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San Marcos Counseling Services

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  • 32 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Faye B.
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My partner and I have been seeing Dr. Fisher for couple’s counseling for several months. He has helped strengthen our relationship, and has offered solid counsel. We highly recommend him as a skilled therapist.

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  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
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Kimberly M.
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Dr. Verna Dudley, counseled my daughter when she was going through a rough time in her young life. Dr. Dudley brought out the butterfly that she is today. Dr. Dudley was on time with each of her sessions. Dr. Dudley counseling was outstanding.

Acker Next Level Coaching
from 21 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Chentelle F.
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We are about to celebrate or 7th anniversary but I can still remember the day like it was yesterday! Mike was very helpful and tailored the premarital counseling to our lifestyle. He listened to us when we asked to keep the ceremony short and sweet. Best of all, he incorporated humorous and meaningful statements that kept our guests interested. If he stilled lived in WA I’d recommend him to all my friends up here.

from 13 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Heather S.
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We couldn't possibly praise our experience with WIll highly enough! Will has tremendous wisdom and insight. He has a revolutionary approach to marriage counseling!

Cristi O'Brien, LCSW
from 11 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah D.
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My husband and I love Cristi! She had a great outline for premarital counseling. We highly recommend her. She gave us a great foundation to the start of our marriage. Truly, she is a gem.

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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.

Transparency Counseling
from 9 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Joan B.
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Linh worked with me on grief counseling. I was still struggling some five years after the death of my son David. Although I was working and going through the motions of enjoying my life with my family, I was unintentionally consumed by anger. Through my therapy with Linh I was able to work through the issues that had dogged me throughout my life which culminated in the anger issues the stopped me from enjoying life as I should have. She is a very adept a able therapist who helped to turn my life around. I am now enjoying my life so much more. ThankYou Linh you made such a difference in my life

  • 7 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer L.
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Christy worked well with my daughter and I to stop fighting all of the time. She also worked individually with my daughter. She had the best year ever in school, started making better choices with friends and now feels great about herself.

Jennifer Hill Counseling
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Brett Braun B.
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I went into the session a little hesitant as I had never been professionally counseled before but Jennifer Hill immediately made me feel Comfortable and at ease. She has such a calming effect and was able to provide great perspective for my circumstance along with a progressive game plan to combat my mental anguish and ultimately get me to the peaceful confident grounds I hope to be at one day so thank you Jennifer and see you soon.

Revelation Counseling
from 3 reviews
    JB B.
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    For me the most exciting thing about my experience with Revelation Counseling is that I am in a completely different place than when I started! Coming to revelation counseling has been one of the best decisions I've ever made for my mental, emotional and overall health. I know that the skills I've learned will last beyond the counseling and will help me get closer to my future and my best self.

    • 24 years in business
    Fran B.
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    Randy Moraitis has been my coach and a friend for the past five or six years. As the director of operations in the organization, I was privileged to work with him and found him to have insight and wisdom needed for the position that I was in. Since leaving that organization, I have sought Randy out a number of times to assist me in situations that I had not encountered before and have always appreciate his insight and suggestions. Randy is an individual who will go above and beyond where many others would not. Randy takes the time to listen and understand where someone is needing change and in those confidential moments will guide that person to see the strengths they have and how to move in the direction they want to go. Randy is intelligent not only in the sense of his training but in his life experience as well and as such has helped me and others, to navigate the transition that was needed. From the very first conversation an individual will feel comfortable with Randy and will feel empowered to take the next indicated step necessary for the goal that is desired. Randy is an incredibly professional and skilled coach dedicated to helping people create the lives that they want. As he very well knows, no two individuals will travel the same road and through his use of questions, insight, perspective and authenthic listening skills he has helped me, and others, to answer difficult questions that I could not answer on my own. Randy’s straightforward approach is direct, professional and empowering. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking to remove the obstacles and find direction on how to move forward.

    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.

    Laser Insight Counseling
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    The root of our suffering is merely a lack of understanding. When we don't know, our mind fills in the gaps, and often fearfully. The perspectives I bring quickly help people because I act as a light in an otherwise dark room, and you can see everything more clearly. In one session I can alleviate most problems, then it's quickly on to Thriving, not just surviving!!

    from 1 review
    • 22 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Melissa B.
    Verified review

    He is an excellent therapist, he is understanding, compassionate,he gave me a very good advice. I highly recommend him. Thank you for helping me with my anxiety.


    I am an LCSW who provides one-on-one counseling and marital counseling. I specialize in adults abused as children, aging, and the end-of-life issues.

    • 9 years in business

    I have experience working with couples in distress, family reunification, and premarital counseling. I use an approach that helps all partners believe that they have been heard and validated.

    • 18 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack

    .This is a counseling and consulting corporation. We specialize in working with individuals, couples, families and groups. The focus of services has been on weight management, eating and weight disorders along with self-esteem, depression and anxiety as well as the effects of trauma. We work with couples and families on communication and conflict resolution and help couples to find an effective way to be heard in the couple in a kind, compassionate way. We assist people, families and couples in finding the triggers that contribute to emotional overeating as well as triggers that contribute to dysfunctional relationships with others. We assist each individual, family and couple in finding the formula that will lead to permanent change in their relationship with others and with food when that is an issue. We stress effective communication in family systems so that each individual is heard and can get their needs met in a safe and structured environment.


    I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist, a certified imago therapist, and a somatic experienced practitioner providing individual and couples therapy to adults and teens. The issues I've treated include anxiety, depression, healing trauma and addiction recovery.


    I'm a licensed family and marriage therapist and offer psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. See the point of therapy as the process of allowing individuals to develop and cultivate several aspects of their lives. I use an approach that is caring and empathic. I am committed to assisting clients see their capability as human beings via the combination of body, mind, and spirit. My therapeutic focus includes: relationships and intimacy, depression, crisis intervention, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, thought disorder, anger management, spirituality, chronic illness, terminal disease, bereavement, LGBT issues, HIV/AIDS, life and career transitions, communication, managing stress, time mastery, setting and maintaining priorities, etc. I can help you: * Gain a better awareness of yourself * Explore values and personal goals * Develop skills to make your relationships better * Find a solution to the concerns or issues that trouble you *Obtain new means to deal with pressure and anxiety * Manage anger, despair, and other emotional strains * Enhance communication skills, * Break detrimental patterns and increase new ones * Learn new ways to resolve problems * Enhance your self-esteem and self-confidence Therapeutic Approach: I use a solutions-focused, client-centered method for treating a broad range of situations, including: * Suicidal feelings and depression * Fear disorders, obsessive-compulsive, agoraphobia, body dysmorphic, and panic * Alcohol and drug addictions * Self-image and self-esteem problems * Personality disorders * Relationship and marital conflicts * Eating disorders * Psychotic illnesses, like bipolar illness and schizophrenia Areas of Specialty: * Relationship therapy for couples and singles * Personal evolution and life transitions * Spiritual and religious opportunities * Depression and anxiety: sadness and fear * Addictions and compulsions and other substitutes * Sexual orientation and "coming out" to friends, self, and family * Grieving and loss * Understanding your family of origin


    Our buisiness stands out because we make each person feel personally cared for. We take the time to hear out your problem and make it right

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    With years of experience, I love helping couples discover the tools to communicate more effectively and to work toward the connection and intimacy that is needed for a healthy and happy relationship. I live in San Marcos and glad to help. I grasp the desire for a non-denominational service!

    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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