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Garden Grove Psychotherapists

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  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Ernie E.
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A very dedicated professional. His wide-ranging background gives him a great perspective on life, combined with a great deal of compassion makes him a very effective therapist. I am grateful to him for his help and would not hesitate to refer friends to him.

Alik Segal, JD, MA, AMFT
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Anya F.
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Alik Segal is a very caring therapist who holds wellbeing of his clients as a priority. He understands complexities that arise when dealing with hardships.

OC Synchronicity
from 3 reviews
    Shawn C.
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    Leeanne's caring personality immediately helped me to feel comfortable during my first appointment. Her knowledge, insight and ability to see the whole picture while getting to the root of the challenges has been extremely helpful in my personal growth and healing. She is very thorough and continually goes above and beyond to provide additional information and the tools necessary for me to implement in my life. I would highly recommend Leeanne to others and I already have!

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Bonnie G.
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    She is a very good therapist and I have referred many of my friends to her. She helps you see things in a different way and guides you to make good choices.

    Leonard Szymczak, MSW, LCSW
    from 2 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Thumbtack Customer
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    He listen to my husband and I with respect and professionalism. He helped us to developed an initial plan to work as a couple, allowing me and my husband to have hope. His work is of great value to couples who find themselves in trouble with their relationship like my husband and I. Thank you!

    Jennifer A.
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    I met Heather in my mid 20s back in 1997. At the time she had office hours at my gym and I was looking to lose weight. I never would have thought that stopping in to see Heather after a spinning class at my gym would have brought me to so much more; I had no idea what door I was opening. I started seeing her for weekly appointments and soon found myself in one of the most influential relationships of my life and at a time of tremendous personal growth. A desire to look good on the outside led me to Heather who led me to really look within, for the first time, in terms of food and health. She taught me about emotional eating and all the aspects of nutrition one ignores when just wanting to "be skinny" as opposed to healthy. She helped me deal with my specific, complex endocrine disorders (PCOS, Hashimoto's disease), and with how body image, shame, and self-worth manifest themselves in one's behaviors. Ultimately, and better than any psychotherapist has, Heather guided me through dealing with childhood trauma and adult bulimia. Heather is the only person I've met with the qualifications and ability to deal with all aspects of my food: psychology, nutrition, behavior, and spirit. Gaining Heather as my practitioner has been truly one of the biggest blessings of my life; now in my 40s I look back with a perspective of knowing gratitude as I still turn to the tools and insight she taught me.

    • 13 years in business
    Sara K.
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    Judy is an incredible psychotherapist. She is a great guide and counselor if you are looking for relationship help or achieving greater self-awareness.

    Debra D.
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    Patrick is warm and welcoming, he listens clearly and let's you share your experience fully, then gives advise that is practical, step by step ways to improve your life- finding balance. He has supported me with the challenges of caregiving in my family.

    Forward Life
    from 1 review
    • 12 years in business
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Lacy F.
    Verified review

    Mahastee was great. I loved her sessions. Unfortunately I couldn't continue for very long, but I think she really helped me, and I'd definitely go back to her.


    We provide psychotherapy specializing in children and adults with ADHD as well as the geriatric community and their families working towards physical and emotional wellness.

    • 12 years in business

    I'm a licensed LMFT specializing in trauma and addiction. I also have extensive experience. I combine my theater and performing arts w therapy to do creative coaching. I have a very direct and empathetic approach using my intuitive and strong clinical training. I went to Pacifica graduate Institute that focuses on Depth Psychotherapy and the fact that we have a soul. I use this integrative approach in connecting to clients.


    I help people feel really, really safe to explore their issues and I am a very dynamic therapist who is very interactive. I also love assigning homework.


    Let's talk it over... Good for you, reaching out for support! You are taking a big, worthwhile step. I'm a licensed psychotherapist working with adult individuals and couples. I have over 13 years experience and work with issues involving anxiety, stress, depression, grief, life transitions and relationships. I provide a safe space to explore and process the feelings and issues you are experiencing. It's not about getting rid of your feelings but rather learning how to manage them in a more healthy way. It's usually best to work through your issues rather than ignore them or try and push them aside. I want to help you or you and your partner lead a more fulfilling and joyful life. If you are interested, our sessions can also focus on the mind-body connection which allows me to help you achieve the body's relaxation response - relaxed body with a calm, alert, mind. Research has shown the body's relaxation response has a myriad of health benefits! This includes helping in the reduction of pain, stress, anxiety, fatigue and irritability. It's shown to help lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels in our bodies. It helps to increase energy, motivation, productivity, and improve decision-making abilities. It's what I like to call, "Calm Energy." I also offer a 4 session series of talk-then-walk where you will learn Mindful Walking and get the added benefits of being outside and moving your body a bit. It usually consists of 35 minutes talk inside/15 minutes walk outside. Mindful Walking is done at a nice, slow pace and another wonderful way of managing stress, anxiety and keeping you more connected in the moments of your life. It continues the theme of working with both mind and body and can be viewed as a more active form of meditation. Ask me about my brief workshop or one-on-one sessions teaching Calm Energy -helping to reduce stress, increase energy, as well as productivity. Look forward to hearing from you and don't forget to Breathe!


    I have been involved with people in 12 step programs for 30 years. I especially enjoy and am inspired by working with people in recovery. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and relationship issues. I also do very well in guiding people through major life transitions such as career change, long-term relationship endings and other phase of life problems. In addition, I teach management of anger and codependency issues.


    Stuck in a rut? Need help with a difficult situation? Therapy can help. Catherine Musicant is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in empathic counseling for individuals and couples. She is experienced in working with new mothers and couples facing life changes. She is currently supervising new interns at Southern California Counseling Center. Her areas of expertise include: adjusting to life changes, relationships, parenting issues and postpartum anxiety and depression. For a caring, empathic approach, assistance is just a phone call away.

    • 4 years in business

    I am a bilingual (Spanish/English) psychotherapist in private practice specializing in working with bicultural individuals making advances into positions of influence.


    I do life coaching and psychology private practice. I specialize in trauma, relationships, addiction, and life transitions, including career, divorce, separation, loss, and self reinvention. My modalities include reframing, somatic experience, reframing, deep insight, exploration of desires, and mindfulness training.


    (1) I am a solution-focused psychotherapist who is an excellent listener. (2) I tailor each of my clients' treatment plans based on their individual needs. (3) I am empathetic, treat my clients with dignity and respect, and practice cutting-edge treatments that are safe, painless, lasting and complete.


    Life is full of challenges, expected and unexpected. Sometimes, it can be stressful, overwhelming, and even confusing to sort things out alone, and when we are stressed out, sometimes we are prone to illness. With a gentle, compassionate and supportive approach, I am committed to guiding my clients reach their potentials and strengths. I teach clients relaxation and breathing techniques, so that they are capable of dealing with stress and anxiety effectively. Anxious clients have the tendency to focus on the future; therefore, I help my clients get in touch with their inner resources and live in the here and now. The more stressed out and anxious clients are, the more tendency there is for them to get sick. I assist them to decrease their stress level and physical symptoms by teaching them stress management and time management. I also use hypnosis to reduce illness and promote relaxation. I work with individuals (from young children to teenagers to adults) who are facing a variety of issues, including: identity issues, self-esteem, sadness and depression, anxiety and managing stress, using self-control, expressing feelings and more. Working with young children requires special skills because young children do not have the same communication skills or vocabularies as adults have. By using artwork and sand tray, I assist young children who have different problems including depression, ADHD/ADD, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, defiant, temper tantrums, bed wetting and social and school problems. I also teach parents effective tools to discipline and raise responsible children. You may wonder why your teenager sometimes feels there is no way out! During teen years, when teenagers are hurtling through intense physical and emotional changes, mood swings are typical. More often, parents feel frustrated when their teens go through drastic mood swings. I help my clients express their sadness in a healthy way. I assess for suicidal thoughts and suicidal attempts. I assist clients identify their negative thoughts and help them tap into their inner resources by using guided imagery and hypnosis. In addition, I give them daily homework to lessen their depression and increase their self-esteem, self-worth and self-image.


    My work stands out as I have many years of experience conducting original research in Anxiety Disorders. I addition, I have received specialized training from international experts in Aniety Disorders. I bring this specialized research and training to each of my patients in a caring and compassionate atmosphere. The most important step is to call me so that we can see if we are a good fit. Anxiety can limit your life. Take that first step today on your journey to breaking free from the grips of anxiety.

    • 13 years in business

    I offer therapeutic counseling for individuals, groups, and families. I am dedicated to helping people heal and discover renewed health through meaningful connections in counseling. I help people achieve lasting change, leaving the pain and confusion of difficult emotional issues in the past.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How does hypnosis work?

    Hypnosis is a wellness technique that works by promoting positive behavioral or cognitive changes. During successful hypnosis, the client should be eased into a state of deep relaxation in which the conscious mind takes a back seat and the subconscious mind becomes more active. The client is often able to let go of critical thoughts and become receptive to the therapist’s suggestions. In this state of hypnosis, motivating suggestions can bypass your usual mental resistance and internal defense mechanisms. For example, even if you want to quit overeating cupcakes, you may have some level of resistance that your rational mind can’t overcome. During hypnosis, the positive suggestions made by the hypnotherapist can bypass your usual blocks, helping you to achieve the formerly unachievable: stopping overeating, quitting smoking, mastering public speaking, or losing your fear of heights. The goal of hypnosis is to strengthen and empower the client’s motivation, commitment and focus. Consider working with someone who is not just trained in hypnosis but also is a licensed therapist or psychotherapist who can bring their academic background into your session.

    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.

    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 can hypnosis help you with?

    According to many sources including the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) which is part of the United States National Library of Medicine and a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), hypnosis is scientifically proven to help relieve both mental challenges and physical pains. Hypnosis can alleviate stress and reduce pain after surgeries, has been shown to relieve anxiety in children in the emergency room, and can be useful for managing pain associated with everything from arthritis to migraines. Hypnosis is non-invasive and gives you a way to control pain or discomfort that might otherwise seem out of your hands. Hypnosis shouldn’t be used as a substitute for medical care, but may be an excellent complementary tool that is best provided by a trained therapist or licensed medical provider. The University of Maryland Medical Center shares many conditions for which hypnosis can be useful:

    • Irritable bowel syndrome
    • Tension headaches
    • Alopecia areata
    • Asthma
    • Phobias
    • Insomnia
    • Addictions
    • Bedwetting
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Labor and delivery
    • Skin disorders, such as acne, psoriasis and eczema (atopic dermatitis)
    • Stress
    • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
    • Cancer-related pain
    • Weight loss
    • Eating disorders
    • Warts
    • Indigestion (dyspepsia)
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Smoking cessation

    How is hypnosis used in therapy?

    Hypnosis is a powerful tool to help clients overcome challenging issues such as anxiety, phobias, pain management, hot flashes and more. Hypnosis is also a way to help let go of addictions like smoking, overeating and gambling. In and of itself, hypnosis is not a therapy, but it can be used in conjunction with therapy to empower and encourage the person receiving it to make positive change. Some people are more susceptible to hypnosis and will benefit more from hypnotherapy than others.

    According to Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus, speaking for Psychology Today, hypnosis is a “genuine psychological phenomenon that has valid uses in clinical practice … hypnosis is a state of highly focused attention or concentration, often associated with relaxation, and heightened suggestibility. While under hypnosis (i.e., in a hypnotic trance), it seems many people are much more open to helpful suggestions than they usually are.” The suggestions made in a therapeutic setting get deep into a person’s brain, beyond their conscious thinking, leading to behavior change and the ability to overcome challenges that might otherwise seem insurmountable.

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