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Mental Health Therapists and Counselors in California

Mental Health Crisis Response in California

You can access your local crisis hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The California Coalition for Youth also has a youth line available. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or just need someone to talk to, call or text 1-800-843-5200. If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, you can always call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The State of Mental Health in California

California ranks 21st in the United States for mental healthcare. California Mental Health Service Authority aims to increase accessibility and utilization, and improve outcomes by focusing on early prevention, transparency, and cultural competency. Training qualified therapists, counselors, and psychologists ensures that Californians will receive high quality care. California’s diverse population requires the workforce to learn to learn about unique challenges they may encounter. Therapists are trained in an array of skills and techniques to enable them to work with racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse populations. Focusing on early diagnosis in youth, CalMHSA makes it easier for youth to get their mental health needs met. This includes increasing access through California’s school systems. By increasing awareness, easing access to therapists, psychologists, and school counselors, and developing the workforce, California is armed with the initiatives to increase prevention of mental health illnesses.

Community Mental Health Services Block Grant

The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant is dedicated to alleviating the financial burdens associated with receiving mental healthcare. Adults with severe mental illness and children with severe emotional disturbance are prioritized for these funds. The California State Department Health Care Services (DHCS) allocates this money, and administers care that encompasses over 150 individual programs that are supported by the block grant. Learn more about the CMHS Block Grant here. 

For assistance in navigating treatment for substance abuse in California, contact the California Substance Abuse Line at 1-844-326-2626. This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are LGBTQ+ and you need support, contact The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386.

NAMI California

The National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI, is open to anyone struggling with mental illness. NAMI is an inclusive and community-based resource geared towards raising awareness and supporting group members on their journey to recovery. With group counseling sessions led by a trained member with a diagnosis (past or present), meetings follow a set of 12 principles for support. NAMI meetings are meant to complement your existing treatment plan with your counselor or psychologist. There are many chapters of NAMI that meet in California. Find yours here. 

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Therapists and Counselors in California

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Melissa Murren
Melissa Murren
Together, we will:

We'll work on finding solutions and strategies to problems you're facing today, but we'll also look at patterns that recur and keep you locked into repeating problems again & again. This way, you'll finally be able to make changes that last!

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Melissa Murren
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Together, we will:

We'll work on finding solutions and strategies to problems you're facing today, but we'll also look at patterns that recur and keep you locked into repeating problems again & again. This way, you'll finally be able to make changes that last!

Something to know about my approach is:

I have a lot of experience working with all different types of people, and I love learning from my clients. I hope you'll find our work together to be collaborative, empowering, and meaningful. I'm here to help you hear your voice more clearly.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Finding Meaning or Purpose
  • Life Transitions
  • Loss & Grief
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Briana Lefman
Briana Lefman
Together, we will:

I work with individuals who struggle with finding inner peace. You know that pit we get in our stomachs and throats? (It's our avoidance to face our unresolved stuff; it feels scary and overwhelming). I help you heal your trauma without re-living it.

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Briana Lefman
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Together, we will:

I work with individuals who struggle with finding inner peace. You know that pit we get in our stomachs and throats? (It's our avoidance to face our unresolved stuff; it feels scary and overwhelming). I help you heal your trauma without re-living it.

Something to know about my approach is:

I was not a happy person. I truly believed people wouldn't 'get me'. I struggled with numbness and detachment. I felt alone and completely misunderstood. I joined the field of Psychology to help others work through their unresolved pain.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Addiction Counseling
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Codependency
  • Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)
  • Death / Loss / Grief
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • Love Addiction
  • Self Esteem & Confidence Issues
  • Self-Worth
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma
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Soad Tabrizi
Soad Tabrizi
Together, we will:

work through feeling anxious, scared, alone, fearful, defeated, disappointed, confused, tired, depressed, unmotivated and/or lost - I am absolutely here to help. Steering you towards your ultimate path will always be the goal.

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Soad Tabrizi
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  • ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS
  • OFFERS REMOTE THERAPY
Together, we will:

work through feeling anxious, scared, alone, fearful, defeated, disappointed, confused, tired, depressed, unmotivated and/or lost - I am absolutely here to help. Steering you towards your ultimate path will always be the goal.

Something to know about my approach is:

My intuition and skills work hand-in-hand. You don't just get the text-book me, but you get the real me - the honest me that helps push you in the direction you want for your life.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Addiction Counseling
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career Counseling
  • Career Transitions
  • Caregiver Stress
  • Caregiving
  • Codependency
  • Cutting and Self Harm
  • Death / Loss / Grief
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Faith and Spirituality
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Impulsive Behavior
  • Intrusive Thoughts
  • Loss & Grief
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Relationship Distress
  • Self care
  • Self Esteem & Confidence Issues
  • self understanding
  • Substance Abuse Aftercare Planning
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Work stress
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Jessica Groberio
Jessica Groberio
Together, we will:

I appreciate a person's ability to recognize they are in need of outside assistance, whether it is due to a more recent stressor, or a chronic issue that has not been effectively resolved. People's pasts and current lives are important to explore.

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Jessica Groberio
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Together, we will:

I appreciate a person's ability to recognize they are in need of outside assistance, whether it is due to a more recent stressor, or a chronic issue that has not been effectively resolved. People's pasts and current lives are important to explore.

Something to know about my approach is:

My approach to therapy tends to be more directive as I believe that many people lack having someone in their life who is able to gently confront you in your maladaptive coping mechanisms and patterns. This requires a strong working alliance and trust

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Caregiver Stress
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychological/Neurocognitive Evaluations
  • Work-Life Balance
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Jacqueline James-Friedman
Jacqueline James-Friedman
Together, we will:

Past experiences that negatively impact current behaviors. Together we will find new ways to overcome those challenges and "Walk the Path to a Better Future."

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Jacqueline James-Friedman
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  • ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS
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Together, we will:

Past experiences that negatively impact current behaviors. Together we will find new ways to overcome those challenges and "Walk the Path to a Better Future."

Something to know about my approach is:

My clients will experience a warm, non judgmental, no nonsense approach to finding solutions and interventions to assist in resolving current issues and potentially long standing negative behaviors.

FOCUS AREAS:
  • Anxiety
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Postpartum
  • Trauma
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