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573 therapists in California specializing in Self Esteem

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Stephanie Reyes

Stephanie Reyes profile image
LCSW
6 years of experience
Virtual
I understand that sometimes life can be challenging and can hinder personal growth, happiness, relationships, quality of life, professional success, parenting among other things. You feel like you are spinning your wheels but not going anywhere. You feel exhausted, overwhelmed, anxious, apathetic, sad and/or irritated. You may be surprised to know that there are ways to cope with these feelings so you can grab the reigns and get back on that horse! You want to create meaningful changes but aren’t sure where to start. I believe that the catalyst to that change exists within each of us, sometimes we need a little help to find it. I have experience working with older adults, adults, (teens 17+), veterans, active-duty military and their families, college students, EMS personnel, and caregivers in the treatment of mental health and life transition issues, marital issues, interpersonal issues, deployment, military separation, reunification, divorce, pregnancy, work and school issues, parenting and end of life issues (grief/placement). I can also provide case-management services, life coaching and ESA evaluations/letters.

Next available: May 29

Ilena Sussman

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Ilena Sussman profile image
LMFT
20 years of experience
Warm
Authentic
Empowering
Virtual
Providing psychotherapeutic services to those seeking emotional sustenance and healthy psychological support during these very stressful times. I have been working in this field for approximately 20 years now. My experience is with all school grade levels, as well as adults from all walks of life. I find that the ideal patient is open-minded (willing to look at things from different perspectives), consistent (with attendance/self-care/psychoeducation), and humble to learn. My patients have described me as kind, trustworthy, accepting, an excellent mentor, dependable, and down-to-earth. Short-term and long-term assistance provided for: Adults (18+) Individual Therapy Anxiety Depression Coping Skills ADHD Asperger’s Syndrome Autism Spectrum Disorder Codependency Developmental Disorders Intellectual Disability Life Transitions Peer Relationships Self-Esteem Spirituality Stress Women’s Issues Mood Disorders Thinking Disorders Trauma Certified

Next available: May 28

Aisha Cunningham

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Aisha Cunningham profile image
LCSW
10 years of experience
Empowering
Humorous
Authentic
Virtual
Hello my name is Aisha Cunningham, I am a dedicated and compassionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a specialization in trauma, depression, anxiety, and stress. I create a special and nurturing environment for clients. With 10 years of experience in the field, I have developed a deep understanding of the complex nature of these mental health challenges and I am committed to helping individuals overcome their struggles and find healing. As a trauma informed care therapist, I recognize the profound impact that traumatic experiences can have on an individual's overall well-being. Through holistic therapeutic techniques or evidence-based practices, I provide a non-judgmental, special and nurturing space for clients to explore their trauma, process their emotions, and develop effective coping strategies. I also work with women of color that may need a space to process their day-to-day life, work stress, personal life without feeling stressed, judged and overwhelmed. With a compassionate and non-judgmental approach, I empower clients to regain control over their lives and move towards a path of resilience and recovery.

Next available: Jun 2

Jerome Scott,LMFT

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Jerome Scott,LMFT profile image
LMFT
20 years of experience
Empowering
Authentic
Intelligent
Virtual
I have been licensed as Marriage Family Therapist since April 3,2003. My area of clinical practice has focused on addressing the underlining causes of anxiety, addiction and depressive disorders. In addition, I have acquired a fundamental understanding of crisis that affects the struggle involving martial relationships. As a Marriage Therapist, I have expertise in the utilization of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It my clinical experience that if you can effectively change your thoughts process your life will radically change for the better.

Next available: Jun 5

Kim Lottes

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LMFT
15 years of experience
Warm
Authentic
Intelligent
Virtual
Welcome! I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in CA. I received my master's degree in Counseling Psychology from University of San Francisco and have over ten years of experience working with spirituality, grief, and life transitions. I take people on a journey of initiation and reclamation to remember their true essence. My own path has involved listening within and following my heart's guidance. This allows me to offer a unique perspective aimed at healing and stepping into your wholeness.

Next available: May 29

Liz Rojas

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Liz Rojas profile image
PhD
9 years of experience
Empowering
Solution oriented
Direct
Virtual
Welcome! I'm Liz. Have you noticed your outlook on your life growing increasingly grim? Perhaps struggling in your self-confidence, your ability to trust yourself or others in relationships, or enact positive change in your circumstances. I am a person-centered, integrative therapist that will instill hope to guide you to live a life rooted in your personal beliefs and values successfully. Whether you may be struggling with PTSD/trauma (including racial stress and acculturation), depression, anxiety, stress management, painful emotions, relationship difficulties, or making a healthy behavior change, I am here to tailor your treatment to you. I am an evidence-based therapist, who uses a multicultural approach to understand you, what has influenced your beliefs/values, and how your perspectives and life journey has evolved. I will partner with you on guiding you to a life worthy of you, using techniques that are proven to improve symptoms and achieve an optimal quality of life. I'm ready to collaborate with you!

Next available: Jun 7

Janna Spiegel

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Janna Spiegel profile image
LCSW
6 years of experience
Authentic
Empowering
Virtual
Are you struggling to understand a recent break-up or are you dissatisfied with where you are in life and feel ready to make some changes? Are you looking for a safe and non-judgmental space where you can share your feelings? I specialize in working with women who are struggling with relationship challenges, job stress, life transitions, work-life balance (parenting), or low self-esteem. Through our work together, I will guide and support you as you shift from ways that are not working to ways that do. My style is warm, compassionate, interactive and I use curiosity to help you discover new ways of thinking and explore new perspectives. Through our collaboration, we will uncover your strengths as I support you to create the positive change you are seeking. Making the choice to start therapy can be intimidating, and anxiety-producing. My down-to-earth and relatable style makes this process easy and smooth. I look forward to supporting you as you begin your journey toward becoming the best version of yourself.

Next available: May 30

Jennifer Wendell

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Jennifer Wendell profile image
LCSW
25 years of experience
Authentic
Warm
Solution oriented
Virtual
Hello, I am Jennifer. I am a licensed therapist with over 25 years of experience supporting people of all ages through various transitions and challenges. I offer a unique approach to mental health that integrates clinical therapy with moderate physical exercise in the great outdoors. I focus on helping people with anxiety, depression, life transitions, stress/burnout, infertility and alcohol misuse while increasing nourishing habits such as exercise, sleep, nutrition, and other practices that reduce symptoms and calm the nervous system. Have you ever wished you could get in-person therapy without having to sit in an office with the therapist? Do you feel too busy to schedule both therapy and exercise into one day and wish the two could be combined? If so, then "walk and talk" could be a good fit for you. I offer the opportunity to receive counseling or coaching while outside in nature and moving your body. Research demonstrates that both exercise and spending time outdoors in sunlight and green spaces provides a reduction in symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and stress while improving mood overall. My unique "walk and talk" method addresses all three aspects of healing and growth: physical, psychological, and spiritual. Have you found yourself wondering if you are drinking too much and/or too often? Are you tired of experiencing low energy, anxiety, depression, disrupted sleep, sugar cravings, etc. and you wish you had a coach to support you as you navigate a new way of living alcohol free? If you are sober curious, I am here to help!

Next available: May 28

Natalie Blair

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Natalie Blair profile image
LMFT
15 years of experience
Warm
Authentic
Humorous
Virtual
I’m so happy you’re here! You’ve already taken the most difficult step to improve your life. Now it’s my turn to take your hand and help you through the next steps of your journey. My job is to empower women to reclaim their sexuality. By taking ownership of your body and your pleasure, you can refresh your zest for life. I have over 15 years of experience in mental health. I am a sex therapist who utilizes cognitive behavioral, narrative, and solution- focused techniques to enable you to take control of your mental well-being. Good mental health is not a luxury, it is an essential component of a healthy life. You have the power within you to change your mindset and become who you are meant to be. Let me help you learn to live and love authentically!

Next available: Jun 21

Marisa Schimmel

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Marisa Schimmel profile image
LCSW
7 years of experience
Warm
Intelligent
Solution oriented
Virtual
I'm Marisa, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (115264) who received my Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California, specializing in children, youth, and families. I have expertise in working with individual adults specializing in Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Transitions, Relationship Issues, and Self Esteem. I utilize collaborative treatment approaches based on your individual needs because I feel that every person is unique with a different story. I strive to help you feel empowered and to develop a stronger relationship with yourself. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, spending quality time with family and friends, and anything related to the arts.

Next available: Jun 3

Clint Edwards

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LCSW
9 years of experience
Empowering
Open-minded
Solution oriented
Virtual
Whole-Hearted Therapy Centered on Genuine Connection. Ever had therapy that feels like it drags on without any results? Research shows the Power of Connection drives roughly 60% of Therapeutic Success. My Compassionate Therapy Style focuses on Building Bridges of Trust and cultivating a meaningful connection with positive outcomes. So, how do you find the best therapist for you? That's a great question. And it's one that most people struggle with answering whether it's their first or umpteenth search. Is it the therapist him/herself, their personality, theoretical approach, or specialty? While all these factors are important, it shouldn't be your responsibility to find the best clinician; rather it's the clinician's responsibility to become the best therapist for you. I also have a particular interest in using holistic practices to help create great results for depression & anxiety disorders as well as trauma/PTSD and other mental/behavioral conditions. These include EFT Tapping, breathing/mindfulness/meditation, and Amino Acids, etc. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Addiction Counselor with nearly nine years of extensive professional experience in both mental health and addiction. Further, I have a personal background in overcoming addictions as well as several mental health and learning disabilities. Whether you're seeking help to overcome addiction, mental health conditions or career counseling, I've dedicated my professional life to becoming YOUR BEST clinician. Transform Your Mental Health Story: Break Free from disheartening therapy experiences with my Empathetic Approach. Ready for a change? Let’s connect for a video conference consultation. From the comfort of your own space, let’s start your journey towards a happier, healthier you!

Next available: Jun 3

Monique Little

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Monique Little profile image
LPCC
8 years of experience
Virtual
Hello and welcome! My name is Monique, and I am a clinical therapist. I am looking forward to meeting people where they are and becoming a small, but meaningful part of their journeys. I’ve been doing this work for a while now and I know the importance of research to finding an appropriate fit. My goal is to be of service and to help people that are looking to grow and heal. I have extensive training and experience in evidence-based modalities such as CBT and trauma-informed care. I have worked with several populations, including but not limited to; veterans, college students, people who struggle with addiction, couples, families, people struggling with marginalized identities as well as those looking to improve their quality of life, by way of personal growth, or trauma resolution. The approach that I employ is from a humanistic perspective. I understand the importance of respect and safety to the explorative process of being in therapy. CBT is utilized as a proven and effective way to treat a myriad of disorders, or simply to grow in perspective as an individual or as a member of a family unit/romantic partnership. I wish you only the best on your journey to wellness, even if our paths do not cross, best of luck. If you are interested in the services that I provide, please do not hesitate to reach out and start the process. I hope to hear from you soon.

Next available: May 30

Brandy Smith

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Brandy Smith profile image
LCSW
9 years of experience
Solution oriented
Direct
Empowering
Virtual
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker providing psychotherapy services in California and Rhode Island (LCSW / LICSW). My expertise encompasses anxiety, depression, grief, relational challenges, major life transitions, adjusting to difficult health diagnoses, and trauma processing. In my work with clients, I prioritize building a collaborative partnership that cultivates compassion, respect, self-esteem, and resilience. As a United States Veteran with extensive deployment experience, I am highly attuned to the stressors of Military and Veteran life. My specialization lies in treating individuals grappling with the effects of past physical, emotional, or combat-related trauma. Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) through EMDRIA; I am dedicated to creating a nonjudgmental and supportive therapeutic environment. My passion as a mental health clinician is deliberate: to guide you authentically and effectively on your wellness journey. I firmly believe that regardless of one's experiences, individuals have control over how they narrate their lives. My goal is to assist you in discovering and embracing your true self. Recognizing the unique nature of each person's path to recovery, I create custom treatment plans designed to reduce symptoms and stabilize mood through a comprehensive mental health model addressing the physical, mental, emotional, and physiological aspects of each client. My ultimate desire is to help you realize that long-term change is not only possible but also sustainable through intentional and consistent efforts. Learning to identify triggers for negative thoughts and beliefs empowers you to regain control of your life and infuse it with new meaning. To me, the essence of therapy lies in reconditioning maladaptive perspectives, building emotional intelligence, and providing guidance on navigating life circumstances. Through conscious and continual effort, you will develop adaptive coping skills, allowing you to manifest the very best version of yourself each day. The therapist-client relationship is unique, serving as the foundation for change and the stage for healing. Reaching out for assistance is a courageous first step toward healing and growth. I welcome the opportunity to speak with you, offering support in reaching your goals and navigating your struggles. Book an appointment with me today.

Next available: May 29

Wendy Mark

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Wendy Mark profile image
LMFT
15 years of experience
Warm
Solution oriented
Empowering
Virtual
Hi, I'm Wendy Mark, LMFT, your Chronic Pain Therapist in Los Angeles, California. Are you feeling stuck in chronic pain and doctors have told you there isn’t anything more they can do? Have your activities decreased so much that you are no longer doing the things that you used to enjoy? Whether you have been dealing with pain for 6 months or 50 years, we can work together to help you decrease your pain levels and get you back to living a life filled with joy in a reasonably short amount of time. In my own journey through pain, I tried every treatment possible to get rid of the pain and I was desperate to find a treatment that worked. I was lost. Then I discovered Pain Reprocessing Therapy, and it was a total game changer for me! While my passion is working with clients with chronic pain, I have also had over 15 years of success in working with a wide range of mental health issues including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, relationship issues, school problems, trauma and PTSD, and women's issues. I enjoy empowering clients to reach their full potential.

Next available: May 28

Marlys Woods

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Marlys Woods profile image
LMFT
8 years of experience
Intelligent
Empowering
Authentic
Virtual
I am a board-certified Music Therapist and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has spent the last 12 years specializing in helping clients overcome addiction, eating disorders, anxiety, and/or depression. “Feel it... Face it... Freedom!” is my motto and the basis of the work I do with clients. I believe that living a fulfilling, enjoyable life is a birthright. I believe everyone deserves to explore their dreams, and the work we do addresses anything that is holding you back from creating and living a life you love.

Next available: May 28

John Cothran

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John Cothran profile image
LMFT
22 years of experience
Solution oriented
Open-minded
Warm
Virtual
Change is stressful and adolescence is a period of enormous change - especially so these days with the pandemic, social media, gender politics, and looming concerns about the future. Many, many teens today feel overwhelmed by pressure. Struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, relationship problems, drugs, alcohol and academic problems is common. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that by 2021 49.5% of adolescents in the U.S. had a mental disorder, with females, LGBTQIA, and multiracial individuals at the highest risk. If you are a teen or the parent of a teen in pain and looking for a way forward, I can help. I began work as a counseling psychotherapist in 1994. Since then I've helped many adolescents, adults, couples, and parents ease their suffering and overcome problems such as these. My effectiveness as a helper comes from 1) listening carefully to understand your concerns and experience 2) non-judgementally accepting you as you are 3) knowing that you are the expert on you and planning treatment collaboratively with you to achieve your goals. 4) Providing the tools of skills training and coaching to empower you to heal and thrive For me, it's all about knowing that my clients don't need to be fixed. They need to be understood, accepted, provided with effective tools for solving their problems and trusted to overcome their difficulties in a way that works for them so they can feel better, function better and begin living life as they choose to. My approach is straightforward and built on compassion and evidence-based techniques.

Next available: May 28

Dr. Aline Smith

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Dr. Aline Smith profile image
LMFT
37 years of experience
Warm
Authentic
Open-minded
Virtual
Hello I have 37-years of clinical experience including, trauma-informed therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Anger Management, Domestic Violence Intervention ,victims of sex and child abuse. Other areas of expertise include performing Immigration Evaluations, Marriage Annulments and evaluations for applicants for seminary studies. I am compassionate and empathetic. I am fluent in both English and Spanish.

Next available: Jun 5

Cathy Martin

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Cathy Martin profile image
LMFT
15 years of experience
Direct
Solution oriented
Authentic
Virtual
Have you ever asked yourself, "why don't I feel good about myself and my choices in life?" I want to help you explore those feelings and get to the root cause so we can reveal the parts of you that feel alive and whole again. Do you remember the hopes and dreams you had as a child? What happened to those dreams? It could be life events or circumstances, some that were out of your control and some that you made consciously or unconsciously. If you have experienced trauma, sexual trauma, this can contribute to your mental, physical, and emotional struggles. Sexual trauma is not easy to discuss, as it is a taboo topic, and you may not find you can share your story with your friends and family. Secrecy is part of the toxic shame that often leads to issues with self-esteem, relationships, intimacy, and other behavioral problems. Every person has the answers within themselves to reveal the shiny pearl in the bed of a sandy oyster. I can help you if you are ready to do the work of personal growth and healing.

Next available: Jun 4

Reina M. Michelle

Reina M. Michelle profile image
LMFT
16 years of experience
Direct
Solution oriented
Empowering
Virtual
Welcome! I am Reina Michelle, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in helping people who are going through difficult times in their lives. I help by being a good listener and teaching communication skills that can make a big difference in improving their relationships with others. I also am experienced in working with people who have anxiety, depression, chronic illness and mood disorders as I have been certified in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) treatment. Sometimes we need a little help when life becomes too difficult to handle on our own. Looking at our problems from a different perspective can make a difference in becoming able to live harmoniously with our family and friends. I have a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from JFK University in San Jose, CA. I live in Santa Cruz, CA, and have worked with clients throughout Northern California for over 15 years.

Next available: May 30

Alexandra Lascano-Rusu

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Alexandra Lascano-Rusu profile image
LMFT
5 years of experience
Warm
Solution oriented
Authentic
Virtual
I specialize in working with clients experiencing anxiety or depression who wish to break people-pleasing patterns. I'm passionate about demystifying therapy and empowering clients to understand their underlying issues in order to transform from the root up. I aim to bridge the gap between sessions and help form a clear path for my clients' progress. My therapeutic approach is both nurturing and structured: I listen and offer support just as much as I offer appropriate challenges. If you are feeling eager to understand yourself, to see yourself fully, and to practice self-compassion while changing harmful behaviors/thoughts, we're likely a good fit. My work consists of building rapport and insight, examining patterns, and practicing helpful skills (together + at home). I combine a variety of nervous system and cognitive tools in personalized ways with each client. At my core, I believe in choice and shared effort. Whatever we do, from the intro call onward, is a collaboration. I know finding a therapist can be difficult, and you want to be in good hands. If you resonate with me, please don't hesitate to reach out for that intro call or email! I'll be warmly waiting on the other end to make sure that we're a good fit, or at least that you leave our call with some resources and referrals for clinicians who might be a better fit.

Next available: May 27

Merisa Bambur, LMFT, ATR

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Merisa Bambur, LMFT, ATR profile image
LMFT
8 years of experience
Authentic
Warm
Intelligent
Virtual
Do you find yourself doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result? Are you struggling to find balance in your life? Do you feel like there's a part of you that has died and hasn't come back to life? Hi, my name is Merisa. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Art Therapist and artist. I help highly functioning adults manage their stressors and find more balance in life. I am an art therapist, meaning we will use art as a communication tool to express emotions, process trauma and relieve stress. I have many clients who are not willing to do art therapy, and that's okay as well! Talking is just as effective. If you're from a family who didn't talk about feelings, and/or avoided conflict, it is possible that talking about your feelings isn't easy. I am here to help ease you into it. Therapy is like exercising. You will be working new muscles and I'm here to help you get stronger. Professional Background: I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts, minoring in Psychology in 2014 and graduated with my Masters in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy in 2016. I was always creative and wanted to help others which lead me in the direction of art therapy and LMFT. I have worked at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, providing therapy to patients and families; multiple addiction treatment centers and I was also a school counselor. I have been in recovery for years, and have personal and professional experience working with teens, adults and families in substance use and mental health treatment. I am willing to help you with addiction, anxiety, PTSD, low self-esteem, and relationship issues.

Next available: May 28

Dr. Christina Dawn Nelson, Ph.D.

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Dr. Christina Dawn Nelson, Ph.D. profile image
PhD
12 years of experience
Authentic
Empowering
Solution oriented
Virtual
Hi there, I'm Dr. Christina. Do you have a hard time regulating your emotions? Are you struggling to find meaning and value in life? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? How are your relationships with others? I am a licensed clinical psychologist with several years of experience working in clinical psychology settings, ranging from an inpatient psychiatric hospital to a women's residential substance use disorder treatment program. I help people who are easily overwhelmed to learn distress tolerance techniques and stress management skills. Together, we can strategize about what to do to help you to manage your emotions. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I also integrate mindfulness, yoga and art to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself. Whether you're dealing with overwhelm, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, I'm here to help. Seeking therapy can feel scary but you're making the right choice. You deserve a safe space to heal and grow. In our sessions together, I'll meet you with compassion and evidence-based techniques so you can overcome the hangups and habits holding you back. Let's work together!

Next available: May 28

Katja Rapp

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Katja Rapp profile image
LMFT
18 years of experience
Authentic
Empowering
Challenging
Virtual
I believe that we all have resources within us that help us through life's difficulties and can also provide healing, but sometimes we need a little help and guidance on our way to get back on the path that is right for us. I want to help guide you back to this route and find a connection to your “Self” again, using an approach that is tailored to your individual needs. I specialize in working with individuals who struggle with eating disorders, trauma, grief, loss, LGBTQ+, HIV and AIDS, substance abuse, as well as, anxiety and depression/bipolar.

Clarissa Chui

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Clarissa Chui profile image
LCSW
8 years of experience
Warm
Open-minded
Virtual
Hi there. I’m Clarissa, a licensed clinical social worker based in California. I received my Masters Degree from Cal State Sacramento with 8 years of experience. I have had the privilege of working with both minors and adults, those with acculturation conflict and generational trauma, those experiencing acute mental health crisis or life transitions, and those personally or know of loved ones struggling with addiction. All with the common theme of making a conscious decision to take back control.

Next available: May 30

Pam Fenenbock

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Pam Fenenbock profile image
LMFT
25 years of experience
Warm
Authentic
Empowering
Virtual
Hello, I'm an experienced therapist with over 20 years in the field. I have always been interested in people’s stories and support clients facing a variety of issues: insomnia, sadness, anxiety, grief/loss, relationship challenges, work and life stress,and lgbtq support. If you are facing a challenge,it may be helpful to talk to an empathetic professional trained to help you develop new perspectives, feel supported and make changes. My focus is on the uniqueness of each client and feel it is important to establish rapport and a partnership so that the therapy experience is collaborative. I will not simply sit and listen but will interact, ask questions, and offer suggestions. I enjoy working with adults of any age in individual therapy. Some of my specialties include stress management, grief and loss, anxiety , self-esteem and supporting clients facing life changes. With more than 20 years of experience, I consider myself an eclectic therapist using an Integrative Holistic approach. I use a variety of tools from different therapies including Rogerian, Cognitive Behavioral, Guided Imagery, Mindfulness, Solution Focused, Client Centered and Family of Origin in order to best support a client’s journey toward relief and wholeness of Mind, Body, and Spirit. I look forward to working with you and invite you to reach out.

Next available: May 29

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