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There are no therapists currently located in Bakersfield, CA. The following therapists are located in CA.

Monica Englander

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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Depression, Compassion fatigue, LGBT, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching

Noralyn Jackson

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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression, Addictions, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD

Tiffany Bell

  • 4 years years of Experience
  • United States
  • Bakersfield, California
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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Art Therapy, Attachment-based, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Culturally Sensitive, Dialectical (DBT), Family / Marital, Intervention, Motivational Interviewing, Multicultural, Narrative, Neurofeedback, Play Therapy, Relational, Somatic, Person-Centered Therapy

State License: California

Thomas Crocker

  • 20+ years of Experience
  • United States
  • Bakersfield, California
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Areas of focus: Aging, Anger Management, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Faith Transition, Family Conflict, Introversion, Marital / Premarital, Parenting, Relationship Issues, Spirituality

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Family Systems

State License: California

Cherilyn Haworth

  • 11 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Bakersfield, California
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Areas of focus: ADHD, Marital / Premarital, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Elder Abuse, Forensic, OCD, Pain Management, Postpartum, Runaways, Sexual Disorders, Sexual Orientation, Traumatic Brain Injury

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT), Advocacy, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), Art Therapy, Behavioral, Behavioral Medicine, Case Management, Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Contemplative, Crisis Intervention, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), Dialectical (DBT), Evaluation/Diagnostic, Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Feminist, Focusing, Gestalt, Holistic, Home Study, Humanistic, Information and Referral, Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Intervention, Jungian, Long-Term, Mediation, Meditation/Relaxation, Mindfulness Based Approaches, Narrative, Parent Guidance, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Play Therapy, Psycho-Educational, Psychological Testing and Evaluation, Relational, Short-Term (Brief Treatment), Social Support, Supervised Visitation, Transactional Analysis (TA), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

State License: California

Linda Warnick

  • 10 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Bakersfield, California
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Areas of focus: Anxiety, Behavior Issues, Career Counseling, Child Abuse and Neglect, Marital / Premarital, Depression, Family Conflict, Grief, Immigration/Newcomer, Interpersonal Relationships, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Self Abuse, Stress

Languages: English, Spanish

Treatment Approaches: Case Management, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Crisis Intervention, Gestalt, Humanistic, Information and Referral, Intervention, Jungian, Meditation/Relaxation, Psychodynamic, Sand Play, Short-Term (Brief Treatment)

State License: California

II. The Best Therapists in Bakersfield, CA

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Online Therapy used eight key factors, including credentials, cost, specializations, and availability, to determine the top 15 therapists in Bakersfield. Each of these factors help ensure you’ll receive quality counseling services that are fairly priced.

Choosing the Best Bakersfield, CA Therapists

Credentials

Trained therapists with experience in the type of therapy you’re looking for will also have credentials demonstrating their expertise in that particular area. The therapists on this list have fulfilled all of the requirements necessary to practice therapy in California. These requirements include obtaining a master’s degree and passing the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam and the California LPCC Law and Ethics Exam.

Accessibility

You’ll want to find a therapist who can be available for treatment when you need it the most. The therapists on this list were chosen based on their range of specializations and the flexibility of their scheduling. Those who offer remote sessions, allowing you to receive therapy from anywhere with a reliable internet connection, were also prioritized.

Cost

Staying mindful of therapy costs can help you budget for multiple sessions. Therapy is a process, and to achieve the best results, a long-term commitment is required. Many therapists in Bakersfield take insurance or offer a sliding payment scale if your sessions aren’t covered by an insurance plan.

Joseph Lancaster: Psy.D., MFT| Best for psycho-spiritual therapy

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661-327-4252
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Joseph Lancaster uses psycho-spiritual therapy to help patients overcome anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and stress-related anger. For 20 years, he has used Gnostic Pneumatherapy techniques to teach patients valuable coping skills.

What patients say:

“Joseph Lancaster is highly rated by patients who say that the doctor explains conditions well and is trustworthy. Wait times are also low, with patients saying they are seen within 10 minutes or less.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Anxiety
Coping Skills
Anthem EAP
PSYCHCARE
Blue Shield of California
Aetna
United Behavioral Health/Optum
Medicare, Magellan Health Services
APS Healthcare
MHN (Managed Care & EAP)
Avante
Tricare
Kern Family
Value Options
First Advantage
Health Smart
UHC Military West
Not Provided Yes Yes

Alexis M. Valos: Ph.D., M.S., PPS, RPT-S, NRHSP| Best for child therapy

661-865-6026
Website

Dr. Alexis M. Valos is a California licensed clinical psychologist, credentialed school psychologist, and credentialed elementary school teacher with specific training in child psychology, child neuropsychology, and education/special education. She specializes in child/adolescent neuropsychological and psychological assessments, as well as parent training skills and supportive counseling for parents of minor children.

What patients say:

“Highly recommended !! Very professional.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Testing and Evaluation
Child or Adolescent
School Issues
Aetna
Anthem
Beacon
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
BlueCross and BlueShield
Kaiser (Out-of-Network)
MHN
Magellan
Optum
TRICARE
UnitedHealthcare
Cost per Session: $130 for a 50 minute session Yes Yes

Kathleen Jeanne Troncao-Heath: MFT|Best for pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum therapy

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661-383-0378
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Kathleen Troncao-Heath teaches coping skills to expectant mothers. She provides counseling through all prenatal development stages and therapy for issues that may occur after pregnancy, such as postpartum depression. Kathleen has spent seven years successfully helping patients through monumental life transitions.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
Life Transitions
Coping Skills
California Victim Compensation Cost per Session:

Initial Evaluation (60-70 minutes) $125
$90 per 45 minute session (typical session)
$110 per 53-60 minute session
$125 per 70 minute session
$60 per 30 minute session

Yes Yes

Stephanie H. Espinosa: LCSW| Best for trauma and PTSD therapy

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661-699-6697
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Stephanie Espinosa is a licensed clinical social worker who uses cognitive behavioral therapy to help patients work through trauma and PTSD, anxiety, and depression. She also utilizes Attachment-Focused EMDR. She has been empowering patients through strength-based and solution-focused brief therapy for eight years.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Trauma and PTSD
Anxiety
Depression
Aetna
Cigna
Kaiser (Out-of-Network)
Optum
UnitedHealthcare
Cost per Session:

$120 per 50-minute individual session
$150 per 50-minute couples session

Yes Yes

Mesha Muwanga: LFMT|Best for Christian counseling

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661-404-5181
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Mesha Muwanga is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in anxiety, depression, and relationship counseling. Mesha is a Christian therapist with eight years of professional experience. She utilizes cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior, and narrative therapy techniques to help patients navigate through mood disorders and behavioral issues.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
Depression
Marital and Premarital
Aetna
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Gemcare
Dignity health
Magellan
Cigna
Kaiser
Cost per Session:

Family Therapy
$125.00
Individual Therapy
$125.00
Child Therapy
$125.00

No Yes

Tiffany Bell: M.S., LMFT| Best for patients with developmental disorders

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661-375-7166
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Tiffany Bell specializes in working with adolescents, individuals dealing with trauma and PTSD, and people with developmental disorders, such as autism. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Tiffany helps clients find hope by teaching coping and anger management skills that encourage transformation.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Child or Adolescent
Autism
Trauma and PTSD
Aetna
Anthem (Out of Network)
Beacon
Cigna
Kaiser (Out-of-Network)
Kern legacy
SISC out of network
Cost per Session:

Full rate session $180.00
Initial Assessment $200.00

Yes Yes

Karen Page: M.A., LMFT| Best for anxiety and depression

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661-477-8969
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Karen Page treats relationship and anxiety issues through cognitive behavioral and solution-focused brief therapy. Counseling is provided through in-person visits and HIPAA compliant telepsychiatry services. Karen has more than 30 years of experience helping individuals and couples through stress, depression, and life transitions.

What patients say: 

“Working with Mrs. Page was an amazing experience. She came highly recommended by a close friend, and at first, I was hesitant to reach out for marital issues, but it was the best thing I could have done. She was very understanding, always made sure we were comfortable and made sure to explain everything to us along the way. Would highly recommend!”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Anxiety
Coping Skills
Adventist Health
Aetna
Blue Shield
Blue Shield
CHIPA
E4Health
Kern Legacy
Pls call -most ins have out of network benefits
Windstone
Cost per Session: $200.00 per 45-minute session No Yes

Joshua Lefler: Psy.D.| Best for sexual addiction

Joshua Lefler Photo

661-505-6351
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Clinical psychologist Joshua Lefler has nine years of experience assisting patients struggling with depression and sexual addiction. Christian counseling is combined with cognitive behavioral therapy to help adults and seniors improve their mental health.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Spirituality
Depression
Sexual Addiction
Medicare Cost per Session: $160 No Yes

Daniel S. Rubiaco: Psy.D., LCSW| Best for stress-related issues

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661-381-1115
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Daniel Rubiaco provides psychotherapy services to treat trauma and PTSD, stress, and depression. With over 14 years of experience, Daniel works with patients from all backgrounds and incorporates cognitive behavioral and solution-focused therapy techniques into his counseling sessions.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Trauma and PTSD
Depression
Stress
N/A Cost per Session: $125.00 for a 50 minute session No Yes

Alison Gomez: M.S., LMFT| Best for women's issues

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661-563-1086
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Alison Gomez offers individual and group therapy to address depression, women’s issues, trauma, and PTSD. Allison has worked in the mental health field for the past 10 years, helping to instill confidence and alleviate depression in patients from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Depression
Women’s Issues
Trauma and PTSD
N/A Cost per Session:

Individual Therapy: $200 for 50 minute weekly sessions (or as frequently as clinically appropriate)
Group Therapy: $100 for 90 minute sessions or otherwise stated

Yes Yes

Margaret M. Blanc: M.A., LMFT| Best for mindfulness therapy

Margaret M. Blanc Photo

661-872-7300
Website

Compassionate mindfulness therapy is at the center of Margaret Blanc’s therapy practice. She has been practicing and teaching mindfulness for more than 30 years, using her expertise to help individuals and couples achieve growth. Margaret uses the Gottman Method and hypnotherapy to lead patients towards a more fulfilled life.

What patients say:

“Very helpful, good listener, surprisingly non-judgmental.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Anxiety
Coping Skills
N/A Cost per Session:

$95-120 per 50-minute session

Yes Yes

Jenny Thoman: LMFT| Best for grief therapy

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661-303-6326
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Jenny Thoman works with patients struggling with grief, anxiety, and depression and has more than 15 years of experience in the mental health field. Support and counseling are provided for a wide range of life challenges, including family issues, behavioral issues with children, and premarital counseling.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Grief
Anxiety
Depression
Anthem Blue Cross SISC Cost per Session: 50 minute Session / $120 No Yes

Conni Rush: LPCC: NCCMHC, NCC| Best for depression

Conni Rush Photo

620-220-9396
Website

Conni Rush specializes in counseling for depression, anxiety, and complicated life issues. Conni has over 30 years of experience as a licensed counselor, and she provides patients with the tools necessary to make it through difficult life transitions.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Depression
Anxiety
Life Transitions
N/A Cost per Session: $200 No Yes

Lorraine E. Castro: M.A., LMFT| Best for addiction therapy

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747-234-2655
Website

Lorraine Castro specializes in life coaching and spirituality-based therapy to help patients overcome addiction, anxiety, and stress. She uses compassion-focused and mindfulness-based therapy to help patients cope with self-esteem and trauma-related issues.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Spirituality
Life Coaching
Trauma and PTSD
N/A Cost per Session: $150 Yes Yes

Lauture Massac: Ph.D.| Best for alcohol and substance abuse

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800-656 1157
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Lauture Massac provides personalized counseling to patients dealing with a wide range of issues, including addiction, alcohol issues, and infidelity. Through meditation and holistic therapy techniques, Lauture helps patients achieve balance in their everyday life.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Alcohol Use
Relationship Issues
N/A Cost per Session:

45-minute week session, Video, phone
Regular text messages
$25 extra request for two sessions a week

Yes Yes

III. What You Should Know About Bakersfield Therapy

How are Bakersfield therapists licensed?

The health and safety of California residents is the state’s top priority, and the process to become a licensed therapist includes a strict regulation process. Prospective therapists must first obtain a master’s degree or doctoral degree. The degree must be relevant to psychology and include coursework in both counseling and psychotherapy, as well as a six-semester practicum.

Upon finishing the master’s degree program, prospective counselors must complete 3,000 hours of supervised work experience. During this time, 150 hours must include clinical experience in a mental health facility or hospital setting.

The final step to becoming a licensed mental health counselor in Bakersfield is to pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) and the California LPCC Law and Ethics Exam. The NCMHCE is a problem-solving test covering 10 unique cases from the field of mental health counseling.

How much does therapy cost in Bakersfield?

Bakersfield patients should expect to pay an average of $126 per 45 to 60-minute therapy session. You’ll likely need multiple sessions to work through your mental health challenges.

Since therapy can be expensive, you’ll need to plan how you’ll cover the cost of care. Many practices accept insurance, so ask your provider about any fees you may be expected to pay ahead of your scheduled appointment. Insurances accepted include major providers, such as Aetna, Beacon, Blue Shield of California, Cigna, and United Healthcare. Some therapists on this list also have a sliding scale payment system in place to make therapy accessible to more people.

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