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Top 10 counselors in San Diego, CA

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Collada Counseling

Collada Counseling

New on Thervo
Offers online services
2+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
I am not an expert. I have skills, knowledges, and experiences just as you do. Therapy is a journey and on this journey I will work collaboratively with you. Throughout our journey we might find a better understanding of the problems, some of their effects, and some things that might contribute. Throughout our work together we will explore values and identify positions regarding different ideas that might allow you to identify preferred directions you would like to travel. I enjoy when I have created a safe space to process or explore something hard. I find it incredibly powerful when I get to witness someone share a challenge, connect to a p

3+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Cierra B. says, "Wow! Josh and Jacyln are the best! They saved our relationship. Their totally unique and original method of counseling is better than anything I’ve ever done! I’ve been in counseling my whole life and have experienced many types of counseling/therapy/psychology like EDMR, dbt, cbt. My fiancé has never been to a single counseling session in his life! Because he felt safe and encouraged he is having breakthrough after breakthrough. It has been incredibly powerful! We chose the “return to love package” (which is the all in option- a weekly counseling session, which is individual as well as a couple, on alternating weeks. Plus this includes daily mon-fri mentoring. I work with Jacyln and my fiancé works with Josh. We can send voice messages, venting, sharing wins, asking questions, help with a disagreement… it’s been invaluable) We each are growing and learning about each other, our communication has improved completely and I trust my fiancé again. I’m amazed with how effective they are. They are an Exceptional couple! Josh and Jaclyn are beautiful and genuine people, i completely feel the love and care from them both. J&J Counseling value is priceless, & best thing I could’ve signed up for. Went from too much fighting and deception to trust and love and being best friends again. Biggest blessing in the world! I’m so grateful! Highly recommend!" Read more
Season Massage

Season Massage

Offers online services
4 hires on Thervo
5+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Trevor F. says, "Jessica was very professional during our appointment and provided me with an expert level massage. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great massage." Read more
Daphne Balcazar Relationship/Life Coach

Daphne Balcazar Relationship/Life Coach

Offers online services
6 hires on Thervo
24+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
Sam T. says, "Daphne is so personable shes understanding and so wise! I love that she really cares about her clients and listens but also gives you exactly what you need to hear she has helped me so much I would highly recommend daphne shes changed my life around !" Read more
Steffe B

Steffe B

New on Thervo
Offers online services
1 hire on Thervo
24+ years in business
Serves San Diego, CA
I have been working with people through my proven system to reach their goals in parenting, relationships, careers and nutrition for over 20 years. We start with a discovery call to clarify your goals and desires and to ensure we are a good fit. I then create a tailored program for your success. As we work through you'll find your stress level decreases as your communication and clarity of your needs improve. I am excited to hear from you. Look forward to speaking with you and seeing you grow. It all begins with "YOU" Steffe B The most gratifying part of my job is watching my clients soar. As they grow achieving their goals and d...

Your counseling questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thervo.

How much does counseling cost?

Counseling costs $100 to $250 per session if not covered by insurance, depending on your location, type of counseling, and the counselor's specialty. Prices are on the high end of the range in major metropolitan areas like New York and San Francisco. The average cost of counseling with insurance is $20 to $60 per session for the copay.

Online counseling costs $50 to $110 per week through websites that offer a membership plan. Plans on the lower end of the price range are typically limited to support via text or email messaging only, while plans at the higher end of the range include scheduled video sessions with a licensed counselor or therapist.

Marriage counseling costs $120 to $250 per session for in-person therapy or $90 to $230 per session for online therapy.

Can you use an HSA or FSA for counseling?

You can only use your HSA or FSA for counseling if you have a billable diagnosis—such as depression or bipolar disorder—and the therapy is deemed medically necessary. You can't use your HSA or FSA for marriage or family counseling, grief counseling, or therapy for stress management.

What are the types of counselors?

Counselors have a master's degree in psychology and are trained and licensed to practice psychotherapy. A counselor may be licensed or certified in a specific area:

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs)
  • Licensed Practicing Counselor (LPC)
  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Registered Child Therapist RPT)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

What does a counselor do?

A counselor can help you navigate challenging life situations, understand your emotions, strengthen your self-esteem, and improve your communication and coping skills. They provide support through difficult times and guide you in making the necessary changes in thinking and behavior to improve your mental and emotional health.

Counselors can help you with a variety of problems:

  • Depression and mood changes
  • Marriage and relationship problems
  • Grief or loss
  • Anxiety, stress, and panic attacks
  • Self-esteem and body image concerns
  • Eating disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anger management
  • Addiction
  • Gender or sexual identity concerns

Can counselors prescribe medication?

Counselors are licensed psychologists but not medical doctors, and in most parts of the U.S. they are not allowed to prescribe medication. Only Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, and New Mexico allow counselors to prescribe medication, and counselors in these states must complete additional psychopharmacology training and certification.

In the rest of the U.S., only a medical doctor can prescribe medication. Psychiatrists are medical doctors and can prescribe medication, but they typically do not provide talk therapy or counseling services.

Can counselors diagnose ADHD, autism, or other mental health conditions?

A licensed counselor can give a mental health diagnosis in all states except Indiana and Maine. However, the counselor must refer clients to a psychiatrist or other medical doctor if the condition requires medication. Consult a counselor near you if you have concerns about ADHD, anxiety, depression, autism, bipolar disorder, or other mental health conditions.

How can I choose the best counselor near me?

When searching for a counselor, it's important to choose one who makes you feel comfortable, safe, and respected. Follow these tips to find the best counselor for you:

  • If you have a specific concern—such as depression, stress, or relationship issues—look for counselors who specialize in that area.
  • Ask your medical provider for recommendations.
  • Read reviews from other clients on Thervo and Google.
  • Confirm the counselor accepts your insurance or offers a sliding-scale rate.
  • Ask about telemedicine and virtual visit options.
  • Schedule an initial consultation to make sure you're happy with the counselor's communication style and empathy.

What questions should I ask counselors?

Ask these questions to help you choose a counselor who will help you achieve the best results:

  • How long have you been practicing, and what are your certifications?
  • What areas of counseling do you specialize in?
  • What is your philosophy as a counselor?
  • What therapeutic approaches do you typically use?
  • What does a typical session look like?
  • Are you more directive or guiding as a counselor?
  • Do you give homework or reading assignments?
  • Do you offer virtual / telemedicine appointments?
  • Do you accept my insurance? Do you bill the insurance company directly?
  • Do you offer sliding-scale rates for clients without insurance?

Reviews for San Diego counselors

Recent success stories from people in the San Diego area.
As a massage therapist, Jessica listens to her clients' needs, in addition to utilizing her education and intuition to assist in their recovery from physical and/or mental stress. She is able to adapt each session to her client's specific needs, whether that be heavy or lighter pressure, deep tissue work, relaxation or a combination. Jessica is a graduate of the Aveda Institute as well as Northwestern Health Sciences.
Season massage
Grace M.
Daphne is very understanding, she listens to me well, she listens to my concerns, she’s very good about finding solutions, she also helps me learn more about myself and my relationship by recommending videos and books .I really love her, she’s great , I feel like she gets me . I had learn so munch from her in the last few months. I highly recommend her to anyone. She definitely knows her stuff and she very smart.
Daphne Balcazar Relationship/Life Coach
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