Depression Counseling in San Diego, CA.

Leading therapy for major depression, bipolar, postpartum depression, SAD and mood disorders in San Diego, California.


Paul Santero, Psy. D.
Depression Counselor

Paul Santero, Psy. D.

Licensed Psychologist

3252 Holiday Dr. #205, La Jolla, California 92037 | 619-750-0970

Like most issues that people experience today, depression can be caused by un-resolved trauma in one's past. When trauma has not been processed and resolved it can leave a wound, and not delt with, can lead to other issues including depression. An effective way to treat depression is to look at and deal with unresolved trauma in the individuals past and present. An effective way to deal with trauma is through the technique called EMDR. I am trained through the EMDR Institute and have helped individuals process and heal the wounds left by their trauma experiences. When this occurs, the depression can subside and the individual feels better.

Kimberly Koljat, LMFT, LIMFT-S, RPT-S, RDT
Depression Counselor

Kimberly Koljat, LMFT, LIMFT-S, RPT-S, RDT

Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor

Available for Online Therapy

Working with the experience of depression is much more than changing our thoughts to change our behavior. Our brains are wired to notice the negative; it's part of our survival. I support my clients in expanding what they notice, and help them discover what works for them by creating a tool kit through experiential relational interventions in session. When I see children, I utilize play therapy as the modality, including Child Centered Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, and Prescriptive Play Therapy. When working with adolescents and adults, I utilize expressive arts, DBT, CBT and Narrative Therapy.

Sean Sprigle, LPCC
Depression Counselor

Sean Sprigle, LPCC

Licensed professional clinical counselor

Available for Online Therapy

When you’re depressed it makes life feel like you’re walking through mud, everything is more difficult and tiring and you feel less motivated to do anything. This can make depression incredibly difficult to deal with because it requires taking action to overcome. I have personal and professional experience in recovery from this unpleasant disorder, which gives me an edge and helping people to heal from depression.

Jean Stapp, PhD
Depression Counselor

Jean Stapp, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

26025 Newport Rd, Ste A, #122, Menifee, California 92584 | 951-249-3576

In treating depression, I take care to understand the circumstances which have led to you feeling the way you do. Then, we work together to help you develop new coping strategies that will help you manage your difficult emotions as well as take steps towards meaningful actions in your life. I use tools drawn from several different evidence-based therapies, which are therapies have proven effective in research studies.

Aleksandra Drecun, Psy.D.
Depression Counselor

Aleksandra Drecun, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

12526 High Bluff Drive, Suite 300, San Diego, California 92130 | (858) 792-3541

Experiencing the symptoms of depression can be debilitating. Individuals do not have to suffer in silence with depression. Effective treatment is available to alleviate symptoms of depression. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a research-validated treatment approach to eradicating depression. Freeing oneself from depression will allow the individual to reclaim their life, improve their mood and return to a previous level of functioning. Living free of depression is essential to attaining a high quality of life and a meaningful existence.

Darryl Moore, PhD, CSAT, CMAT
Depression Counselor

Darryl Moore, PhD, CSAT, CMAT

Psychologist

5480 Baltimore Drive, Suite 201, La Mesa, California 91942 | 8584338751

Depression needs a thorough evaluation and assessment. Determining clinical depression for other situations that may result in similar symptoms is important. Emotional responses originating from loss, grief, disappointment, neglect, rejection, etc. may mimic symptoms of depression. Clinical depression can be managed by psychotherapy with modalities such and CBT or with medications. However, the combination of medication and psychotherapy is the gold standard of treatment.

Katelin Hanhart, LCSW
Depression Counselor

Katelin Hanhart, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

41185 golden gate circle , Murrieta, California 92562 | 760-994-4600

Depression can cause experiences of lonliness, sadness, agitation, tearfulness, hopelessness, and decreased motivation. Together we can work to identify potential causes of depression symptoms and how these symptoms may be impacting your life. In most cases a core belief about ourself or the world can cause depression to persist. Some of these beliefs can include but are not limited to "I'm not good enough", "noone cares about me", "it's not safe to express my emotions", and "bad things always happen to me". Taking a collaborative approach we will incorporate both self compassion strategies and tangible skills based interventions as a way to work on improving your mood.

David Peters, MS, MFT
Depression Counselor

David Peters, MS, MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

2525 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 205, San Diego, California 92108 | 619-491-3492

If you are experiencing sadness that just won't go away, or a hopelessness that is immobilizing you, it may be clinical depression. There are a variety of very effective ways to treat depression, from cognitive therapy, exercise, nutritional supplements, biblio-therapy, or medication. The least effective is to get a medication from your primary physician and wait. I will help you plan a full intervention that will give you the earliest relief possible. Whether your depression is mild or crippling, I know how to take care of you. Sometimes, just getting to be listened to brings new hope and some relief. But we will do whatever it takes to bring you to health again.

Ross L. Kellogg, LMFT
Depression Counselor

Ross L. Kellogg, LMFT

Licensed Individual, Marriage, and Family Therapist

San Diego , California 92101 | 619-771-1797

I use a blend of cutting-edge therapeutic techniques such as sensorimotor psychotherapy, internal family systems, and object-relations psychotherapy to create a personalized healing journey. Focused on working with individuals who desire more permanent solutions to their emotional pain, my approach to depression therapy is as compassionate as it is transformative. By engaging with these specifically tailored methods, clients find themselves nurtured, understood, and empowered, unlocking new pathways to well-being and joy. This personalized care provides clients with a value-driven and life-enhancing experience that goes beyond traditional therapy.

Suzanne Greene, JD, MA, LMFT
Depression Counselor

Suzanne Greene, JD, MA, LMFT

Psychotherapist, LMFT

Available for Online Therapy

Depression is a common mental health disorder, affecting all age groups, that causes intense & persistent feelings of hopelessness, sadness and personal emptiness. Depression affects how you feel, think, behave and could lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems, left untreated. If you are struggling with depression you don't have to be alone, seeking help is the first step to improving your symptoms. Psychotherapy has shown to improve the symptoms of depression. Together will develop a comprehensive treatment plan specific to your concerns, needs and symptoms to improve the quality of your life.

Roxanne Strauss, M.A., LMFT
Depression Counselor

Roxanne Strauss, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

2840 Fletcher Pkwy., #123, El Cajon, California 92020 | 619-987-1790

Understanding that there are different types of depression, different levels of severity, and various causes, I work with each individual to assess what kind of depression they are experiencing and possible causes. Often anxiety and depression occur together. Along with providing a safe, non-judgmental place and therapeutic relationship for people to talk about their depressive feelings/emotions and experience, I also utilize research-based therapies that have proven effective for treating depression and anxiety.

Jonathan Kramer, PhD
Depression Counselor

Jonathan Kramer, PhD

Psychologist

3211 Holiday Court, #201 (Off I-5, Near UTC/UCSD), La Jolla, California 92037 | 858-780-0988

Depression comes from many causes, including: bio (genes, hormones..); psychological (blocked anger, wounded esteem..); social (loss of person/place/thing, loneliness..), mental (pessimism, self-criticism..); economic/career (loss of job, finances..). There are also a variety of ways to manage and lift depression, including: bio (meds, exercise..); psychological (boost esteem, harness energy/emotions..); social (develop better relationships and social skills..); mental (greater optimism/hope..); economic/career (new ways to increase success and finances). Successful counseling changes patterns and leads to greater happiness. Get started. Email or Call - Act today for a happier tomorrow!

Tami Chelew, MA, CSAT
Depression Counselor

Tami Chelew, MA, CSAT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - LMFT #79759

10065 Old Grove Rd Ste 102, San Diego, California 92131 | 858-254-6169

I am an Emotionally Focused therapist (EFT). Research shows that those who suffer from depression actually benefit quite well from EFT therapy. Depression can be very isolating. The pain of isolation is inherently traumatizing. We are meant to be in relationship with others. I work with indiviudals and couples who struggle with depression by strengthening their relationship so that there is a deeper felt sense that the person who is suffering from depression can experience that they do matter, that they are important, that they are cared for and loved by another. This helps create a more secure attachment to self and others which is therapeutic and needed for healing.

Annette Barnett, MA, AMFT 119490
Depression Counselor

Annette Barnett, MA, AMFT 119490

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Fresno, California 93710 |

Free 30 minute zoom call - Depression often really just means "repression". It is usually a sign that the human system is overwhelmed with thoughts & emotions that have become unmanageable. People with depression are often stuck & unmotivated. A shift in circumstances is usually needed for people suffering from depression AND expressing emotions through a variety of outlets is extremely helpful.

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.
Depression Counselor

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

San Diego, California 92101 | 1-877-606-6161

Grey Matters International, Inc. and the work of Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D. handles depression and other emotional disorders in a very unique way. Most of therapy or counseling processes utilize validation, unconditional positive regard, and reframing as common techniques to get someone to heal from their depression. Though this can be helpful, it rarely fixes the core problem behind it and for tough cases we then refer them usually to a psychiatrist for medication which can have tons of side effects. Instead, why not try a natural and arguably more effective way to not just change your mind, but change the brain--where the depression is rooted. Contact us at kevin@kevinflemingphd.com.

Taylor Wikel, MA, LMFT
Depression Counselor

Taylor Wikel, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Available for Online Therapy

Are you struggling with sadness, loss of motivation, low energy, feeling down, hopelessness or helplessness? Life these days are not easy and can bring on depression and loneliness. I want to be a support to you and help you through this part of your life. I will help you find hope and identify coping skills to manage your symptoms. It would be my pleasure to walk by your side and find a new path of hopefulness!

Regina Knox, PH.D
Depression Counselor

Regina Knox, PH.D

Marriage & Family Therapist

La Mesa, California 91942 | 888-598-8565

Dr. Regina Knox brings an innovative and empathetic approach to Depression Counseling and Treatment. Understanding that depression is not a one-size-fits-all ailment, Dr. Knox delves deep into the unique contexts and factors influencing each client's mental health. By employing a combination of evidence-based techniques and personalized therapeutic strategies, she provides clients with the tools and insights necessary to confront and manage their symptoms. Her warm and nurturing environment allows clients to express themselves freely, ensuring they feel validated and heard. Through her expert guidance, individuals are empowered to reclaim joy, resilience, and equilibrium in their lives.

Rika Tanaka, Ph.D.
Depression Counselor

Rika Tanaka, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Carlsbad, California 92008 | 619-554-0120

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy effective for treating depression. Through CBT, we can learn how to identify and challenge thoughts that work to maintain our low mood and regain a sense of well-being and enjoyment in the things we do. As a skilled and experienced licensed psychologist, I can help clients find relief from symptoms, gain valuable skills tailored to their unique needs, and reestablish a sense of purpose, satisfaction, and joy in their lives.

Brian Jones, AMFT
Depression Counselor

Brian Jones, AMFT

Brian La Roy Jones, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Available for Online Therapy

First, it's important to me to understand what my clients mean by "depression" because how one client experiences depression can be very different than another client. This is necessary so I can customize the strategies I use for each specific client based on their unique experience of depression. Ultimately, my clients can expect to discover real-world steps they can take to feel not just "less depressed" but better about their life - and more positive and hopeful.

Cynthia Valentine, MA
Depression Counselor

Cynthia Valentine, MA

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

2358 UNIVERSITY AVE, SAN DIEGO, California 92104 | 619-736-1176

Depression is one of the most crippling mental health concerns out there. With therapy, we will look at the thoughts, feelings and behaviors contributing to your experience of depression. Depression puts a dark cloud on things that once were really important to you. In ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) we will look at what small actions you can take in order to have you doing the things that are important to you.


You Have Found The Best Therapists for Depression and Mood Issues in San Diego, CA.

Are you ready to experience new freedom? Thank you for visiting our California search of licensed therapists in San Diego who specialize in helping people overcome sadness, treat major depression and mood disorders such as bipolar, postpartum depression, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Feeling down, lonely, and depressed can affect us at any station in life. Sometimes the cause may be physiological (such as hormonal or due to medication), it may be emotional, environmental, psychological or any combination of the above. Counseling for recovery and restoration from depression by a top rated therapist in San Diego will help you climb back up and start living your dreams again.

San Diego is located in San Diego County, California. It has a land area of 325.19 square miles and a water area of 47.19 square miles.  The population of San Diego is 1.39 million people with 485,091 households and a median annual income of $66,116. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for San Diego, CA

Generally Affordable

Therapists in San Diego are often within budget with some potential challenges for longer term commitments. Your mental health and well being are a top priority. If accessibility is a concern, ask your counselor about sliding scale fees or inquire about accepted insurance plans. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local San Diego public health department.