Meet the best therapists* in San Diego.

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What kind of therapist do you need?

Note that most therapists specialize in multiple issues, so therapists in different categories may still be able to help you.

Anxiety therapist
Child or teen therapist
Couples therapist
Depression therapist
EMDR therapist
Family therapist
Grief therapist
OCD therapist
Trauma therapist

Our process

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We only reference peer-reviewed psychological and medical journals, trusted media outlets, esteemed mental health experts, or reputable mental health organizations.

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Meet our team of expert contributors or learn more about why you should choose Best Therapists when seeking a therapist.

Best therapists in San Diego

4 stars or higher online

Peer reviewed

Screened for burnout

Trauma-informed

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Best anxiety therapists

4 stars or higher online

Peer reviewed

Screened for burnout

Trauma-informed

Virtual Only

$200

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, LMFT #107356

Arielle Pinkston, LMFT

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

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

Specialties

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

Additional Areas of focus

Body image, Burnout, Codependency, Dating, Life transitions

Virtual Only

$225

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Concern EAP

Not available

California, LMFT #98689

Elisa Martínez, LMFT

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

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

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

Virtual Only

$250

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, LCSW #26495

Lara Clayman, LCSW

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

Depth psychotherapy, Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Family systems, Mindfulness based, Psychodynamic, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Specialties

Anxiety, Burnout, First generation immigrant experience

Additional Areas of focus

Bicultural experience, Biracial experience, Existential questioning, Highly sensitive people, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Panic attacks, Parenting, Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Racial/cultural identity, Second or third generation immigration experience, Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Stress, Trauma

Best children and teen therapists

4 stars or higher online

Peer reviewed

Screened for burnout

Trauma-informed

Virtual and In Person

$180

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, LMFT #83507

Ashley Hudson, LMFT

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

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

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

Virtual and In Person

$200

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, LCSW #80807

Kelly McCullough, LCSW

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), Play therapy, Trauma-focused

Specialties

Anxiety, Children, Depression

Additional Areas of focus

Adolescents/teens, Parenting, Social anxiety, Stress, Trauma, Self esteem/self worth

Best couples therapists

4 stars or higher online

Peer reviewed

Screened for burnout

Trauma-informed

Virtual Only

$200

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Aetna (for Texas residents only)

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, LMFT #127712; Texas, LMFT #204340; Florida LMFT #TPMF474

Lily Gatica, LMFT

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

Attachment based, Astrology, EMDR, Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Internal family systems (IFS), Psychodynamic, Trauma-focused, Mindfulness based

Specialties

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Trauma

Additional Areas of focus

Codependency, Grief and/or loss, Life transitions, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Spirituality

Virtual and In Person

$300

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, LMFT #122618

Michelle King Rayfield, LMFT

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Internal family systems (IFS), Trauma-focused, Psychodynamic

Specialties

Trauma, Couples counseling, Anxiety

Additional Areas of focus

Addiction, Bipolar disorder, Life transitions, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Premarital counseling, Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Stress, Substance misuse/dependency

Best depression therapists

4 stars or higher online

Peer reviewed

Screened for burnout

Trauma-informed

Virtual and In Person

$180

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, LMFT #111328

Avital Schlesinger, LMFT

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Trauma

Additional Areas of focus

Body image, Burnout, Life transitions, Panic attacks, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Stress

Virtual Only

$290

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, PsyD #26995

Sally Stephens, Clinical Psychologist

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Psychoanaltic, Psychodynamic

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression

Additional Areas of focus

Bipolar disorder, Grief and/or loss, Infertility, Postpartum depression, Self esteem/self worth, Stress, Trauma

Virtual Only

$150

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Tricare, Cigna, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California, Military Onesource, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Optum

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, LPCC #3820

Jacqueline Davis, LPCC

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Mindfulness based, Narrative, Solution-focused brief therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, First responders

Additional Areas of focus

Veterans/military services, Trauma, Substance misuse/dependency, Stress, Life transitions

Best EMDR therapists

4 stars or higher online

Peer reviewed

Screened for burnout

Trauma-informed

Virtual Only

$180

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

Texas, LMFT #203333; California, LMFT #84906

Janae Kim, LMFT

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

Attachment based, Faith-based counseling, EMDR, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Trauma-focused

Specialties

Anxiety, Bicultural experience, Trauma

Additional Areas of focus

Chronic illness or pain, Depression, Racial/cultural identity, Spirituality, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Virtual and In Person

$205

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, LCSW #102118

Molly Vasa Bertolucci, LCSW

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, Trauma-focused

Specialties

Postpartum depression, Anxiety, Trauma

Additional Areas of focus

Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Stress, Depression, Grief and/or loss, Parenting, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Virtual and In Person

$195

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, LPCC #6250

Tessa Ritchie, LPCC

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

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

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

Best family therapists

4 stars or higher online

Peer reviewed

Screened for burnout

Trauma-informed

Virtual and In Person

$275

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, LMFT #79102; Texas, LMFT #204019

Kelli Penner, LMFT

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Family systems, Gottman method, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Play therapy, Psychodynamic, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Specialties

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Trauma

Additional Areas of focus

Adolescents/teens, Children, Life transitions, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Anxiety, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Depression, Existential questioning, Family counseling, Gender identity, Highly sensitive people, Grief and/or loss, Intercultural/interfaith relationships, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Parenting, Polyamory/non-monogamy/open relationships, Premarital counseling, Self esteem/self worth, Spirituality, Stress, Transgender people

Best grief therapists

4 stars or higher online

Peer reviewed

Screened for burnout

Trauma-informed

Virtual Only

$225

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, AMFT #116027

Gabe Kenney, AMFT

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based, Narrative, Play therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Specialties

Grief and/or loss, Sports performance, Performance anxiety

Additional Areas of focus

ADHD, Adolescents/teens, Anger management, Anxiety, Bullying, Burnout, Career counseling/coaching, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Children, Chronic illness or pain, Codependency, Dating, Existential questioning, Family counseling, First responders, Gaming and/or social media dependence, Highly sensitive people, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Military families, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Neurodivergence, Phobias, Polyamory/non-monogamy/open relationships, Premarital counseling, Schizophrenia spectrum, Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Socioeconomic issues, Spirituality, Stalking, Stress, Veterans/military services, Bipolar disorder, Abuse, Autism spectrum, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic attacks, Psychedelic assisted therapy

Virtual Only

$225

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, LMFT #142624

Wendy Rolon, LMFT

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

Attachment based, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Somatic therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Specialties

Anxiety, Grief and/or loss, Neurodivergence

Additional Areas of focus

ADHD, Aging, Dementia or Alzheimer's disease, Depression, Existential questioning, Family counseling, Highly sensitive people, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Self esteem/self worth, Stress, Trauma

Best OCD therapists

4 stars or higher online

Peer reviewed

Screened for burnout

Trauma-informed

Virtual Only

$175

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, LCSW #71394; Arizona, LCSW #LCSW-18501; Nevada, LCSW #8773-C; Wyoming, LCSW #LCSW-1251; Oklahoma, LCSW #8807; Vermont, LICSW #89.0096739; Florida, Licensed Telehealth Provider #TPSW2226

Kelsey Barbieri, LCSW

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

Brainspotting, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Family systems, Mindfulness based, Solution-focused brief therapy, Strength-based therapy

Specialties

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Additional Areas of focus

Abuse, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Life transitions, Medical trauma, Military families, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic attacks, Premarital counseling, Self esteem/self worth, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault, Social anxiety, Stress, Trauma, Veterans/military services

Virtual Only

$355

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, PSY #31508; New York, PSY #020676

Regina Lazarovich, PhD

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Mindfulness based, Prolonged exposure therapy, Strength-based therapy

Specialties

Anxiety, Disordered eating, Panic attacks

Additional Areas of focus

ADHD, Anxiety, Bicultural experience, Body image, Bullying, Burnout, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Dating, Depression, First generation immigrant experience, Grief and/or loss, Highly sensitive people, Insomnia, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Phobias, Second or third generation immigration experience, Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Stress, Trauma

Best trauma therapists

4 stars or higher online

Peer reviewed

Screened for burnout

Trauma-informed

Virtual and In Person

$250

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, LMFT #51861

Jacqueline Connors, LMFT

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

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

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.)

Virtual Only

$300

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Not available

California, LMFT #109946

Felicia Keller Boyle, LMFT

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

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

Specialties

Addiction, Codependency, Substance misuse/dependency

Additional Areas of focus

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

Virtual and In Person

$165

per session

Helps you get reimbursed for therapy

Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross of MA, and Lyra

Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross of MA, and Lyra

Not available

California, LPCC #11588

Heather Johns, LPCC

Vetted and verified

No Google reviews

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, Trauma-focused, Mindfulness based

Specialties

Anxiety, Trauma, LGBTQ+ sexuality

Additional Areas of focus

Abuse, Body image, Gender identity, Panic attacks, Polyamory/non-monogamy/open relationships, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self esteem/self worth, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault, Stalking, Transgender people

FAQs

Frequently asked questions about therapy

What's the difference between in-person and virtual therapy?

Although there is no research that suggests in-person or virtual therapy is more effective, you may prefer one over the other. Some people prefer the intimacy of being in the same physical space as their therapist, while others prefer receiving treatment in the comfort of their own home. If you have a tight schedule, virtual therapy is a great option since you won’t commute to your therapist’s office. Virtual therapy also allows you to see any therapist throughout your state, which means one less barrier to finding your soulmate therapist!

When should someone start therapy?

Deciding when to start therapy is a very personal decision, but we recommend starting sooner rather than later. Along with running the risk of your mental health declining, you also miss out on time spent working on yourself, repairing your relationships, and so much more. Life is short, so why not make it the best possible as soon as possible?

What type of therapy is right for me?

Your therapist will carefully customize your treatment plan, and they will likely rely on a variety of therapeutic methods. There are some treatment methods that are better for specific disorders (like exposure therapy for OCD or phobias), but a combination of several will likely be the best option for you.

Is going to therapy worth it?

We’re huge advocates for therapy at Best Therapists, but we know that not everyone has a good experience in therapy. Working with a high quality therapist (with whom you have a great relationship) can be life changing. You can change harmful behaviors or thought patterns, shed or improve hurtful relationships, increase your resilience and coping methods for dealing with mental illness, and much more. We think that that’s pretty frigging worth it, but finding the right therapist for YOU is crucial to this equation.

What's the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The main difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is their education. Psychologists receive more education, and in some cases, psychologists focus more on research than clinical work. But both therapists and psychologists go through thousands of hours of clinical training. When choosing a therapist, the skill of the therapist and your relationship with them matters way more than which degree your therapist has.

Do therapists offer free consultations?

Yes, most therapists offer free consultations. This not only benefits you, but the therapist too! Therapists want to see if you are a good fit before doing an official therapy session with you to save you (and them) time and energy. Although your relationship has barely begun, you both will feel out your chemistry. You won’t be BFFs by the end of the consultation, but should get a sense of whether or not you’ll work well together.

About Us

Hi, we’re Best Therapists.

We vet therapists, so you can focus on fit—not quality.

Through peer reviews, license verification, online reviews, and requiring acknowledgement of trauma-informed care, we do our best to make sure that your best therapist provides high quality care (and that's regardless of your race, sexual orientation, or background).

But your friend’s best therapist might not be your best therapist. That's why personality fit between you and your therapist is crucial. It’s not something that we can verify for you, so we encourage you to schedule free consultations with multiple therapists to get a sense of your chemistry together.

Why choose Best Therapists

There are plenty of therapist directories to choose from.

But other therapist directories like Psychology Today, Good Therapy, Choosing Therapy, and more have hundreds (if not thousands) of results for therapists in your city alone. The search for your best therapist becomes instantly overwhelming, which stops some therapy-seekers in their tracks. Our involved vetting process goes way beyond a basic license check (unlike the other guys), which simplifies YOUR search.

Finding the best therapist for you is hard enough, so we curate lists like these so you can get quality care as quickly and seamlessly impossible. And no need to check a therapist's availability or add your name to their waitlist—all Best Therapists are currently accepting new clients.

Not feeling any of the therapists on our list? No worries. Keep scrolling to find other vetted therapists in cities near you.

When to not choose Best Therapists

In some situations, we may not be the best therapist directory for you. For example...

  1. If you are looking for free therapy or want therapy that's supplemented by another organization, Best Therapists isn't the best therapist directory for you.
  2. If you're only open to seeing a therapist that's in-network with your insurance provider, Best Therapists might not be a good fit. Many of our therapists don't work directly with insurance companies, so we encourage you to check your out-of-network mental health benefits (use our free benefits checker). Don't let your insurance company prevent you from working with your soulmate therapist!
  3. Finally, this site is not intended for medical emergencies. If you are in an immediate mental health crisis, please call the national suicide hotline at 988.

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