Therapists Specializing in Domestic Violence in San Diego

Domestic violence involves any type of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse within a relationship or family. Domestic violence can happen to anyone, and it often has a huge impact on the mental and physical health of those who experience it. People who are subjected to, under the threat of, or have witnessed domestic violence may struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma symptoms, and/or substance abuse.

If you or someone you know is at risk of harm, safety is the first priority. Having the support of a trusted therapist during the process of planning how to leave can be of great benefit. Once you are safe, therapy can help you heal from the psychological effects of domestic violence. Though people react in different ways when faced with stressful and potentially dangerous situations, many providers take a trauma-informed approach to therapy.

The therapists in San Diego below can help you work through your experiences, develop coping strategies, and heal. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for their expertise in domestic violence and the provision of clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Jill  Maher

Jill Maher

5252 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92117

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $190 per session

Welcome and congratulations on taking your first steps towards healing and growth! I have been working with individuals and families impacted by trauma for 15 years across a variety of environments. I specialize in women’s trauma, and I have a passion for working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

I also provide support for women who are struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues in their recovery. I strive to help build a safe and non-judgmental space for you to cultivate your emotional well-being, develop healthy coping skills, and empower yourself. I am here to provide support and offer guidance on helping you to recover and build a life worth living. I look forward to working with you and being a part of your journey!


Angelynn  Hermes

Angelynn Hermes

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 - $200 per session

Those who come to me for therapy are seeking to go deep, to process and heal past hurts, and to cultivate more meaningful and rewarding connections and relationships in their lives. Many of the people I see are navigating expansive and challenging experiences of intimacy, relationships, trauma, grief, sexuality, and gender, or struggles with mental wellness that have either arisen suddenly or been present for many years.

In therapy I seek to build a relationship that allows you to process and understand vulnerable parts of yourself and deeply felt emotions while we also look together for ways to shift patterns and behaviors in order to build the life and relationships you long for. For those looking to process parts of yourself and past experience that you may have turned away from exploring in the past, I am ready to go there with you, providing support in navigating challenging emotions and circumstances to find your inner resilience and most authentic expression of yourself.


Daria  Stepanian

Daria Stepanian

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $85 - $135 per session

Life is weird. It is stressful, complicated, confusing, and painful, there’s no denying that. There is something beautiful about being human and having a human experience with emotions in this weird world. There is beauty in feeling emotions such as love and joy, but also beauty in the depths of sadness and despair. It is part of our human experience, and being human is something we have to embrace with all its beauty, ugliness, vulnerability and discomfort that comes with it. Sometimes we need help in embracing who we are, and that’s where other people come in; Asking for help can be scary, I see that, and I am here for you. As human beings, it is natural to reflect on where we are in our lives and the journey we have traveled. I believe therapy is the journey of the self through the self, and it is my passion to help you enter this journey and hold light in room full of difficult emotions and painful experiences. I commit to make your healing journey as comfortable and authentic as possible, and help support and encourage you along the way.

I look forward to connecting with you!


Georgina  Garay-Lozano

Georgina Garay-Lozano

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $120 - $150 per session

As a first generation everything (college graduate, born in the U.S., business owner), I pride myself in being transparent and being with you throughout the process.

I come from a family of hard workers and go getters, I also come from a long history of trauma. Within me, both of these identities co-exist.

In my practice I see opportunities to relate to clients on their interests in order to incorporate healing strategies. So far, I have learned the most from anime enthusiasts, boxing warriors, and avid readers. Within my services, I convey warmth, laughter, and hope. It is an honor to hold space for your experiences and your life story.


Nicole  Petronzio

Nicole Petronzio

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $135 per session

In the vast sea of therapist's in the world, I know how daunting it can feel to try to search through and find one that feels like they could be the right fit for you! Let me begin by assuring you that I am just as human as they come, and my goal is to help empower you to regain that feeling of control over yourself and your life as much as possible. I recognize that not everyone responds to therapy the same way, and I remain flexible to what works for YOU.

With the current state of the world, there have been so many unique challenges and adjustments we have been forced to make, and you may have been left feeling like you're drowning amidst the chaos. We aren't meant to go through this alone. I am here to help you navigate whatever has been coming up for you lately, at whatever pace you need to take it.

You may be wondering whether telehealth is the right choice for you, or if telehealth with ME is the right choice for you. Ultimately, the power is always in your hands to take the steps towards doing what is best for yourself. I encourage you to reach out and give me a call so that I can help you decide if this feels right!


Sarah  Cella

Sarah Cella

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $90 - $150 per session

Therapy is about cultivating a safe space for you to explore your own self, find opportunities for joy and connection in your life, and make peace with any challenges or struggles you may be facing. At certain moments in our lives, we all experience pain, grief, fear, jealousy, disappointment, longing, and loneliness. We may have searched outside ourselves for the answer to our difficulties, when all along the answer was within. By seeking a quick solution, trying to escape the pain, or pushing away and ignoring our challenges, we often deepen the wound. As the difficulty takes over, we can lose the ability to accept and release challenges, and struggle to normalize our experiences and think rationally. At these moments, therapy is an opportunity to reflect, reset, and restore.

I know that finding a therapist can be a very personal journey, and my hope is that you take some time to find what you need. If I can support you in the creation of your safe space and help to lighten the load you carry, reach out here to connect. I would be honored to accompany you on your journey to wellness.


Jesse  Lainer-Vos

Jesse Lainer-Vos

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

Life can be challenging, especially with so much uncertainty in the world today. My goal as a therapist is to provide a space where it is safe to reflect upon the conflicts and struggles presented in your everyday life. My approach to psychotherapy is to see everyone as distinctive and unique. Curiosity is my most fundamental and powerful tool as a therapist.

Through interactive therapeutic conversations, we address problems such as couples conflict, addiction issues, and the challenge that depression, anger, anxiety and low self-esteem can bring to one’s life. We explore ways of diminishing the effects of these issues and work to build new ways to cope with emotions and stress, and to foster stronger relationships with others and oneself.

Finding a therapist can be difficult, but it is also a brave and necessary step for moving forward and feeling better. I welcome any questions you may have before starting.


Jessica  Gallo

Jessica Gallo

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $250 per session

We don’t heal in isolation. We heal in the context of healthy and safe relationships. Together, we can lighten load that you’ve been carrying and make sense of the messiness of life. In sessions with me, you can expect to be empowered with practical tools, observations, insights and nurturing containment. I offer a safe, authentic space to unpack issues, repair emotional wounds, develop practical skills, engage in exploratory processing of patterns, and be connected with resources and information. Our work together will build on and activate your inner strength and resiliency.

Connecting with a professional therapist can shed light on patterns that may need to shift in order to align with the healthiest version of you. Weekly sessions can offer you a restorative sanctuary from which to heal, grow and break cycles of dysfunction. The therapeutic process is enlightening, transformative, and can surprisingly even be fun! The process puts you in the driver seat of your life rather than continuing to repeat unconscious patterns which are no longer serving you.

I would be honored to be a partner in your path to wellness. If you feel drawn to my approach, let's connect for a free consult.


Erica  Thompson

Erica Thompson

2851 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA, 92108

Online Sessions, CA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $165 per session

Do you struggle with trusting others or with feelings of not being "enough"? Have you experienced trauma or difficult relationships? Sometimes your brain is your worst enemy. You question your worthiness and loveablity. You yearn for success and deep connection. There is pain from your past that has led you to build up walls to protect yourself from being hurt again. But here you are, done feeling stuck. You want to feel confident and successful. You want meaningful connections. I utilize EMDR and IFS to help people heal core wounds. Together we break the cycle of anxiety and disconnection. There will be compassion and some laughs along the way. You will find your hope and start to find your relationships changed for the better. Give yourself this gift.


Danielle  Feinerman

Danielle Feinerman

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $180 per session

It takes a great amount of courage to reach out for extra help. It’s my priority in therapy to provide a safe and compassionate environment where you feel heard, understood and supported each time we meet. You are not alone, and I invite you to reach out to me so we can collaborate towards achieving your goals.


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