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!


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.


Matthew  Calkins

Matthew Calkins

Online Sessions, CA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 - $250 per session

Therapy is, above all things, a relationship. There are many experiences and struggles that are simply too much to handle on our own. And yet, many learn to hide our vulnerability and needs in the world for the sake of psychological survival. My work is focused on addressing that dilemma - to help you share important, often painful realities, and to reduce any anxiety that comes up for you as you participate in an essential human need - telling your story.

Working across settings has provided me with the opportunity to serve people from diverse backgrounds, identities and lived experiences. I have come to appreciate the necessity of culturally responsive therapy for all, particularly for those with marginalized identities. I am committed to addressing racism, and other 'ism' and the harms they cause to the people I serve. Given how much I value the therapy relationship, I welcome frank and open discussions about the differences between us, and how they impact our relationship.


Donna  McCann

Donna McCann

Online Sessions, CA

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


Therapists of New York

Therapists of New York

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $225 - $250 per session

Therapists of New York is a team of doctoral level psychotherapists. We treat individuals and couples struggling with a wide-range of difficulties and/or psychological disorders. We customize treatment to meet each client's individual needs by utilizing our expertise in multiple therapeutic techniques. Our clients are matched by our founder and director, Dr. Elinor Bock, based on personality and specific goals. The matching process relieves the initial hardship of shopping around for the right therapist.

We are a diverse group of therapists with a unified mission: we foster awareness, clarity, relief, and confidence in our clients so that they can overcome obstacles and live freely. We value the importance of genuine, fulfilling, and secure connection with all our clients so they can get the most out of the therapeutic experience.


Kata  Galasi

Kata Galasi

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $180 - $200 per session

Perhaps you are feeling depressed or anxious - maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or feeling that something is missing from our life. You might be looking to break out of unhealthy patterns that are keeping you stuck.

As a therapist, my role is to provide support and guidance in the service of meaningful change. Therapy has the potential to heal old wounds, build on our strengths and promote a greater sense of joy and well-being.

I will draw on my experience with different treatment approaches to help you move toward your goals. I have a background in psychodynamic therapy, CBT and DBT, and I also use mind-body interventions. My style is warm, empathic and interactive.


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.


Andrew  Katsinas

Andrew Katsinas

Online Sessions, CA

4153 Utah Street, San Diego, CA, 92104

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $225 per session

I believe that therapy should always be a safe environment, but "comfort" may need to be challenged in order for desired, transformative change to occur. My clients tend to come at a weekly session frequency for maintenance of a steady "flow" to our work.

My hope for any potential client is that they find the therapist that sufficiently aligns with their needs. If we find that after a couple sessions that our dynamic is not quite working, I will help you find a therapist that is a better fit.

Please feel free to contact me for a free, 15 minute phone consultation to determine whether we are a good therapeutic match. I look forward to hearing from you!


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!


David J  Schlosz

David J Schlosz

Online Sessions, CA

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

I believe that each of us has a deep-seated desire to know others and be known by others. When this doesn't happen, we often find ourselves isolated and feeling alone - even when surrounded by others.

I will create a safe space where you can explore, know, and understand your whole self, even the parts that you’re sometimes afraid to look at. I will help you remove shame, fear, loneliness, and guilt so that you can manifest your authentic self. I can help you get unstuck and discover who you really are. I can help you overcome the pain of rejection and embrace your authentic self.

Taking the first step to begin therapy can be challenging, but you won’t regret it. By now, you have already learned ways to tolerate life’s painful challenges. You don’t have to do this alone. Take the next step and call me today.


Julia  Musker

Julia Musker

Online Sessions, CA

Insurances: Cigna, Optum
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $150 per session

It's so important to connect with your therapist. I take so much joy in connecting with others and allow you a safe, comfortable space to be vulnerable in. I'm human too, so I like to laugh with you and cry with you. I want therapy to be a positive experience and work hard to collaborate with you on your treatment goals and keep the lines of communication open about what you are liking or disliking about our time together.

It is my job but also my privilege to connect with you and form a therapeutic relationship that you feel like you can be yourself in. I have a no judgment zone policy, as I am not here to do that, but only to listen, empathize, and educate in the hopes that you leave therapy with more self awareness, confidence, and coping skills. Can't wait to meet you!


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