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Encinitas Child Therapists

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  • 32 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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James and Jill E.
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Dr Fisher has really helped our marriage in just 4 weeks time. He listens and doesn't solve the problem for you, He asked you to talk to each other and figure out together how to resolve certain situations. He is very genuine and truly has a desire to help marriages. We are so happy we were referred to him and highly recommend him if your in need of a caring, compassionate therapist.

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  • 14 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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Alice D.
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I initially contacted Dr Verna to help with marriage counseling. I have been to several therapists over my 50 plus years for a variety of reasons. I had been frustrated with the way counseling is handled through insurance companies. Counselors move to a different practice, leaving me to start with a new therapists. An hour never seemed like enough time with previous counselors. The we found Dr. Verna and her husband working as a team. This was perfect for our situation. Ours was very complicated. Blended family issues, mental illness and violence from stepson, damage from parent alienation..... the list goes on. Frankly, it was quite a mess. We had all been scarred. We were not thriving. We had a lot of open wounds. Dr. Verna got right to the heart of the matter. She could see that we often needed more than an hour and made sure that we had more time if needed, 2 hours sometimes. It was so helpful to not be cut off due to the "clock"ticking in a crucial moment. We are still in the process of family counseling. My 15-year old daughter recently had an episode at school. she was triggered by past issues and was finally realized she needed therapy. She was adamant about not wanting to talk to a therapist about anything! (I tried...she refused) Then she met Dr. Verna. She connected so quickly with her. Hugs all around. My daughter was so comfortable in their loving home environment verses the typical clinical setting. I feel like I am witnessing a miracle. Dr. Verna is an Angel here on Earth. WE are still working through some important issues and will continue until we have healed. Paying out of pocket (not going through insurance) has saved us both time and money. As I mentioned, I have been through therapy before. I have made more progress in a shorter amount of time than the traditional route. Dr. Verna and her husband have been a life saver for our family. A, D, and S

The BodyWorks
from 13 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Edward K.
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Thumbtack is such a great resource and I'm glad I found it. Mela is an outstanding person who really cares about her clients. She is professional and very experienced in her line of work. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to get a great medical massage. She is also a great therapist and she is the best person I have met.

Cristi O'Brien, LCSW
from 13 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Stevie B.
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My teenage daughter had been having trouble with anxiety and OCD tendencies. After having met with Cristi, both issues have diminished greatly. My daughter actually enjoys going to Cristi to help her with strategies to deal with her issues and sees Cristi not only as her therapist, but as a trusted friend. Cristi also values my input as to concerns about my daughter's well-being and helps me to better understand the struggles my daughter faces. I highly recommend Cristi for anyone who is seeking a caring, compassionate, knowledgeable, and experienced therapist for themselves or a loved one.

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Patti Burson, MSW, IMFT
from 11 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Lori G.
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Patti is a kind, considerate therapist. I highly recommend her. Lori G.

  • 33 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Amber S.
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I have had 2 appointments and I can genuinely say it has helped tremendously already. I had tried a life coach in the past and it really was just a waste of time talking and explaining my life....if you want to really change and not just talk and be a victim this is the therapy and the hypnotherapist for you. He is kind and humble and really wants to help people.

Transparency Counseling
from 9 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alvin jay G.
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miss tran is a contemporary, youthful, energetic therapist. the greatest i've ever had. instead of an old, boring therapist, she stays engaged and is very young and youthful. it provides a fresh perspective compared to old school therapists who simply ask how you feel. i highly reccomend miss tran to anyone seeking counseling to any kind of problem out there ! she is amazing and i owe her a lot. she's helped me dig through a lot of my psyche.

Jennifer Hill Counseling
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Lynell S.
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My son has had anger issues since he was 5yrs old as well as depression and high anxiety, he is now 17. We've been to other therapists over the years and nothing was helping and he was starting to rage with his anger. Since we have been seeing Jenny for the last year, his whole demeanor, attitude, and the way he looks at things has changed. We talk and communicate a lot more, he expresses things to me that he didn't before, he's more social with friends inside and outside of school. He can go in completely angry and upset and by the time they're done he's a whole new person! She has worked wonders and I've referred so many of my friend's kids and others to her. She was definitely an answer to my prayers!

  • 7 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Michael B.
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Christy is an excellent and experienced therapist. She is kind, patient and helpful. She is always very genuine and comfortable to work with.

  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Arlene K.
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I feel Rozanne is a compassionate therapist who exhibits a high level of understanding and knowledge of human experience. She is able to zero in on the problems a person is having and explain in a clear, empathetic way, steps the person can take to improve their lives and heal their bruised emotions. I have worked with Rozanne and have been impressed by her intuitive ability to improve a client's self esteem.

  • 16 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Julie B.
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Soleil is a compassionate and skilled yogi and therapist. I participated in 2 8 week group sessions and developed a deeper insight into my way of being in the world and the ability to calm myself and be more mindful. I highly recommend Soliel.

from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Vivi S.
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Amber Rice is an outstanding marriage and family therapist, compassionate supervisor and brilliant teacher. In her practice and teaching, she does not only draw from an impressive number of years of experience and above-the-cut education but also her innate sensibility for the human psyche. I heartily refer clients to her and I cannot recommend her strongly enough. I wish there were more therapists who had her solid common sense and her boundless empathy. If you have a chance to work with her, you will not walk away without a transformational experience.

  • 9 years in business
Richard V.
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Nicole is by far the most experienced physical trainer and physical therapist I've ever worked with it's rare to find both those combinations in one person I highly recommend her

Marge Michaelson
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    Hillary L.
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    Marge is one of the best therapists I've ever known. She helped me through a very difficult time and helped me deal with the serious challenges in my life. J She taught me techniques to manage the stresses and problems in my life, even my insomnia! I continue to see her from time to time for a "tune-up." Her insight and compassion really make a difference. She truly cares about me.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Joanna V.
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    Very friendly, professional. Our appointment is set for January 31st, so after that time I will be able to give a full disclosure. Very satisfied with contact.

    Jenny B.
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    I am truly blessed to have worked with Candice in therapy. She is an exceptional therapist- dedicated, honest, open, understanding, encouraging. She is very knowledgeable in her field especially as it relates to trauma, eating disorders, abuse and children. I would highly recommend this individual to anyone who is ready to address change and willing to let a loving and compassionate soul be their guide.

    • 5 years in business

    My hours: Friday, Saturday, and some weekday evenings. I am located in the R.B. Courtyard office complex, 16935 W. Bernardo Dr. Suite 108, San Diego, CA 92127. My specialties are working with adolescents and individuals who are struggling to experience a meaningful life as a result of mood disorders and conflict and want to feel a greater sense of gratification in their life. Whether you are experiencing marital distress, employment stress, individual growth blocks, or relationship conflicts, by working together, we can achieve many things. I accept many insurances, cash, and credit cards; my hourly rate is $120; I also may work with a sliding scale if needed. Call me for a consultation.

    • 9 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack

    I am helping you make positive changes that stick! Looking for a marriage counselor is not an easy task especially in San Diego. It takes guts to go in to the counseling office, and face the issues that keep the relationship stuck. I am active in the therapy session, getting at the root of the problem that gets in the way of couples feeling securely attached. I want to help you build a healthy and strong relationship. Not only will I work in the therapy session, but I will also take time outside of the session to make sure that I am doing my best on your case. I will do my best to help you feel better personally, and get improvements in your marriage/relationship.


    I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with several years of experience providing therapeutic services to individuals with a variety of issues. My mission as a therapist is to create a safe and nurturing space for you to be fully seen and heard in order to work through challenges that are keeping you stuck from living a more meaningful and satisfying life. I am passionate about journeying with others on their path of healing, self-discovery, transformation, and empowerment. With compassion and respect, I will help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships, to process your current and past experiences, and to uncover how your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors may be keeping you stuck. I will help guide you to create shifts in these patterns that will lead to more fulfilling and authentic connections with yourself and others and support you in achieving your goals.

    • 2 hires on Thumbtack

    I am a massage and soft-tissue therapy specialist in therapeutic bodywork, post-surgical rehabilitation and chronic pain. Professional and licensed services are available with interview only. I am a therapist who's insured and has 10 years of experience. I can be contacted via Facebook by searching Birni Massage.


    I offer individual, couple and family counseling. I help families address conflict and obtain a more peaceful, stress-free life. I offer male and female perspectives.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    What are the types of psychologists?

    Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

    • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
    • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
    • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
    • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
    • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
    • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
    • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
    • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
    • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
    • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
    • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
    • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
    • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
    • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
    • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
    • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
    • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
    • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
    • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

    What is a psychologist?

    A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

    A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

    • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
    • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
    • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
    • Overcoming addictions.
    • Managing chronic illness.
    • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

    Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

    To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

    How much do therapists cost?

    If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

    Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

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