some obstacles. Trauma, secrets, life stressors and messages we’ve received throughout life leave us feeling inadequate or lost. As an individual, couple or family, it takes courage to begin a journey toward...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California, Florida

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

Hope, Healing, Resolution The struggle you are in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Haven’t we all wondered at some point, “What went wrong…Why me…How on Earth did I get here?” A difficult child or teen, a sick loved...
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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....
Julie Osborn
LCSW, Psy.D.
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California

I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral therapy, this has been my specialty since 1997 while working at UCI Psychiatric Medical Center. I train my clients to be their own therapists so therapy can be a short term process with positive outcomes. My...
Jennifer Rickard
LMFT, LMFT-Supervisor, MS
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San Diego, California

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California

Are you seeking support in moving through a life or relational challenge? Sometimes we all need support in finding creative solutions or building strong relationships. I would enjoy supporting you in taking steps to achieve your goals. I will help...
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California

My name is Jaclyn Yuki Schlanger, and I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist working for a private practice in Irvine, California. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and am of half Asian and half European American heritage....
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ilona Varo is a Hungarian born psychotherapist practicing in Los Angeles. Her background in the beauty/entertainment industry as well the healing arts informs her unique, curious, mindful and client-centered approach. ilona has an extensive...
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Los Angeles, California

I  am a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. My practice is built around a strong belief in human resilience and intrinsic capacity to overcome challenges. Without this belief I would not be able to impact lives of so many. I feel...
Duane Osterlind
LMFT, CSAT
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Long Beach, California

Duane Osterlind, Founder and Clinical Director of Novus Mindful Life Institute located in Long Beach California, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor. Duane Osterlind holds a B.A. and Masters...
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San Diego, California

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California

I love helping you enjoy life more!
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San Diego, California

I have been working with families in San Diego since 1997. I have extensive experience with children, the transgender community, families involved with the Child Welfare System, and individuals struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety,...
Jan Covyeau
AMFT, MA
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Irvine, California

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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...
Laura Myers
LMFT, CLC
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California

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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.