Vera  McGrath

Vera McGrath


Master of Arts (MA) - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Carlsbad Accepting In-person
Updated January 24, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Infertility counseling
  • Parenting
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health

Professional statement

Vera McGrath is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in Carlsbad, CA. She enjoys working with young adults and adults, including parents. Many of Vera’s clients maintain busy lives made busier by their people pleasing tendencies and perfectionism. They feel like they’re constantly juggling competing priorities, though they never prioritize themselves. These tendencies may be a result of trauma or of major life events like infertility, pregnancy, and postpartum, and lead to excessive worry, frustration, and overwhelm.

Vera’s approach to therapy combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Clients learn more about their thought patterns, including the patterns that reinforce self-criticism. They also establish ways to ground themselves as they process through painful memories from their past. Vera creates an open space that feels safe to talk about relationships, stress, physical well-being, and anything else that’s happening in her clients’ lives.

Vera earned a Master’s degree from National University. She has extensive experience working in maternal mental health and with parents, teaching clients how to control their emotional reactions to establish safety and a sense of calm. Her style is down-to-earth and authentic, and she seeks to support clients as they find healing and restoration in their lives.


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

Infertility counseling - Understanding infertility interventions and solutions; support during decision-making processes; coping with fertility problems and pregnancy loss

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

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

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

Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety


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


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • All Savers Insurance Company
  • Allied Benefit Systems
  • Health Plans Inc.
  • Loyola Marymount University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Meritain Health
  • Modern Health Insurance
  • Nippon Life Benefits
  • Occidental College Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Pomona College Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Surest (formerly Bind)
  • Trustmark
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Shared Services
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • University of Southern California Student Health Insurance (Aetna)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
  • Courtesy billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
  • IvyPay
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
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am-6pm
  • Tue 10am-5pm
  • Wed 1pm-5pm
  • Thu 10am-5pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Carlsbad practice
2945 Harding St, 205, Carlsbad, California 92008
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am-6pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years

Marine Corps Civilian Careers, Clinical Specialist (Community Counseling Center), 2021 - 2023
Vista Hill Foundation, Mental Health Provider (Public Schools), 2018 - 2021

National University, Master in Counseling Psychology, 2018
University of Muenster (Germany), Diplom in Psychology , 2009


California: 120241