Therapists Specializing in Identity Development in San Diego

Our identity can change and develop throughout life. For many of us, our ideas of who we are and what we believe constantly evolve over the years. Defining your own beliefs, lifestyle, and sense of self can be exciting, but it’s natural to experience some uncertainty or discomfort in the process too. Although identity development is most commonly associated with adolescence, challenges can arise at any time, especially during major life transitions or other times of change.

Therapy can help us better understand ourselves, feel more confident in who we are, and improve our ability to make sense of our world. A therapist might focus on clarifying values to guide your actions through acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) or develop your thoughts and core beliefs through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Some therapists also provide existential therapy, a philosophically-rooted approach that focuses on meaning, freedom, connection, and mortality.

As numerous therapeutic modalities can help with identity development, it can be beneficial to discuss the options with one of the therapists in San Diego below who specialize in this area. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Juanita  Dimas

Juanita Dimas

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $200 per session

Hello! I am originally from the U.S., with almost 20 years as a licensed psychologist. I can see you if you are in California or almost any other country in the world via online psychotherapy.

I am Chicana, and having lived abroad for many years as a child and an adult, I am also bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural.

I work with adolescents and adults with a range of emotional, mental health and health concerns, including trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, identity issues, immigration, psycho-socio-cultural stress, self-esteem, as well as psychiatric crisis. Together, as a team, you and I define what you want to work on, how and to what end, and will address the past only in as much as it it impacts your present and future. We will consider all aspects of your life as a whole, for example, the social, emotional, physical, geographical, relational, and developmental, considering that who we are is always as a whole person within context. If, and only if you wish, I can work in collaboration with others you define as important to your process, such as family members, schools, health care providers, and anyone else important to you.


Audrey Elizabeth Lee

Audrey Elizabeth Lee

Online Sessions, CA

Insurances: Lyra Health, Modern Health Insurance
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 per session

Welcome to My Practice! I am a trained Prepare and Enrich Facilitator, and I have experience providing Pre-Marital counseling and support to couples from all backgrounds. I have completed my training in EMDR from the EMDR Institute, and I am currently participating in advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through the Beck Institute. In addition, I specialized in working with stressed parents, educators, and also working professionals. In my work with clients, I draw from a client-centered perspective and I incorporate evidence-based practices, including CBT, DBT, Solution-Focused, and EMDR.

My therapy style is warm and inviting, and I work from a client-centered approach. As a therapist, I feel honored and privileged to be able to journey with my clients through the ups and downs of life. I know that seeking therapy for yourself or your family can often be a scary step, so I commend you for this brave decision.


Amber  Robinson

Amber Robinson

Online Sessions, CA

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

We are living in the most complicated and unprecedented year to date. Although we're all experiencing this life in real time, we are all experiencing things in our own way. We all have our own unique circumstances and struggles. Chances are if you're here, you're feeling stuck and confused. How could you not be? With so many changes going on each day, how do you even begin to identify how you're feeling? Who do you share it with? It's all just -- heavy.

In therapy, I believe that the relationship built between therapist and client is what truly provides the foundation for productive growth. You want a therapist who understands you and can relate to you, but who also recognizes and challenges the patterns that may be impeding your growth. I can be that person for you. I will make sure that you’re not only seen and heard, but that you receive the tools you need to live a healthier and happier life.

Initially, we will address the current symptoms that are currently troubling you most, but we will also dive into how these patterns originated. We’ll explore the behaviors that have been modeled for you and how that has contributed to the way that you navigate life now. We will work to explore your unique patterns, how you fell into them, and how they may be helping or hurting you.

You don’t have to walk this journey alone; you don’t have to do this work alone. We will do it together!


Ektha  Aggarwal

Ektha Aggarwal

Online Sessions, CA

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

As your therapist, I am committed to helping you discover your inner power and cultivate lasting change. I help people whose emotions or thoughts take over at the worst possible moments, and those who wrestle with day-to-day life confusion, pain or loss. This period of time can feel overwhelming and debilitating. It may even affect your relationships with family, friends or career.

As Shannon Alder puts it, “courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.” How do you to face the difficult questions, show courage, and claim your Shakti (strength) in order to heal?

Healing begins with love. Let’s work on being in love with the person in the mirror. You have been through so much and are still showing resilience. As your psychotherapist, I help you navigate the challenges of adulthood & manage your feelings through interventions such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Walking Therapy and other holistic methods like Crystal Healing.

If you are ready to feel empowered, effortlessly achieve your goals, and feel more happiness in your life, contact me today for a complimentary telephone consultation. I am in this with you & TOGETHER we can navigate any conflict you are trying to manage.


Erin  Harrigan

Erin Harrigan

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $200 per session

I truly believe in our ability to change the way we are living and experiencing the world, starting from the inside out. Choosing to take those first steps towards opening yourself to another person is never easy and you're already on your way. I hope to provide a space for you to freely express yourself, process life experiences, envision life as you imagine it and feel empowered to take action towards your desires. Please reach out to see if I am a fit for what it is you are being guided towards!


Donna  McCann

Donna McCann

Online Sessions, CA

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

We all experience times in our lives or specific challenges that cause us to feel frustrated, anxious, depleted, stuck, or otherwise dissatisfied. Whatever the reason for you seeking out therapy at this time in your life, I believe it's an opportunity for greater self-knowledge to promote change in your life and develop skills to cope with life's challenges. It takes courage to sort through confusion and pain, and in our collaborative work you can find meaning and hope.

My style is compassionate, engaging and mindful, and I strive to build a safe and trusting relationship as we get to know each other. With a psychodynamic approach, we explore the subconscious patterns that are playing out in your present life and bring them to your awareness so that you are free to chart the course of your life.

My goal is to aid you in recognizing your mind-body connection, allowing for the restoration of your emotional well-being and the strengthening of your resilience. We possess greater ability for change when we begin to understand what our body is telling us. My prior practice as a chiropractor has prepared me to guide you through that mind-body connection so that you may begin to find your way towards a greater sense of well-being and personal growth.

I look forward to meeting and working with you.


Michele  Conklin Montrone

Michele Conklin Montrone

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 - $200 per session

I believe therapy is a place to explore challenges, connect with feelings, better understand patterns and relationships so you can create the life you want. Therapy is one of the rare places you can do that in a completely safe space and in the presence of someone who is committed to being on that path with you. 


Tara L Moyle

Tara L Moyle

Online Sessions, CA

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO), United Healthcare, FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Oxford Health Plans, Aetna Student Health Insurance, United Healthcare Student Health Plan, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna), New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 - $175 per session

We all need to be seen, and heard, at any age. Being scared, anxious, or even depressed are sometimes part of being a person. Our fast-paced digital world can present unique challenges for our bodies and minds. I am happy to meet you wherever you are, and will approach each visit with a sense of compassionate curiosity. Just as we hunger for stories of other people to help guide us, you may wonder about your own story. Why are you here? What must you do with your life?

I work with adolescents (12+) through older, retired adults and specialize in issues of transition, anxiety, adjustment, depression, and vocation. I am not the expert in your life; you are. But sometimes we need help with perspective. Together, we will create a plan that will help you reduce the most difficult aspects of your life and help you determine how to move through them. What cannot be changed can be reviewed, understood, and ultimately, accepted.


Julie  Remala-Hanley

Julie Remala-Hanley

Online Sessions, CA

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

Life is hard. We are not born knowing how to regulate our feelings, communicate effectively, or set healthy boundaries. Sometimes we need some help to learn how to be in the world in a way that feels safe, empowered, and free.

I am passionate about helping women grow into more of themselves. Doing the work of healing can be scary business, but I believe that having a supportive and safe space to explore your inner life is the key to success. I strive to create an environment of acceptance, authenticity, and laughter. I will work hard to make sure you feel seen and heard, but also challenged. I love what I do and feel deeply honored to walk beside women on their journeys.

I'd love to hear from you! Please reach out if you'd like to chat and see if we're a good fit.


David  Haynik

David Haynik

Online Sessions, CA

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

Thanks for taking the time to read about me and my practice! I work exclusively via telehealth and am experienced in addressing many different life challenges. I think you will find that I'm a compassionate and patient listener. I truly care about making sure that you feel comfortable in our virtual therapy environment through trust and transparency.

What can you expect in a therapy session with me?

I'm always prompt and we'll start each session with a quick check-in. I'll ask what you want to put on the agenda, but if you don't have anything specific or you don't know where to start; that's okay! We'll explore together and collaboratively identify areas that prevent you from living a present-focused, purposeful life. Most importantly, we go at your speed.

No matter who you choose as your therapist, I wish you the best of luck and much compassion on your journey.


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