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Santee Psychotherapists

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  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa W.
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Rozanne has excellent communication skills. She offered me empathy, reflection and guidance during our weekly sessions. Most of all, she was encouraging and honest. She taught me how to understand myself and those life challenging obstacles that I used to avoid talking about. She keeps it real and helped me become stronger. I would highly recommend Rozanne if you are truly looking for change within yourself.

Healing Art Therapy
from 4 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Eileen C.
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As a therapist myself (though not an art therapist), I attended a brief training through my county about art therapy presented by Ellen. Some time later I found myself stuck in my own process and having difficulty shifting it through traditional psychotherapy. I recalled Ellen's presentation and contacted her to see if she would work with me. For the next year, we met weekly. Ellen's integrity , keen sensitivity to my process, depth of knowledge, patience and dedication made for a tender and safe and creative and expansive experience for me. I felt compassionately seen and encouraged as I navigated through one step after another. At our last meeting, she beautifully tied it all together, going through her notes and my art, witnessing with me the path I had made for myself. Since then, I have confidently made referrals to her, and I am sorry she has moved out of the area! I whole-heartedly recommend Ellen as a skilled and compassionate Art Therapist.

Dana McNeil Counseling
from 2 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jaclyn S.
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I really enjoy working with Dana. She listens well, communicates clearly, gives valuable feedback, and provides me with tools to self-reflect outside of our time together. I highly recommended Dana.

  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack

Through an effective, supportive, non-judgmental, and collaborative approach, I act as an experienced and knowledgeable guide for individuals, couples, and families seeking positive and healthy transformations within themselves and their relationships. I specialize in treating couples and relationship issues, grief/loss/bereavement, depression, anxiety, stress, and military issues. I utilize interventions and tools from the following theories: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Gottman’s Couple’s Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy. I have been practicing in the field for 10 years and have been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California since 2010. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Syracuse University in 2005 and my Master of Science of Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University in 2008. I have been a member of CAMFT since 2008 and serve as an alumni mentor for The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

  • 13 years in business
Julie B.
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I have been seeing Andrea for close to 10 yrs now. On my 1st visit I walked into her office a new mother with zero self confidence and my self esteem at it's lowest. I felt comfortable and safe enough to get straight to work on my issues that very first day. Andrea is patient, attentive and never judgmental. Together we got me back on the right path, but this time, I was armed with all the tools and equipment I needed to keep my goals in sight and myself worth in tact. My cynical, distrusting and sometimes down right surly 14 yr old daughter will speak only to her as a therapist, as she had grown bored of toying with all the professionals she had seen previously. None of which had ever been able to get ANYhing out of her, except maybe a good whoopin when they tried to beat her at 'Connect Four'. To sum it all up, if you're in the market for some down to Earth, honest and fair counseling, specific to your issues, then she's your girl. But be prepared to work and committed to improving, because she WILL put you to work and she WILL press you to look inside of yourself, no matter how difficult that may be for you . Because that's where she knows you'll find the answers. It is sometimes a very daunting thing. However, you needn't worry because when things get tricky or you feel your resolve weaken, Andrea, your trusted and reliable 'spotter' will be there to offer advice and support. Right there beside you, whenever you need her ... And then, one day, before you know it, you will no longer need her. . Bittersweet Victory...

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack

There are times in everyone's life when we feel that we do not know which way to go, become overwhelmed, or are faced with a major life decision. During these times, it can be difficult to recall your strengths, find a solution, or even create a reasonable path for yourself. It can be greatly beneficial to speak to someone who is able to not only listen and offer support, but also guide you to discover your own solution to your life challenges. I feel that therapy must be flexible in order to facilitate positive change thought out to one's life. Due to this, I practice psychotherapy through a bend of CBT, solution-focused therapy, and extended family systems.


Elizabeth Donahue-Marucheau, LCSW, BCD provides counseling and therapy services for infants, children, adolescents, individuals, and couples. She has been in practice for over 20 years. She takes a solution-focused approach to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is fulfilling and worth celebrating. She believes that we can't change difficult situations of the past; however, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches, it may take a few sessions to resolve current struggles, or she may use techniques that focus on long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions which could be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.


Licensed Therapist focused on treating the Whole person mind, body, and spirit. Trained in working with those who are suffering from various symptoms of trauma, attachment wounds, anxiety, depression, sexual orientation, disconnection, isolation, relationship conflicts and many other mental health stressors.

  • 8 years in business

I am committed to working with my clients to facilitate self-awareness which will allow them to make choices that are healthy, empowering and aid them in developing a greater sense of joy and fulfillment in life. I offer psychotherapy to individuals and couples who grapple with a variety of concerns or who wish to use therapy as an avenue for personal growth and greater fulfillment. My approach to healing draws on my view of the body and mind as a dynamic integrated organic system in constant relationship with its environment. As a therapist I am supportive and non-judgmental of your views, lifestyle and aspirations and work to provide a safe, open, nurturing environment in which we can enrich, deepen and expand your experience of life. My approach is holistic, existential-humanistic and body centered. Body centered psychotherapy is a powerful vehicle for deep self awareness and personal growth. It is also particularly useful for working through difficult life transitions and issues such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, dissociation and chronic pain.

  • 5 years in business

My level of integrity and commitment to the therapeutic process.

  • 12 years in business

My services include individual and equine-assisted psychotherapy for trauma treatment, anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, grief/ loss and a variety of other psychological conditions and situational stressors. Hope Equine Services Inc. is on Facebook.

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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