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Updated on Jan 17, 2024

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Ashley Hudson, LMFT

California, LMFT #83507

Seeing clients since 2010
About Ashley | She/her

Ashley Hudson is a compassionate and straightforward licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 11 years of experience in Orange County, California. Ashley specializes in those dealing with depression, anxiety, sport anxiety, grief, and loss. She also has a particular interest in coaching parents and improving their connection with their teenagers. Clients know her for her caring and empathetic approach, rooted in a commitment to help them overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. Ashley's therapeutic style is marked by a gentle yet direct approach, aimed at understanding and addressing the root causes of emotional pain. She utilizes a blend of attachment theory, strength-based techniques, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to facilitate personal growth, boost self-esteem, and enhance clients' confidence in expressing their emotions. Her goal is to equip teens and young adults with the tools needed to find relief and create lasting, positive change in their lives. With a background in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, and a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University, Ashley's passion for helping adolescents and young adults stems from her own challenging experiences during those formative years. Her extensive knowledge and experience include working in both non-public and public school systems, providing her with a deep understanding of the unique pressures faced by today's youth.

Message to clients

Growing up I remember the loneliness and rollercoaster of emotions as a teen. I was a varsity athlete, AP student, and worked hard to excel to becoming a D1 collegiate athlete. Just because everything seemed good on the outside doesn't mean it wasn’t tough on the inside. It was precisely these experiences that motivated me to become a teen therapist. I deeply resonate with the relentless pursuit of perfection and the constant quest to measure up as a teenager. For fear of judgment, I had a lot of people cheering in my corner but didn’t feel comfortable or safe showing people my true self. In my practice, I encounter many teens who share a similar desire—to find their place, confide in someone close to them, and feel confident without the overwhelming burden of anxiety. Lots of teens I see struggle with caring about what others think, trying to please people, and putting their own needs on the back-burner. My mission is to guide teens and young adults in establishing healthy boundaries, cultivating self-compassion, and ultimately flourishing in a world that can often feel chaotic and demanding.

Education

Masters of Clinical Psychology | Azusa Pacific University, 2011

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Adolescents/teens, Anxiety, Sports performance

Additional areas of focus

Body image, Depression, Grief and/or loss, Life transitions, Panic attacks, Parenting, Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Calming, Direct, Empowering, Passionate, Affirming

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused brief therapy, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$180

/

Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Ashley is strong in her clinical understanding of the issues her clients face and how she can help them make the changes they want to see. At the same time, she is incredibly personable, warm, and caring and she makes it easy for clients to connect with her and open up in the therapy process. She is a wonderful therapist!

—Brianna Bleeker, PhD
Peer review

Ashley has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with teens and families. She understands the parent's need to stay connected with their teen. Ashley's supportive nature makes it easy for teens to talk with her and for parents to trust they are in good hands.

—Tracey Carson, LMFT
Peer review

Ashley is passionate about the clients she serves. Her dedication and genuine care to helping youth and young adults is admirable. In addition, to her willingness to provide her expertise, support and help to teen parents. I appreciate the resources she offers and found her mini-course helpful for connecting with my teen son.

—Mayra Lopez, LMFT
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Felicia Keller Boyle, LMFT

California, LMFT #109946

Seeing clients since 2014
About Felicia | She/her

Felicia is a somatic therapist specializing in substance addiction recovery with over a decade of experience. She wholeheartedly supports her clients in achieving their goals, whether that means reducing the harm caused by substance use or pursuing complete abstinence. Felicia understands that addiction can have a detrimental impact on relationships, and she prioritizes helping her clients heal these bonds. With compassion and empathy, she guides individuals towards rebuilding trust, fostering effective communication, and cultivating healthier connections with their loved ones. Drawing on evidence-based practices, Felicia addresses the complex factors underlying addiction. She creates a non-judgmental and safe space for clients to explore the roots of their substance use, identify triggers, and develop relapse prevention strategies. Well-versed in somatic therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based approaches, Felicia tailors her interventions to meet each client's unique needs. Felicia's unwavering support, extensive knowledge, and genuine compassion have guided numerous individuals toward sobriety and a renewed sense of purpose. Clients can trust that they will be supported every step of the way on their journey to recovery. Her expertise and commitment make her a valuable ally in overcoming substance addiction and creating a life of lasting positive change.

Message to clients

Substance addiction is a deeply personal issue for me—I've experienced its impact firsthand. If you want to know more, just ask. I want to connect with individuals who are ready for change, those who are prepared to tackle the immense challenge of breaking free from a coping pattern deeply ingrained in their lives. Let's face it: nobody clings to an addiction because it's working out for them. You already know it harms relationships, hinders professional growth, damages your well-being, and depletes your finances. You're not naïve; you understand the consequences all too well. But, recognizing the problem doesn't mean it's easy to overcome. Shifting something as entrenched as addiction demands immense effort, and having someone who gets it can make all the difference. I'm here to guide you in discovering new coping mechanisms, rebuilding your relationships, and rediscovering the joy that life has to offer—whether it's for the first time or as a rekindled flame. I genuinely believe that recovery is within reach for everyone, regardless of your past or how insurmountable your addiction may seem. Together, we can navigate this path and find a way forward. Let's figure this out together.

Education

Masters in Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2016

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Addiction, Codependency, Substance misuse/dependency

Additional areas of focus

Self harm, Spirituality, Trauma, Couples counseling, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Career counseling/coaching

Therapeutic style

Humorous, Solution-oriented, Direct, Holistic, Affirming

Modalities

Depth psychotherapy, Mindfulness based, Somatic therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$300

/

Individual Session

$350

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Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Felicia is a strong clinician with well rounded experience and training. She offers a safe space and is an affirming therapist who knows how to help clients explore areas of difficulty and struggle with a sense of curiosity, honesty, and adventure. I feel confident when I refer clients to Felicia.

—Emily Adams, LMFT
Peer review

If you're ready to make real changes in your life, understand yourself better, and show up more authentically in relationships, Felicia has the skills to help you reach your goals. Felicia has experience working with a wide range of challenges, and is especially skillful with challenges stemming from co-dependency and difficulty with setting boundaries. Felicia doesn't just tell you what you want to hear; she is kind and compassionate but is also not afraid to give you honest feedback. I can't recommend Felicia highly enough.

—Elizabeth "Davi" Pettit, MFT
Peer review

Felicia's strength lies in her ability to strike a fine balance between an open-minded & generous spirit in hearing her clients' stories in one hand, with a powerful will encouraging the client to advocate for their needs, own their desires, and access the resources required to succeed in their goals in the other. She has a deep level of experience and understanding with supporting individuals through addiction & self-harm. You will feel reinforced in your work with her.

—Mark Gabriel Kenney, AMFT
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Elisa Martínez, LMFT

California, LMFT #98689

Seeing clients since 2011
About Elisa | She/her

Elisa Martínez, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist providing adults living and visiting anywhere in California with confidential, convenient and specialized online psychotherapy. She exclusively helps anxious achievers, burned-out professionals and self-doubters to feel secure and sure of themselves, connected to lasting calm, and to be motivated and engaged with their work and lives. Skillfully using a creative combination of deep-healing and highly effective therapeutic modalities, she facilitates growth and transformation at a profound level with trained expertise, warm attunement and a grounded presence. People who work with Elisa walk away from therapy feeling liberated from painful patterns and emotional wounding, and empowered with a clear-minded confidence to create the lives they feel drawn to live. Having been actively involved in her own growth process for decades, Elisa has a passion for helping people get free of the agonizing cycles of anxiety, trauma and self-criticism. She uses Internal Family Systems-informed therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting, Emotional Freedom Techniques, mindfulness and somatic-based, trauma-informed therapies to help people safely access their full healing potential - and always at a pace that feels healthy and right for them. She's also able to share a wealth of practical and impactful coping tools and strategies so that her clients can face the storms of life with greater ease and confidence.

Message to clients

Searching for a therapist can feel…overwhelming. How do you find someone who really gets you - and who can help you get from where you are to where you want to be? Someone who not only has the skill and expertise to help your specific kinds of issues, but who you can really trust and feel comfortable with? I'm Elisa, and I specialize in helping 3 kinds of people: anxious achievers, burned-out professionals and self-doubters. Sound familiar? If so, I can help you feel more secure and sure of yourself, be more motivated and engaged in your life, and live with lasting inner calm. I get it - that all might seem unreachable right now! Yet, it IS possible, because I've seen firsthand the transformation that happens in the many people I've worked with. But even the prospect of growth and healing can feel scary…so I'll meet you exactly where you're at, with non-judgment, skilled experience and unconditional support. I'll create a safe space where you can explore your "growing edges'' as we tend to the parts of you that are in need of healing. If you're curious and want to see if I might be a fit for you, schedule a free consultation: we'll talk about what's going on with you, what you're wanting support with and how I can help facilitate the change that you want within yourself and in your life. Let’s discover the possibilities that await you!

Education

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (Psychotherapist) | John F. Kennedy University, 2011

Race and ethnicity

White, Hispanic, Native American, Biracial, Bicultural

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture, Hispanic culture

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Christianity, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Burnout, Self esteem/self worth, Stress

Additional areas of focus

Bicultural experience, Biracial experience, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Existential questioning, Midlife stress, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Panic attacks, Phobias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Racial/cultural identity, Second or third generation immigration experience, Trauma, Grief and/or loss, Highly sensitive people, Spirituality

Therapeutic style

Calming, Empowering, Holistic, Affirming, Inquisitive

Modalities

Depth psychotherapy, Brainspotting, EMDR, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Trauma-focused, Somatic therapy, Attachment based

Cost

$225

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Concern EAP
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Elisa brings passion to her work with her clients and is great to consult with. When I’ve experienced feeling stuck about what to do, clinically, Elisa has brought in new and fresh ideas. She also happens to be a wonderful person and I trust her enough to refer clients to her.

—Ellen Garfield, LMFT
Peer review

Elisa is intelligent, highly attuned and committed to facilitating deep and lasting healing for her clients. She meets them exactly where they're at with non-judgement, understanding, and has a calming presence that puts those around her at ease. If I ever need a referral for anxious or burned-out professionals, I'm absolutely confident about sending clients to her. I highly recommend her!

—Carmen Montenegro-Sis, LMFT
Peer review

Elisa is a talented and experienced psychotherapist who skillfully and intuitively guides her clients into transformative, lasting healing. If you want real, tangible change in how you think, feel, and act, I highly recommend working with her!

—Marcelle Little, LMFT
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Tessa Ritchie, LPCC

California, LPCC #6250

Seeing clients since 2013
About Tessa | She/her

Together, my clients and I work in collaboration to explore the ways life has become unmanageable and learn how to utilize their strengths to untangle that web. My personal therapy style combines solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing-EMDR. I have been working as a mental health professional since 2013 and am a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC#6250) in the state of California. I have spent 7+ years working in the non-profit sector, first with child survivors of human sex trafficking and then with families of youth that are at-risk for entering the juvenile justice system. Through these experiences, I had the privilege of working with many young mothers as they navigated the peripartum experience with limited resources. I continued my work as a clinical supervisor in the public sector and as a faculty member at Point Loma Nazarene University to teach and support students as they enter the mental health field. In my current clinical practice, I specialize in treating perinatal individuals and their partners, with an emphasis on first time parents, parents with a history of personal or family addiction, and couples experiencing difficulty with communication during the transitions of parenthood.

Message to clients

My own journey through motherhood and experiences with postpartum anxiety sparked a passion for focusing my clinical practice on women and couples entering parenthood. I found that each person's postpartum experience comes with a different set of challenges. Gathering data from a book is helpful, but processing your unique experiences and changing identities is essential to developing stability as a parent and within your partnership. My main goal is to support individuals and couples as they navigate the complexities of parenthood, from infertility and conception to pregnancy and birth and finally into the postpartum period and early parenthood. I have received specialty advanced training in perinatal mental health care through Postpartum Support International.

Education

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor / Boston University 2014

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity, Judaism

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Life transitions, Parenting, Self esteem/self worth, Postpartum depression

Additional areas of focus

Addiction, Abuse, Depression, Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Panic attacks, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Stress, Substance misuse/dependency, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Humorous, Empowering, Direct, Inquisitive

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Enneagram, Gottman method, Solution-focused brief therapy, Trauma-focused, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$195

/

Individual Session

$195

/

Couples Session

$195

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Tessa creates a therapeutic space that is both safe and productive! She takes the time to truly know her clients and brings insightful therapeutic interventions to support her clients in reaching their specific goals. I'd trust her care with my closest friends and family.

—Dr. Cassidy Freitas, LMFT
Peer review

Tessa genuinely cares about people and honors them in whatever way they show up. She works with them by taking into account their lived and living experience. She does a lot of reflection to stay true to her work and clients. She’s also silly which can make therapy easier at the start for someone new to therapy.

—Lynne Tran, ASW
Peer review

Tessa's warm nature will help you feel at ease throughout the whole process. She will provide you with information so you have a better understanding and can take an active role in your own treatment. Tessa will be with you and support you without judgement or asserting her own will above yours.

—Holly Fay, LCSW
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Kate Van Dyke, LMFT

California, LMFT #116159

Seeing clients since 2011
About Kate | She/her

Kate is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist that can see anyone in the state of CA via telehealth. She is the founder of Kate Van Dyke Therapy, where she works with individuals and couples experiencing infertility as they navigate all that comes along – emotionally, mentally, and physically - with a struggle to conceive and fertility treatment. Kate also works with first responders, their spouses, or with both of them together in couples therapy where she enjoys helping them identify coping and communication skills, and means of expressing their emotions, and actionable systems that can help them capitalize on the time they do have at home with their families. Kate believes strongly in our capacity as individuals to grow and enjoys providing a comfortable environment that encourages that growth.

Message to clients

To my first responders – I have quite a few of first responders in my own family and am also married to a firefighter. I believe I bring a valuable and nuanced perspective, both personally and professionally, in my work with first responders and have an incredible passion in exploring with my clients how they can identify stressors in their life and then begin to develop coping skills and systems to make the regular transition from shift work to home life more seamless. I see an incredible amount of strength in those going through fertility struggles. I know that, amid already busy lives filled often with work, relationships, and other responsibilities, it can feel daunting to fit in ongoing fertility treatment. Therapy along the journey can be incredibly impactful as you navigate and process all of the emotions you experience, any triggers that can come up, and as you navigate communicating with your partner and your medical team. Self-advocacy throughout fertility treatment is an incredibly important skill and I work with individuals in building up those skills. I am the therapist for you if you want a supportive space and guide along the way – you do not have to do this alone. If you are feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, unable to move forward with your goals or maybe even identify what they are, I work with you on finding your way forward, on building the life you desire to live. I utilize a few approaches in my work with clients, including examining the stories that we tell ourselves about our lives and learning how to rescript the stories that are no longer serving us well. Through working with me, clients report feeling more confidant and more engaged in their work, relationships life overall. Please feel free to reach out today to learn more and get started.

Education

Masters of Science in Counseling I Mount St. Mary's University, 2014

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Fertility treatment, First responders

Additional areas of focus

Burnout, Career counseling/coaching, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Codependency, Couples counseling, Depression, Grief and/or loss, Infertility, Life transitions, Medical trauma, Military families, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Parenting, Postpartum depression, Premarital counseling, Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Stress, Substance misuse/dependency, Veterans/military services

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Empowering, Solution-oriented

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Gottman method, Narrative, Solution-focused brief therapy

Cost

$150

/

Individual Session

$175

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Optum, Aetna
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Kate can provide valuable insight and support for individuals going through multiple life transitions. She can convey compassion and empathy, provide guidance, and maintain professionalism without compromising her authenticity.

—Diane Tolentino, LMFT
Peer review

I believe they therapy-seekers should hire Kate because she is reliable, consistent, and authentic in her care for her clients. Kate is knowledgeable, has deep insight and awareness into the art of therapy, and provides a solution focused approach that helps client change their lives.

—Lee Yulzari, LMFT
Peer review

Kate is a wonderful therapist who will help you feel comfortable and secure in the process of working through your struggles. She has great insights into the struggles of first responders and their families. Kate is also very passionate about working with those struggling with fertility issues. She has great work ethic and is very flexible to work with.

—Alicia Maldonado
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Ashley Hudson

$180

2010

Adolescents/teens, Anxiety, Sports performance

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Felicia Keller Boyle

$300

2014

Addiction, Codependency, Substance misuse/dependency

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Elisa Martínez

$225

2011

Anxiety, Burnout, Self esteem/self worth, Stress

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Tessa Ritchie

$195

2013

Anxiety, Life transitions, Parenting, Self esteem/self worth, Postpartum depression

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Kate Van Dyke

$150

2011

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