Find a Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

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Teen Therapist & Young Adult Life Coach

Teen Therapist & Young Adult Life Coach

Verified Credentials

Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"Are you a parent worried about your teenager? Do you struggle to communicate with your adolescent? Is your teen stressed out or anxious about school or fr..." read more

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Teen Therapist & Young Adult Life Coach Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 03705

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Judy Zexter, LCSW

Judy Zexter, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Mental Health Counseling, Psychology

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"Often people seek therapy when feelings of overwhelm, depression, anxiety and/or frustration are present in their lives. I help people to make sense out o..." read more

Santa Monica, CA 90405

Judy Zexter, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 11164

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Ava Louise Stanton, L.C.S.W.

Ava Louise Stanton, L.C.S.W.

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling

Age groups I work with: Adults

"Psychotherapy for Meditators in Mindfulness-Based Traditions If you are a mediator, have you noticed distressing thoughts and feelings that repeat in way..." read more

Santa Monica, CA 90403

Ava Louise Stanton, L.C.S.W. Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00092

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Janice Taylor, MA, LMFT

Janice Taylor, MA, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults, Elders

"I offer a pragmatic approach designed to help clients identify and change behaviors that are preventing them from living the life they want. We all develop..." read more

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Janice Taylor, MA, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 16048

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Denise Middleton Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern 66185

Denise Middleton Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern 66185

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy

Age groups I work with: Children, Adults

"I try to provide you with compassion, warmth, and an ear that listens. It is important to me to understand your view of the world. As therapy progresses, I..." read more

Santa Monica, CA 90405

Denise Middleton Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern 66185 Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 13694

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Katja Pohl, PsyD

Katja Pohl, PsyD

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Psychology, Mental Health Counseling

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"Therapy is an incredibly powerful and meaningful process that changes lives and creates huge transformations. It is always a privilege to be present in a p..." read more

Santa Monica, CA 90403

Katja Pohl, PsyD Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 16707

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Paul Chilkov

Paul Chilkov

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"What would your most fulfilling life look like? What kind of relationships, career, or daily life would you have? Therapy can bring you in touch with your ..." read more

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Santa Monica, CA 90405

Paul Chilkov Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 14594

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Devika Singh, Ph.D.

Devika Singh, Ph.D.

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"I integrate the spiritual wisdom of the East into contemporary Western psychology. I have a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA and 25 years of psychoth..." read more

Santa Monica, CA 90403

Devika Singh, Ph.D. Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 12671

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Elizabeth Schofield-Bickford, MFT

Elizabeth Schofield-Bickford, MFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy

Age groups I work with: Adults

"Free yourself...I help facilitate the changes you seek so you may live more comfortably. Life, loss, trauma, dysfunctional relationships, addiction, creati..." read more

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Elizabeth Schofield-Bickford, MFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 03533

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Debbie Briem, MA, LMFT

Debbie Briem, MA, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy, Counseling Psychology

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"Are you happy in your relationships? Are you satisfied with your life? Or are you feeling stagnant? If the latter sounds like your life, I can help. I can ..." read more

Malibu, CA 90265

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Debbie Briem, MA, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00014

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Nestled on the beautiful Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica is a mid-size, thriving beachfront community in Los Angeles County. Famous for its historic Santa Monica Pier, the city is home to more than 91,000 full-time residents1. The largest employer in the city is the City of Santa Monica, which provides essential services to all its residents. The University of California’s Santa Monica Hospital is also located in the city, as well as several municipal companies.

 

Mental Health Statistics in Santa Monica
Because it is part of Los Angeles County, statistics for mental health and well-being among county residents of Santa Monica are often incorporated into county data. According to the California Health and Human Services Agency, approximately 7.8% of all L.A. County youth and 6.4% of all L.A. County adults had either a serious emotional disturbance or serious mental illness in 20002. Altogether, more than 45,000 Los Angeles County residents received an evaluation during a 72-hour psychiatric hold during the years of 2008 and 20093. Substance abuse was found among 15.4% of greater Los Angeles area residents from 2005–2010, and 5.4% reported being dependent on an illegal or illicit substance. Depression was reported by 5.4% of all area residents during that same time4.

 

Back to Basics with the Youth Wellbeing Report Card
In 2011, Santa Monica launched the Cradle 2 Career (C2C) initiative, developed in response to two separate but equally traumatic events, one involving a public shooting and another a public suicide. In order to gauge the wellbeing of its most vulnerable residents, the city chose to extend the existing services it offers under the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Cradle 2 Career involves the schools, the Santa Monica College, the City of Santa Monica, and residents. The goal of C2C is to extend services that positively impact wellbeing and to reduce youth violence. Most importantly, C2C strives to advance accessibility and opportunity for quality mental health care to all its young citizens.

 

With the creation of the Santa Monica Youth Wellbeing Report Card, residents and others are able to receive a snapshot of the progress C2C is making. The 2012/2013 Report Card found that young people under the age of 24 account for just over 20% of the city’s population. Of all seventh graders, 41% had been bullied and 34% reported being victims of harassment. Extended periods of deep hopelessness and sadness were reported by 25% of all young people, and substance use was high, with 32% reporting substance use and 29% reporting alcohol use in the month preceding the survey. Child abuse rates were low, with just 3% of all children reporting some form of abuse5.

 

Although the Youth Wellbeing Report Card is a relatively new instrument, it underscores the dedication and commitment the City of Santa Monica continues to have for the overall health and wellbeing of all its citizens.

 

1 U.S. Department of Commerce, United States Census Bureau. (2012). State & County QuickFacts, Santa Monica, California. Retrieved from http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0670000.html

2 California Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Mental Health. (2004). Prevalence estimates for persons in households <200 Percent of poverty for 2000 census and updated to July 2004, Estimates of prevalence of persons with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and serious mental illness (SMI), Los Angeles county. Retrieved from http://www.dmh.ca.gov/statistics_and_data_analysis/docs/Prevalence_Rates/Los%20Angeles/Table2.pdf

3 California Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Mental Health. (2011). Adult 72-hour evaluations and treatments by county fiscal year 2008-2009. Retrieved from http://www.dmh.ca.gov/statistics_and_data_analysis/docs/InvoluntaryDetention_FY08-09/Rep0809_final_rev_21oct11.pdf

4 SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2012). National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2005 and 2006 to 2010. Substance Use and Mental Disorders in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana MSA. Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUHMetroBriefReports/NSDUH-Metro-Los-Angeles.pdf

5 SM Cradle to Career. (2013). Santa Monica, California Youth wellbeing report card 2012/2013. Retrieved from http://www.santamonicayouth.net/who-we-are/