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Browse these counselors with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in San Diego.

Top Pro
  • 32 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erdis M.
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Had a great experience with Dr Fisher. I really appreciate his work ethic and his understanding as a counselor during the session. I highly recommend him.

Top Pro
  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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My husband and I have enjoyed working with the team at Echoes of The Soul counseling. There many great things to say about them, but the one thing that I enjoyed most was the quality of work. They are thoughtful before asking or answering questions that might be delicate. They are respectful and professional and I highly recommend their services for counseling needs of couples, families and individuals alike. I have had other counselors in the past, but Echoes of the Soul far exceeds them all!

Real Transformation
from 22 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Charles S.
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I have not met a life coach / counselor who is as intuitive, caring and full of wisdom like Brian. He has gone beyond the call of duty to be here for me, and to give sound and good advice.

  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas D.
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I was having trouble dealing with feelings of guilt and anxiety around the recent passing of my father.  I felt like we never had a chance to talk and exchange a real heartfelt farewell.  Rev. Uki, a warm and caring counselor, obviously understood and had great empathy for my feelings. She helped me to make a loving connection with my father where I felt I was able to give and receive the blessings I needed to exchange, and I came away with a feeling of love and peace.  Since then I have been able to proceed with enthusiasm in my daily life without so much dwelling in the past.  Thank you Rev. Uki! I will come to Rev Uki again in the future, if I am ever faced with emotional challenges like this again.

Counseling Services
from 11 reviews
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Nelson C.
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Sharon is a great counselor. She is a very straightforward person with a very positive attitude.

The Focus Centre
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Tom F.
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I have been fortunate enough to be able to benefit from Jimmy's guidance, knowledge and wisdom, for almost two years now. Initially seeking his assistance personally and now my wife and I meet with him regularly, related to improving and preserving the quality of our marriage and family life. My wife and I have accessed many counselors and therapists over the years. But Jimmy Garcia has been clearly the most helpful and insightful Which is why we are continuing to access his much needed and appreciated services. Due to his great listening and communication skills and numerous life experiences (as a counselor, parent, pastor, husband, father, businessman) we feel that we benefit extensively In that, his counseling is grounded in "real life" logic and intelligence. For our needs, Jimmy's spiritual knowledge and experiences as a Pastor, are quite helpful. But do not be discouraged to consider his services, if you'd rather seek guidance on a more secular basis. With an emphasis on your needs and wants, Jimmy will (like he did for us) "fine tune" a plan of action that will equip you with life's tools, spiritual, emotional and otherwise.

Awakening Seminars
from 5 reviews
  • 38 years in business
Belle H.
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Jason is an AMAZING counselor and facilitator of deep inner exploration and liberation. His intensives are the equivalent (in 1 weekend) of doing many years of therapy. I highly recommend him and his work!

Strategic Life Coaching
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sandeep K.
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I reached out to Stephane in a crisis mode after being recommended by a friend. It was a dire situation and Stephane immediately helped me calm down, made me feel at ease. Ever since that first call, it has been an eye opening experience in learning about myself, working through my issues all through the exercises that Stephane has provided. To begin with, he is very personable, genuinely interested in your situation, takes time to really understand it, gets to the bottom of it, and try to sort it from there. He is someone you will instantly feel like trusting. The fact that he has so much experience in dealing with personal and professional cases helps in him understanding your case better than you yourself would. Everyone should have a coach like Stephane regardless of whether one is going through a tough time in life or not. The other great thing about him is that he is not someone who will stop you right at the end of your time limit and say we agreed upon 1 hour and the time is up. He will complete the conversation, ask you if there's anything more you need help with (every single time) and provide that help if necessary even after your session is complete. He is also very responsive when it comes to messages. His short sessions are a life saver when you need to get in touch with him outside of scheduled sessions. The flexibility, the genuineness, the personable experience, the trust factor all make him a wonderful life coach. Be it a relationship issue or a career issue, he has the knowledge and experience to provide you with solutions through exercises that create wonders. I would highly recommend his service. Oh and you don't need to be local to avail his service. I myself am in Chicago and all my sessions have been via phone and he still "gets it" without seeing me in person. A genuine life coach/counselor for all personal and professional issues. Highly recommend!

Ryan S.
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Meredith is a natural-born therapist and helped me TREMENDOUSLY during a series of events. She taught me the value of self care and how to better listen to early signs of my illness rearing its ugly head. Meredith is a trusted counselor and someone I would recommend to anyone stuck in the throes of tramau. I can’t even begin express my gratitude for all she did to protect me during an incredibly vulnerable time.

Life Beckons You LLC
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
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I worked with Lindsey when she first started this journey. I then worked with a counselor for 9 months. I came back to Lindsey when my last appointment with my counselor was just like the 1st appointment. I gain more in 1 hour with Lindsey than I did in 9 long months with a counselor!!

Dr C’s Solutions
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Ehsan A.
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Dr. Christian Snyder is the best counselor you will ever meet. I have benefitted tremendously from our time together. He will help you.

Miguel D.
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Anne was very helpful, patient and understanding. I suffer from PTSD. I needed.someone who would understand and listen to why I felt the way I did. I was tired of the group therapy meetings and psychiatric evaluations. Having a group of doctor's tell you why you feel a certain way and then prescribe meds as an answer didn't help me. I wanted Anne just to listen and she did. I was also selfish and didn't care about other people's feelings. She was always positive . Even if it was calling her after midnight because I was sad. She always made time to help me.

Cool Counselor San Diego
from 1 review
    Jay G.
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    Jeff is the best therapist in San Diego. Not only is he good, but his prices are very affordable. Highly recommend.


    I provide high-quality career counseling services, including career assessments to determine your vocational and/or educational path. I also provide resume and cover-letter-writing strategies, job-searching strategies and interview preparation. I am not a career coach. Anyone can be a career coach. Rather, I have my master's degree in educational counseling with an emphasis in career development. My career interventions are outcome-driven, meaning, I counsel to get results for you!


    I provide counseling services for families and individuals facing life challenges or adjustment problems. I have worked with people struggling with addictions, depression, anxiety, marriage conflict, care partners of mentally impaired individuals, and among others. I specialize in cognitive-behavioral therapy, evidence-based, strength-building and solution-focused approach. If you need help overcoming a tough situation in your life, or to successfully transition to a better quality of life, I will work with you to help you achieve your goals.


    I am an alternative health counselor and life coach. I moved to Oceanside from Lake Tahoe as a corporate executive. I have recently taken my 15 years of experience in the corporate world and made a transition into holistic alternative health care. Some of the services I provide: * Personalized fitness * Life coaching * Stress and anxiety release * Pain management * Hypnotherapy and NLP * Sound healing * Weight reduction * Phobia release * Chakra clearing * Performance enhancement * Anger management * Group workshops and seminars I am a certified hypnotherapist, certified neurolinguistic programmer, certified yoga teacher, and sports trainer with a master's degree in metaphysical science currently working on obtaining my PhD. My passion is assisting people in having wonderful, balanced, healthy life and positive alternatives to traditional medicine. I would love to begin working you on your new life transformation.

    • 5 years in business

    My talent is the ability to connect with others teaching coping skills and critical thinking, which heals the mind. I utilize humor, music, theater, and the arts, to reach the potential in others.


    I am a California licensed substance-abuse counselor with an additional degree in mental health counseling who can work with individuals and groups on addressing chemical dependency issues and other addictions. I provide substance-abuse counseling, case management, as well as treatment planning and referral to available community-based resources, if needed. I am certified to provide required DUI counseling and can complete court mandated or other substance-abuse assessments.


    I am a licensed marriage and family counselor and an alternative healer. I am specialized in hypnotherapy, advanced energy healing and intuitive guidance. In addition to traditional talk therapy services, I am a senior yoga teacher for 25 years, and advanced in my studies of meditation and healing. I take some insurance vendors and employee assist program. I have been working in private practice for 8 years. I have work two evenings a week and some Saturdays.

    • 14 years in business

    Estes Therapy offers couples counseling services that get to the heart of the matter, quickly and effectively. We use a research based approach that shows long term results for couples. At Estes Therapy, we want to make counseling available for you during the day, evening, and weekends. Jennine Estes is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC#47653) in San Diego who specializes in couples counseling and certified in emotionally focused therapy for couples. She also has a few Marriage and Family Therapist interns as well.



    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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