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Orin Conant

(he/him)

Orin Conant profile image
LMFT
13 years of experience
Solution oriented
Open-minded
Authentic
Virtual
I am a seasoned and dedicated therapist, holding a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and I am based in California. With 13 years of experience in this field, my practice is driven by a profound commitment to assisting individuals in their journey toward self-discovery and personal growth. My therapeutic approach centers around meeting my clients right where they are in their lives, offering them a safe and non-judgmental space to explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. I am deeply passionate about nurturing self-understanding, self-compassion, and self-love, guiding individuals to embrace these qualities as they navigate life's challenges. In my practice, I emphasize the importance of moving away from self-criticism and self-blame, recognizing these patterns as hindrances to personal well-being. Instead, I work collaboratively with my clients to foster self-acceptance and self-compassion, empowering them to build healthier relationships with themselves and others. My ultimate goal as a therapist is to help individuals discover their inner strengths, enhance their self-awareness, and develop the tools they need to lead more fulfilling and contented lives. It's a privilege and a passion of mine to assist others on their journey towards greater self-acceptance and emotional well-being.

Next available: Apr 24

Amy Ratkovich

(she/her)

Amy Ratkovich profile image
LMFT
9 years of experience
Holistic
Warm
Virtual
My approach is first to get to know you and your place in the world, to help you feel comfortable with me, and to learn about what has you seeking therapy. I deeply and intuitively listen. Use all my knowledge and life experience to help guide my clients out of suffering. My mission is to support my clients in becoming resilient in the face of this wild and crazy world so that we might all leave it a better place than we found it.

Next available: Apr 30

Shay DuBois

(she/her)

Shay DuBois profile image
LCSW
9 years of experience
Empowering
Authentic
Warm
Virtual
You struggled to get out of bed today. You just don’t see the point sometimes, working to exist. It all seems so hard to do. You feel more alone in the world than you do at home. It’s like you don’t really fit in anywhere, always feeling anxious, awkward, and self-conscious. You have tried to get help but no one really understands. You’ve tried to talk to your parents about what happened in the past and they make excuses or make it about themselves. You wonder if your memories are real or your imagination. No one really believes you, in fact they blame you when bad things have happened. But your body still lets you know of the pain as you feel like you want to jump out of your skin or you startle easily or maybe you just feel nothing all the time. Are you broken? You don’t want to keep feeling numb and afraid. You don’t want to continue in relationships that leave you feeling less than or abused. But you wonder if you deserve to be happy like other people. You don’t even know what happiness would look like for you because it’s just so uncomfortable- in your skin, at work, and in relationships. You can feel anger percolating so you shut it down. Your head is barely above water and to go there would make you drown. You really don't want to talk about what happened but you know going on like this isn't really living. Are you ready to get started? Let’s move your life from feeling like you are stuck sleepwalking to being awake and engaged. Contact me here to schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation for trauma therapy. https://overcomeanxietytrauma.com

Next available: Apr 24

Renee H. Tunkel

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Renee H. Tunkel profile image
LMFT
25 years of experience
Solution oriented
Authentic
Holistic
Virtual
Please note- I schedule appointments only at the top of each hour. Your healing can start today! My name is Renee H. Tunkel. I go by Hannah. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California since 2011. I have extensive background in body, mind, spirit somatic and holistic therapies. For those inclined, I incorporate a few moments of mindfulness meditation at the start of each session, to bring a centered, grounded focus that allows you to connect more deeply to your Inner and/or Higher Self, as well as to gain access to the unconscious mind, where the root of the issue lies. Since 1997, I have been helping individuals heal from anxiety, chronic pain, childhood trauma, sleep disorders, and problems of early attachment problems (prenatal and birth trauma) through my business All Ways Well Within. I also have been helping couples improve communication, deepen intimacy, and experience more sexual fulfillment in relationships. You are not alone! We all have old beliefs, feelings, and self-defeating patterns that get in the way of expressing our best selves and living our greatest lives, but this can change if you commit to doing the work!

Next available: Apr 23

Blake Kerr

(he/him)

Blake Kerr profile image
LCSW
20 years of experience
Humorous
Intelligent
Direct
Virtual
In-person
3517 Moss Stree...
97 mi
Over human history, people have mostly lived in close-knit communities. This has eroded with the advances in transportation and technology. Most people have lost much of the social support our forebearers enjoyed. Mental Health Professionals have taken on this role in their respective communities and are an excellent resource for you to realize your strengths and improve your well-being. When your car breaks down you take it to a mechanic. When your tooth hurts you see a dentist. When your mental health can use a “tune-up,” see a Mental Health Professional!

Next available: Apr 25

Matthew Tentler

(he/him)

Matthew Tentler profile image
LMFT
9 years of experience
Authentic
Open-minded
Empowering
Virtual
Matthew Tentler is a marriage and family therapist in Southern California. He specializes in treating in depression, post traumatic stress disorder, addiction and cultural, spiritual, and identity issues. 
After working as a teacher, a professional behavioral analyst, and later as a first responder on a mental health crisis team, Mr. Tentler worked as a lead clinician for a non-profit providing aid for survivors of human trafficking, where he developed a trauma informed martial arts, self defense and somatic therapy program.

Next available: Apr 25

Anh Ta

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Anh Ta profile image
LMFT
15 years of experience
Virtual
Welcome! I am a licensed clinician with a masters in marriage and family therapy and a background in pastoral ministry and counseling. I have been a therapist for 15 years and specialize in helping people move through loss, change, relational stress, career stress, and life transition through a holistic, humanistic, eclectic, and straight forward approach. Working with me, you will be challenged to move past the obstacles you face as you move towards your self-defined goals.

Next available: Apr 24

Cristina Giaquinto

(she/her)

Cristina Giaquinto profile image
LCSW
14 years of experience
Virtual
I am a California Licensed Clinical Social Worker with approximately 14 years of experience working with adults and youth. I am compassionate, and curious therapist and in my practice, I create a safe and trusting environment, providing my clients with the emotional support needed to overcome challenging issues and make positive adjustments to be and feel your best. My approach helps clients find their own way through reflection, self care and self compassion.

Next available: Apr 24

Kathy Reagan

Kathy Reagan profile image
LPCC
8 years of experience
Virtual
I am an older woman, who simply grew up confused within most of my own life. Things in my family were hard, and there seemed to be nobody who had any answers, so I grew up trying to figure things out, and I did not always do a great job. I now do a much better job in my own life, and here to help others with figuring out their own life paths, choices, anxieties/depressions/etc. My struggles eventually lead me to this role, as a therapist, a counselor, teacher, guide, support for the many others who are having a hard time figuring "it" out. I use a direct, honest, root-digging approach that seeks to heal at the core, allowing for release of attachments and agreements made long ago - many of these lead to feelings/thoughts/behaviors within shame, guilt, feelings of being a burden or just not good enough, codependency, anger, anxieties, depressions, people-pleasing - simply to just survive the day.

Next available: Apr 25

Albert Nguyen

(he/him)

Albert Nguyen profile image
LCSW
12 years of experience
Solution oriented
Authentic
Empowering
Virtual
Welcome to your turning point. I'm Albert, a dedicated Licensed Psychotherapist, but more than that, I'm your partner in sparking transformative change in your life and relationships. In a world where stress peaks and feeling 'not good enough' becomes a constant shadow, I see you. You're battling, striving for balance, yet often finding yourself overwhelmed by the weight of your inner critic. It's time to break free from this cycle, rediscover happiness, and truly thrive. With stress at unprecedented levels and the quest for happiness seemingly endless, it can feel like an uphill battle to find peace and fulfillment. But imagine a life where you're in control, where peace, calm, and genuine happiness aren't just fleeting moments but a sustained reality. Envision empowering yourself to silence the inner critic that's held you back, embracing your inner hero with every step forward. As your therapist, I aim high: to alleviate your pain, yes, but more importantly, to catalyze your growth and personal development. Utilizing a holistic blend of evidence-based techniques, enriched by my own experiences and inclusive of existential and spiritual insights when fitting, I'm here to guide you from where you are to where you dream to be. Therapy with me is more than a journey; it's a commitment to unlocking your best self, leveraging your unique complexities to uncover endless pathways to growth and self-discovery. Investing in therapy is investing in your unparalleled self. In our sessions, I pledge to meet you with unwavering compassion, to open your mind, embrace your challenges, and apply a diverse array of strategies to fortify your resilience. Together, as a unified team, we'll navigate your path to healing and self-realization.

Next available: Apr 24

Ashwini Gupta MFT, Licensed Therapist, Hummingbird Medicine Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master & Animal Communicator

(she/her)

Ashwini Gupta MFT, Licensed Therapist, Hummingbird Medicine Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master & Animal Communicator profile image
LMFT
20 years of experience
Empowering
Warm
Holistic
Virtual
Namaste, my name is Ashwini Gupta and I am Therapist/Intuitive Life Coach specializing in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as Vedanta and Mindfulness-based practices. With 20 plus of experience helping individuals navigate life's challenges, I am passionate about empowering my clients to live more meaningful and fulfilling lives truly being in touch with the essence of soul identity. Using ACT as my primary therapeutic approach, I create a warm and non-judgmental space where we can work together to address difficulties such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. ACT combines mindfulness, acceptance, and behavior change strategies to guide clients towards psychological flexibility, allowing them to better handle distress and align their actions with their deeply-held values. What is ACT? At its core, ACT is a behavioral therapy: it’s about taking action. But it’s not about just any old action. First, it’s about values-guided action. There’s a big existential component to this model: **What do you want to stand for in life? **What really matters, deep in your heart? **What is the legacy do you want to create for yourself? ACT gets you in touch with what matters in the big picture: your heart’s deepest desires for who you want to be and what you want to do during your brief time on this planet. You then use these core values to guide, motivate, and inspire behavioral change. What is Vedanta? Vedanta is one of the world's oldest philosophies which affirms the oneness of existence and the divinity of the soul. A close look at the word "Vedanta" is revealing: It is the combination of 2 words: "Veda" which means 'knowledge' and "anta" which means 'the goal of'. In this context, knowledge refers to understanding one's own divine nature- meaning and purpose in life.

Next available: Apr 26

Chenda Dyck

(she/her)

Chenda Dyck profile image
LMFT
8 years of experience
Warm
Empowering
Solution oriented
Virtual
Chenda Dyck, LMFT holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Physical Therapy from Fresno Pacific University and a Master of Science degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from California State University, Fresno (2016). Born in Cambodia, Chenda came to the U.S. in 2003 with the love and sponsorship of an adoptive American family.

Next available: Apr 30

Paul Deger

(he/him)

Paul Deger profile image
LPCC
26 years of experience
Virtual
I get it - you are busy, tired, and overwhelmed. Therapy may seem like just more on your To Do list. Sustainable change does require effort and time - I will not waste either of these precious resources of yours! Together, we will find a reasonable and compassionate way forward. Together, we determine the goals you want to work towards and develop an action-oriented plan to get there. Together, we identify barriers to progress as they occur and creative, realistic ways to move beyond. I bring 37 years of experience in healthcare to my work, first as a physical therapist, specializing in neurological disorders. Shifting focus from physical to mental health, I completed graduate studies at Naropa University, earning a Master's in Mindfulness-Based Counseling Psychology. On retreat, I have trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli formerly of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and studied Buddhism and meditation in sangha with Lloyd Burton, a Dharma teacher from Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Recognizing the impact of spirituality on health, I also studied pastoral care at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. I have worked with clients in hospital-based, private practice, and home-based family-directed care. I have taught mindfulness meditation, stress management, and health behavior change nationally to doctors, allied healthcare professionals, businesses, and government agencies, as well as an invited speaker at professional conferences and universities. I also have a long history as a corporate trainer, with a specialty in coaching nurses and health educators to deliver disease management and health behavior change services. When not working, I enjoy vintage car shows with my son who is on the Autism Spectrum and rock climbing.

Next available: Apr 24

Michael Najera

(he/him)

Michael Najera profile image
LMFT
10 years of experience
Virtual
Hi There! My name is Michael. I have my master's in clinical psychology, focusing on marriage and family therapy LMFT. I did my internship at Glendale Adventis Hospital, dual diagnosis program. Just because I'm an expert in my field, does not make me an expert about you. You have lived a life experience that no one can teach about in a grad course. You will teach me much more than the classes I took. I take many CE units (I joined an unlimited program), read work related books just for fun, and truly enjoy my work and private life. I'm grateful for everything! Outside the office I have two adult children, love to water ski, play drums, race cars, and fix things.

Next available: Apr 29

Maria Rheba Estante

(she/her)

Maria Rheba Estante  profile image
LMFT
11 years of experience
Authentic
Empowering
Virtual
If someone asked you not to think for 10 minutes how hard would that be? Is overthinking about the “What Ifs” driving you to relentlessly check things over and over again? Are you determined to find certainty in an uncertain world? Do you frequently ask others repeatedly if something or someone is going to be OK? No matter how much you do a task or say a particular thing does peace of mind elude you? Does the compulsion to handwash, re-read, double check, pray, or re-arrange items never provide lasting relief? Do you find yourself burdened by intrusive thoughts that strike against your will and preoccupy your mind for hours a day? OCD is characterized by unabating obsessions matched with intense mental or behavioral rituals to relieve the anxiety provoked. It is not treated by “talk therapy” but with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Through customized gradual exposures, ERP is an evidence-based method of intervention to reduce the severity of OCD symptoms. ERP is a collaborative and creative approach to learning new skills and strategies to become comfortable with uncertainty and more confident in your ability to handle life’s unexpected challenges. My style is compassionate, client centered, and culturally sensitive. What to do if you’re nervous about sharing your thoughts with me in therapy? If you're too embarrassed to share something, you can write it down, you can use visuals, you can type it. We can work around this to find other ways that you can deliver the communication. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Registered Out-of-State Telehealth Provider in Florida, South Carolina, and Vermont. My treatment focus is on neurodivergent issues, gifted learners, individuals coping to manage life transitions, women’s mental health issues around shifting roles in family and career, and immigration/re-entry adjustment stressors.

Next available: May 2

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