San Mateo, California Therapists

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Tina Stromsted
LMFT, LPC, MA, PhD, BC-DMT, RSME/T
In-Person Sessions:

San Francisco, California

Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., MFT, LPCC, BC-DMT, RSME/T is a Jungian Analyst, licensed psychotherapist, Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), and a Registered Somatic/Movement Educator & Therapist (RSME/T) with a private practice and...
Marcella Cox
LMFT, MS
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Marcella Cox is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in treating eating disorders in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the Founder and Clinical Director of Kindful Body. Kindful Body provides in-person and online counseling in...
Katie Flach
LMFT, MS
In-Person Sessions:

San Jose, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Finding the right therapist for you can feel daunting! You might wonder if it's possible for someone to really get you and if opening up is worth the risk. I connect well with those who feel set apart from those around them or have difficulty...
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Walnut Creek, California

I encourage growth in my clients by helping to increase their awareness of how behaviors and thought patterns affect their identity, relationships, and overall sense of well being. I view the therapeutic process as one of compassionate collaboration...
In-Person Sessions:

San Francisco, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a practice in downtown San Francisco. I have a warm, relational approach. I help individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, career questions, and family of origin issues. I...
Patty Shirley
LMFT, LPCC 15, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Danville, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Patty Shirley - East Bay Christian Counseling Feeling worried, anxious, sad, angry or frustrated? Having relationship and communication issues? I am a LMFT and a Registered Addiction Specialist. Areas of treatment include substance / alcohol /pill...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

My name is Meenal Chaudhari. I have completed a MA in Counseling Psychology from Holistic Studies department, JFKU. This was my second masters. Prior to that I did a MA in Clinical Psychology from India and worked as a psychotherapist in India for...
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Berkeley, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I realized early on that the world isn’t “made” for any one of us. We each have to create our own way of thinking and getting things done. And it is with pride and joy that I have helped countless clients do just that for well over two...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I am a licensed psychotherapist and certified hypnotherapist with 20+ years of experience in the mental health field. I work with women who experience anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, grief and loss, relationship challenges, and a host of...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

My name is Sebastian Earl and I am a licensed psychotherapist (license # MFT 40124). I work with individuals, couples and families. I aim to provide an opportunity for people to grow and heal, in a safe, supportive, non-judgmental and nurturing...
David Kest
LMFT, MA
In-Person Sessions:

San Francisco, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Hello there. I welcome you to my practice learning relationship skills and emotional intelligence. Through dialogue skills , mindfulness and somatic awareness we can all improve our Emotional Connections with others and feel more comfortable within...
In-Person Sessions:

San Francisco, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

You try to have everything in your life go a certain way. You feel out of control and get upset when things do not work out. Every time you try to complete a project or organize your life, something goes awry. People tell you to relax and everything...
Tomilu Stuart
LMFT, MA
In-Person Sessions:

San Jose, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

My experience in education and training is in Nursing and Psychology. I started working as a psychotherapist in 2007 as an intern. I attended JFKU and graduated in 2009. Before graduation, while still an intern I took training from the EMDR...
Annia Raysberg
BA Psych, MA Psych, LMFT
In-Person Sessions:

Oakland, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I am a licensed Psychotherapist (MFC 52922) in the state of California.  I work with individuals who are 18 and over in a private practice setting.  I provide therapy over video for those who are unable to meet me at my office, on a case-by-case...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Marin and Napa Counties and throughout California via secure teletherapy. I provide coaching sessions remotely using telephone or Zoom video therapy for people outside California. I focus on making...
In-Person Sessions:

San Francisco, California

You probably just want to feel better but the path of getting there can be complicated, otherwise you'd feel better already. If only the course was clearer.  Beginning a therapy can be a bit like choosing the "red pill." If you're afraid of the...
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San Jose, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I have had a private practice located in the South Bay Area since 1997, where I see individuals, couples and families. Over the years I worked with hundreds of kids and families in various communities of the San Jose area. My work began with highly...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Stress and burnout are problems we all face in one form or another. Individuals and couples come to Therapy For Real Life to overcome burnout in their career, relationships or life more generally -- to create a life of connection and balance. Please...
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San Rafael, California

Born and raised in the Bay Area, I spent over a decade teaching middle and high school students in Oakland, Maui, and Marin County. Although I found this career rewarding, I eventually realized that my greatest asset was the ability to connect with...
Susan Cohn
LMFC, LCSW
In-Person Sessions:

Cupertino, California

The foundation of my approach is strategic therapy, which honors the uniqueness of each individual and their particular concerns. This approach emphasizes the resolution of problems in  a manner that is both individualized and practical I have been...
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Oakland, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Are you trying to make a change or dealing with an inevitable turning point in life? My specialty is helping people work through stress, depression, relationship problems, work issues, and life transitions. Most clients who come to me find...
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Pleasanton, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Kelly received a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked with diverse populations throughout the bay area including children, adolescents,...
Dr. Angela Krumm
PhD, Psychologist
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Are you interested in setting specific goals and learning tools to improve your life? I am trained in a model of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) developed by David Burns, M.D. My counseling style is compassionate, but also directive and active. I...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

From acceptance of the present moment, psychotherapy is a step into the unknown. For a moment, you forget what you thought you knew about yourself, life and the world, and see what emerges. The role of the therapist is that of a companion,...

An Overview of Mental Health in San Mateo, California

San Mateo faces many challenges in the mental health care field. Of particular note is the enormous challenge of providing adequate care to teenagers. Rates of depression and anxiety among young people are much higher than the national average. In fact, almost 70 percent of teenagers said they had these feelings on a regular basis. In fact, 38 percent of girls and 23 percent of boys in that age bracket said they had suicidal thoughts. The county is acutely aware of the national statistics on teenage mental health. These include the fact that 80 percent of young people do not seek care for mental illness. As a result, there is a countywide effort to put mental health programs for youth in place.

In the greater region, 5.7 percent of adults said they had had a major depressive episode in the past year. This is roughly equal to state and national averages.

Effects of Substance Abuse, Poverty, and Other Factors

Drug use among young people has increased in San Mateo. 65 percent of students in the eleventh grade said they had tried alcohol. 42 percent said they had tried marijuana. Of particular concern was the rate of prescription drug abuse, which was 16 percent by twelfth grade.

Between 2006 and 2010, 21.9 percent of the greater region reported using illegal drugs in the past year. This is higher than both the state and national average. Substance abuse is a particular concern for mental health. Those who abuse substances often develop mental conditions like anxiety and depression. Meanwhile, those who are mentally ill frequently use substances for relief. This includes alcohol and tobacco as well as drugs.

Regional rates of smoking, which are at about 16.7 percent, were lower than the national average. However, rates of binge drinking were on par with state and national rates. About 22.1 percent of people ages 12 and over said they had drunk to excess in the last month.

But substance abuse is not the only factor to examine. There are many considerations that shape the mental health of a region. Education rates in San Mateo are high. Roughly 47 percent of the population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher. This is higher than the national average. These statistics are significant. Higher education rates make it more likely that people will seek mental health care.

Poverty rates also correlate to people’s tendency to seek treatment for mental conditions. Close to 7 percent of San Mateo residents live below the poverty line. These people may be less likely to seek care for many reasons. They may worry about being able to afford the cost of a therapist. They are also less likely to have health insurance that can help them with medical expenses. This is unfortunate since those who live in poverty have higher rates of mental illness. In particular, these populations experience depression and anxiety.

Mental Health Resources in San Mateo

Though there are challenges for the mental health of San Mateo, the region has many providers. Residents have access to both private care and public programs. For example, the region has a chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI. This national program aims to offer support groups and other mental health services. It also provides community education programs about mental illness. NAMI’s goal is to provide care for those with mental illness and support for their families.

The region is also implementing new programs to help young people find help. There are also many public crisis services available to adults. Medical services have also shown concern for the mental health needs of inmates. These are often indicative of the population at large. Both government programs and private crisis services are being expanded in San Mateo. There are also a large number of rehabilitation programs. The county is becoming more aware of community needs for mental health care. It is taking many steps forward to provide care to its residents.

The Challenges of Finding Mental Health Care Services in San Mateo

Whatever your challenges, finding mental health care services is an intimidating experience. Many people are worried about seeking care. They are concerned about the stigma of mental illness or finding the right caregiver. Our mental health directory is the best place to start. We provide a comprehensive list of all the providers in San Mateo. You can compare services and choose which therapist is right for you. Contact us today to find a qualified counselor in San Mateo.