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Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Solana Beach, CA

Ann Alsaadi
Self Pay Rate: $119

Ann Alsaadi, LMFT

Philosophy of Care

Hello my name is Ann Alsaadi. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (LMFT) since 2007. I have conducted groups for Parenting, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Sexual Offenses and Victims of Crime. I also worked in the foster care and adoption field through both the social work and mental health perspectives for many years. Through this I gained experience with working with several issues in regards to children, families, infertility, adoption issues and issues related to foster care from the perspectives of the foster children and youth, resource parents and birth families. 

My passion in all the work I have done is to help people reach their goals, heal from trauma related issues and issues related to different phases of life. I provide non-judgmental and open hearted support for people in my work and feel honored to be a part of each person’s journey. I work from a person-centered approach in the therapeutic relationship with my client. I strive to meet each client "where they are" and to provide support to each person in his or her individual process of self-discovery and path towards self-actualization.

Talking through your feelings and receiving an alternative viewpoint can be therapeutic in itself. I am interested in your personal story and will provide support, guidance, and understanding throughout your wellness journey. In working from a relational lens, I help individuals form better relationships with themselves and others. We will explore your unique story, discuss attachment and discover the underlying thoughts and feelings that may contribute to discord and conflict. Also, as a brainspotting practitioner, I can help you to process unresolved traumas and work with you to expand your heart’s desire within yourself. 

In therapy, the client is the expert and the path and pace of therapy is the choice of the client. My role as a therapist is to provide structure and support while holding space for my client on his or her own personal journey towards healing and self discovery. 

Sometimes people just need someone to talk to. Therapy provides a warm and safe place to explore issues and clear emotional and mental obstacles so that you can live your best life. Transformation is not easy. It is a brave and difficult choice at times to make the decision to seek help for anything, including and sometimes especially, when it comes to mental health. Contact me if you feel I can help you. 

Education

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Pepperdine University

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Women's Issues
Jude Levasseur
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Jude Levasseur, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Jude Levasseur is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of California. He has been a health care executive for more than 20 years with broad experience in clinical, medical, nursing relations, utilization management, quality assessment, business development, regulatory compliance, and nursing practice. Jude has a successful track record of implementing changes to maintain sustainable profits, reduce costs, and improve patient satisfaction. He demonstrates a strong result orientation, combined with interpersonal and leadership abilities to attain patients and team-oriented outcomes.

Jude’s educational background includes a Bachelor's degree in nursing and an MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix as well as a Master's degree in nursing from Walden University. Jude’s previous roles include Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Newport Academy, Region Sr. Director of Clinical Operations for Kindred Healthcare, and the Chief Nursing Officer at Huntington Beach Hospital.

Jude lives in Orange County, California with his wife Brooke and his daughter Preslie. His hobbies include hiking and boating on the beautiful coastlines of Southern California. Catalina Islands is Jude’s preferred spot for fishing, boating, and hiking.

Education

Master of Science in Nursing
Walden University

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • ADHD
  • OCD
Melissa Smith
Self Pay Rate: $119

Melissa Smith, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Melissa Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 24 years of experience supporting individuals and their families during challenging times, which often includes dealing with difficult life transitions, work or personal stressors, undeveloped coping skills, new or chronic medical conditions, grief, loss, compassion fatigue, anxiety, and depression.

She believes the therapeutic relationship between client and counselor to be the most valuable component of counseling. Melissa embraces a person-centered, holistic approach to therapy, which includes incorporating aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness practices.

Melissa believes it is a privilege to be able to assist you during this time in your life and to be part of this journey. Reach out to her to start working toward your personal goals, as you team up to address the obstacles standing in your path.

Education

Tulane University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Coping Skills
  • Life Transitions
  • Stress
Joseph Derije
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Joseph Derije, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Joseph is board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, he graduated from Gonzaga University with a Master’s in Nursing. He completed his undergraduate degree from Ohio University. Upon graduation, he trained under Exodus Recovery Foundation. Currently, he provides care for clients in his local community with a focus on team based approach and patient centered care.

Education

Gonzaga University
Master’s of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia
Michelle Chieme
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Michelle Chieme, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Michelle Chieme is a Nurse Practitioner in the state of California who specializes in the field of psychiatry.  Michelle has a wealth of experience treating adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, and life adjustments. She completed her Master’s Degree of Science In Nursing at Azusa Pacific University. She is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Michelle incorporates a nursing-based approach that is patient focused while also taking into consideration the individual’s environment as a whole. She works collaboratively with clients to determine the best form of treatment that will meet their unique needs while also promoting mindfulness and introspection.

Michelle is passionate about destigmatizing mental health. She especially enjoys working with clients who have been silently suffering from depression/anxiety and are ready to take the first step towards getting treatment. Michelle looks forward to connecting with you in a safe and nonjudgmental space, where together we can work towards building resiliency and getting you back to your best life.

Education

Azusa Pacific University
MSN In Nursing

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Life Adjustments
  • Mood Disorders
  • Stress Management

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