J. Ann Clayton, Therapist in California — Zencare
J. Ann  Clayton
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J. Ann Clayton

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
California Not Accepting Online

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Updated March 7, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Loss and grief
  • Mood disorders

Professional statement

J. Ann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, sole practitioner for J. Ann Clayton, LCSW in San Diego, CA. Her areas of specialty include clients with depression, anxiety, life adjustment transitions, complicated/complex trauma and grief and loss.

J. Ann takes on an interpersonal approach with her work stemming from Internal Family Systems and EMDR modalities. It is important for clients to actively participate in treatment planning and goal planning while J Ann acts as a co-pilot in ensuring the path taken is appropriate and safe. She shapes her approach by meeting the client where they are and teaching skills that derive from DBT, CBT and positive grounding techniques. Clients will be guided in finding the stepping-stones needed to navigate life's challenges while embracing the present.

As a woman of color, J. Ann understands the complexities one may endure navigating life through unanticipated judgment and/or discrimination. She sees the importance of building on strengths when encountering life’s challenges while also building upon internal resources to help maintain balance in one’s life. With the climate of today’s world, it’s essential to take care of our mental health and not ignore triggers or signs that may be hindering one in receiving the help that you need.

J. Ann graduated with her Bachelor’s of Arts from Hampton University. She went on to receive her Master’s in Social work from University of Southern California. She has completed required hours as a trained EMDR therapist. She started her career working alongside healthcare professionals to assist children and families suffering from long-term and life threatening illnesses. She has moved on to work alongside the Criminal Justice system; addressing a complex population while implementing wide-ranging interventions; ranging from Systems Theory, Attachment Theories, Trauma Based Theories and Cognitive Behavioral Theories. While supporting this role, she maintains part-time work as a Mental Health therapist in her private practice.

Message to clients

Life is beautiful; but it can take some unexpected turns. Whether you address the obstacles when it's presented or avoid it by suppressing it, conflict is normal for everyone to experience. We experience internal conflict within ourselves and external conflict from our environment. By processing conflicting feelings within and adapting to constant change in our environment, we develop new ways to connect to our inner self and our loved ones while building on our new asylum. It's important to receive support in a healing, restorative environment that is a safe space for you.


Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Mood disorders - Depression, dysthymia (mild depression), bipolar disorder, hormone-related mood issues, i.e. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and postpartum depression, adjustment disorder with depression


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


J. Ann Clayton is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (90min)
  • Sliding scale: $90 - $150
  • Initial session: $120 (60min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • As needed


Online Sessions (California)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 7:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2018 - Present
The State of CA Mental Health Affiliation, 2016 - Present

University of Southern California, MSW, 2012
Hampton University, BA, 2010



Client testimonials

"She was incredibly kind, understanding, and a great listener."
- Zencare client • September 2020