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Larissa House, LCSW

California, LCSW #66309; Florida, TPSW #433; Pennsylvania, CW #023414

Seeing clients since 2011
About Larissa | She/her

Larissa House supports individual adults and couples in creating a compassionate and resilient emotional space for themselves where they can enjoy their lives and feel capable and strong. She has provided therapy to clients in nonprofits, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and currently in private practice. Larissa is a Certified EMDR Therapist through the EMDR International Association and also certified in CBT through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Using these and other modalities, Larissa helps clients release past traumas and patterns that are keeping them feeling stuck so that they can feel confident, self-compassionate, and resilient in the present. She helps her clients develop practical tools to navigate their lives feeling capable and strong. In her work with couples, Larissa utilizes Gottman Therapy techniques and relationship tools to help couples improve their communication and connection so that they can create the relationship that they want to have with each other. Larissa enjoys supporting couples at all stages of love, whether they are dating, exploring deeper commitments, married, and dealing with life transitions (including becoming parents). She also specializes in supporting couples as they compassionately un-couple and close their chapter on their relationship, and she also supports them in navigating co-parenting and interacting respectfully so that they can give their shared child or children a sense of stability and love. Larissa is a multicultural individual with Filipino, Korean, Japanese, and African American heritage, and she is affirming of all people.

Message to clients

I want to help you heal your past traumas, grow your inner strength, and nurture the best version of yourself. I honor you as the expert in your life and want to collaborate with you to help you grow and achieve the goals that you have for yourself. I’m honored to work with incredible people, and I’m excited about helping you recognize how amazing you truly are. My guess is that you’re busy and that you don’t have a lot of time, energy, or money to waste on healing that isn’t going to work for you. I help my clients grow the lives that they want to have for themselves by creating clear goals, developing practical tools, and teaching them how to implement them in their lives, and I look forward to working with you to create a path to growing the way that you want to grow. Maybe today is one of those days where even the thought of putting one foot in front of the other feels exhausting and overwhelming. Or maybe today, you’re thinking about what living your best life looks like for you. No matter what kind of day it is today, I’m here to journey together with you.

Education

Master of Social Work | California State University, Sacramento, 2011 ; Licensed Clinical Social Worker | California, 2015 ; Florida, 2020; Pennsylvania, 2023

Race and ethnicity

Asian, Black

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Black culture, White culture, Hispanic culture, Native American culture, Arab culture, Pacific Islander culture, Asian culture, Caribbean culture, Jewish culture, African culture, Central and/or South American culture, European culture

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Shamanism, Mormonism, Indigenous spiritualities, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Couples counseling, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Postpartum depression, and Second or third generation immigrant experience

Additional areas of focus

Anxiety, Bicultural experience, Bipolar disorder, Biracial experience, Blended families, Coparenting, Step parenting, Dating, Polyamorous/non-monogamous couples counseling, Depression, Fertility treatment, Divorce counseling, First generation immigrant experience, Intercultural/interfaith relationships, First responders, Gender identity, Grief and/or loss, Infertility, Infidelity/affairs, Life transitions, Military families, Parenting, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Premarital counseling, Racial/cultural identity, Second or third generation immigration experience, Social anxiety, Stress, Trauma, Veterans/military services, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Midlife stress, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Burnout, Self esteem/self worth

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Conversational, Holistic, Solution-oriented, Empowering

Modalities

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

Cost

$185

/

Individual Session

$185

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Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers 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

Larissa is a great couples therapist! She is warm, understanding, and compassionate. She helps people rebuild their relationships by supporting them to create new patterns while healing past hurts. She is insightful, personable, and really loves helping others. She is a great listener and she really cares about her clients. She also sees individuals and helps people deal with trauma.

—Janine Piernas, LMFT
Peer review

If you're looking for a therapist who is warm, has a great positive energy and asks great questions, Larissa is your person. She is easy to talk to, perceptive, organized, and clear. In addition to having a lot of training and experience, Larissa's glowing personality is what brings out your best self. I highly recommend her as a therapist!

—Ruthie Ayzenberg, LMFT
Peer review

Larissa is a caring, effective, and compassionate therapist who is truly motivated with helping individuals, mothers, and couples flourish. She is encouraging, driven, and determined to help individuals overcome their struggles and feel confident in themselves and relationships. I highly recommend Larissa because she easily connects with her clients and makes them feel seen, heard, and supported.

—Ashley Hudson, 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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Jacqueline Connors, LMFT

California, LMFT #51861

Seeing clients since 2008
About Jacqueline | She/her

With more than 18 years of expertise and an individualized approach to mental healthcare and coaching, Jacqueline Connors is transforming the way people find healing. Her innovative techniques go beyond the typical talk therapy while reaching a deeper level of programming in the brain to deliver remarkable transformations for those she works alongside. Jacqueline is a force for positive change in the ways people discover the source of their obstacles and how to overcome them with confidence, quicker. Before pursuing her passion for psychoanalysis, Jacqueline worked as an international project manager where she developed a strong talent for communication and complex problem solving. She went on to earn her license as a Psychotherapist and has spent years as a mental health and behavioral health expert. Her expertise was often utilized in upper management positions where she directed program and policies in both the Private and Public sectors. In addition to her clinical licensure, she is skilled in Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT), Hypnosis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Brain-Based Coaching, Neurolinguistics Programming (NLP), and Energy Psychology. Jacqueline uses a one-of-a-kind treatment method through her private practice, Discovery 2.0 Therapy and Mindset Coaching. Not only is this approach highly effective, it often works much more quickly than traditional therapies or professional coaching.

Message to clients

Therapy and self-help methods fail and lose effectiveness when change or progress does not happen. And you keep looking for tools and techniques but everything still feels like a struggle. Relief is short-lived, old thinking returns and you become stuck in looping and negative thinking. My specialty is helping people truly make changes in their thinking that get them to not only think better but feel and be more effective in their life.

Education

Masters of Psychology | Chapman University, 2007

Race and ethnicity

White, Asian

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture, Asian culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Midlife stress, Trauma, Anxiety

Additional areas of focus

Addiction, Stress, Self esteem/self worth, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anger management, Burnout, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.)

Therapeutic style

Empowering, Intellectual, Solution-oriented, Direct, Calming

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness based, Psychoanaltic, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$250

/

Individual Session

$300

/

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

Jacqui has an invaluable way of moving clients forward. She can manage difficult cases with such kindness and valuable insight. Her vast experience makes her a one of a kind clinician. I can always confidently refer to her clients and go to her for consultation in tough cases.

—Jessica Quinones, LMFT
Peer review

Jacqui is compassionate, authentic and easy to talk to. She creates an environment of trust and safety, which makes it easy for clients to articulate their thoughts and feelings.

—Brooke Sena, LMFT
Peer review

Excellent knowledge and practice of multiple EBP’s. Ethical and compassionate care while working on client goals. Reliable, approachable and flexible while working on client treatment plans.

—Teresa Salvatore, LCSW
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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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Arielle Pinkston, LMFT

California, LMFT #107356

Seeing clients since 2014
About Arielle | She/her

Arielle earned her BA in Psychology from Sonoma State University and her MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. As a holistic therapist for almost a decade, she has worked with so many women who have struggled with anxiety and depression. She specializes in working with millennials, college age and graduate students who are struggling with perfectionism, codependency, relationship issues, self-esteem and major life transitions. Arielle believes in a holistic approach to wellness and works one on one with her clients to set goals and create the changes they have been wanting. She has completed extra trainings in mindfulness based stress reduction, acceptance commitment therapy and nutritional therapy. She is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches yoga in her spare time.

Message to clients

Navigating the modern world can feel overwhelming at times. Now, more than ever we are inundated with constant demands on our time, exposure to social media, internal and external pressure to do and be more. If you’re here, it’s likely you have come to a point where you are frustrated and desperate for change. Your mental health has started to interfere with school or work and your ability to show up for yourself and others. As a means for survival you have developed negative ways of coping that are making things feel worse. You want to stop struggling and resisting the things you know will help and want someone to help guide you back to taking care of yourself. You are ready to make a change, but don't know how or where to start. That’s where I come in. We’ll work together to help you gain more awareness around your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. You will learn new strategies for accepting all of your feelings, even if you don’t really like them, and feel empowered in a way you haven’t before. My goal as your therapist is to hold space for you to explore uncomfortable emotions and help empower you to create the changes you have so desperately been wanting. I aim to be a warm, empathetic listener while also calling you out on your stuff when you are caught up in unhelpful patterns, thoughts or beliefs. If this resonates, send me an e-mail today, I am here to help.

Education

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist | Pepperdine University 2014

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

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

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Self esteem/self worth, Nutrition

Additional areas of focus

Anxiety, Body image, Burnout, Codependency, Dating, Life transitions

Therapeutic style

Challenging, Empowering, Holistic, Laid back, Humorous

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment based, Mindfulness based, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$200

/

Individual Session

/

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

Arielle is warm, empathetic and genuinely wants the best for her clients. She has dedicated her career to working with anxious women. If you are looking for someone with a ton of knowledge and experience who will collaborate with you, I can't recommend her enough.

—Karen Sarafian
Peer review

With Arielle clients will feel truly seen. She is able to provide clients with great empathy all while challenging them to take steps towards their personal growth.

—Elizabeth Martin, LMFT
Peer review

Arielle is passionate about her work and her clients. She provides evidence based therapies and has worked in a variety of therapy settings. Her therapeutic style is warm, compassionate, and goal- oriented. She focuses on the whole person (the mind, heart, and body connection).

—Stacey Lee
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Specialties
Larissa House

$185

2011

Couples counseling, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Postpartum depression, and Second or third generation immigrant experience

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Tessa Ritchie

$195

2013

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

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Jacqueline Connors

$250

2008

Midlife stress, Trauma, Anxiety

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Elisa Martínez

$225

2011

Anxiety, Burnout, Self esteem/self worth, Stress

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Arielle Pinkston

$200

2014

Anxiety, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Self esteem/self worth, Nutrition

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