California

A listing of therapists, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists in California, USA interested in providing culturally sensitive cross-cultural care for today’s international expat community.

Los Angeles

Mark Burdick PhD, Clinical and Educational Psychologist.
EU (NIP) Psychologist / Chartered UK Psychologist / US Psychologist
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands, London & Los Angeles, CA, USA
Phone: +31 20 894 3303
Email: info@americanpsychologist.nl
Website: www.americanpsychologist.nl | www.drburdick.com | www.drburdick.co.uk
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English, Dutch, French, Spanish
Religious Affiliation: All Religions Welcome
Clinical Specialties: Treatment, vocational & educational evaluation; recovery from addiction
Cross-Cultural Experience: Dr. Burdick is a ATCK himself in living in US, UAE, Switzerland, UK, and Netherlands. Invited Speaker at 2018 FIGT Conference in Den Hague. His Dutch company, BPPS (Burdick Psychological and Placement Services)  / WEC (World Education Consultant) have offices and contacts around the globe in working with adults and at-risk youth, and those requiring immediate placement help in a residential, boarding or treatment facility in Europe, UK, and in the US.

Ashley Lynch, PsyD, DCC
I have a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I also have additional training specializing in the delivery of effective online psychotherapy services. I am a Certified Telemental Health Practitioner and Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC#1844).
Location: Tamarindo, Costa Rica and Worldwide via online video technology and phone. (If seeking online services from the U.S., I am licensed in California and Hawaii.)
Phone: (562) 344-5660
Email: DrLynch@esupportonlinetherapy.com
Website: www.esupportonlinetherapy.com – Please check out my website for more information about my online practice.
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English
Religious Affiliation: All religious and spiritual orientations are welcome.
Clinical Specialties: Expatriate and cross-cultural experiences, challenging life transitions, coping with stress, relationship difficulties, depression and sadness, anxiety and worry, recovery from disordered eating and improving body image, substance abuse and recovery, parenting and family conflict, coping with grief and loss, trauma and resilience, managing the emotional components of a physical illness, increasing self-esteem and self-worth, and identity exploration.
Cross-Cultural Experience: Although I was born in the U.S., I have spent quite a bit of time traveling to and living in other countries. The first country I lived in was Spain, where I studied abroad for one year. Currently, I live primarily in Costa Rica, and I am very familiar with the expatriate community and the issues faced by many of its members. It can be extremely difficult to live in another country with vastly different values, perspectives, and ways of living. If your support is limited, it is important for you to know that you are not alone, and that someone is here to walk the journey with you. I offer a free consultation because finding a therapist that is right for you is a very personal and important decision. If you would like an initial consultation, please call me at (562) 344-5660 or email me at DrLynch@esupportonlinetherapy.com.

Robert Oleskevich, M.A. Clinical Psychology and LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. LMFT 49803
Location: Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Los Angeles, CA, USA
Phone: +84 0128 345 0380 (Vietnam) 1-310-800-1991 (California)
Email: hello@herosjourneytherapy.com
Website: www.herosjourneytherapy.com
Nationality: USA
Language: English
Religious Affiliation: No religious Affiliation
Clinical Specialties: MBCT Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, MBSR Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Trained in the Mindful Schools Curriculum for Adolescents and Children.
Cross-Cultural Experience: Experience working with adolescents of all backgrounds at a school for Los Angeles which catered to socially/emotionally challenged adolescents. Experience working with adults from the Expat communities in Vietnam.

Dove Pressnall, MA, LMFT
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA & Worldwide – online and telephonic support to military, mission, and humanitarian personnel.
Phone: 323-989-3683
Email: dove@talkingpossibilities.com
Website: www.talkingpossibilities.com
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English, Melanesian Pidgin (fluent), Spanish (intermediate)
Religious Affiliation: N/A, respect all beliefs, in-depth experience with Evangelical Christianity
Clinical Specialties: My goal is to help you have more of what you want in your life by minimizing the effects of anxiety, depression, and other problems. I work with people who are making phase of life adjustments, healing after traumatic or violent experiences, looking to build more satisfying relationships, parenting and co-parenting, wanting to end a relationship well, and who want support around their experiences in the military, missionary, or humanitarian relief work.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I am a Graduate of Ukarumpa High School, Papua New Guinea. As an adult, I lived and worked for some years in post-conflict West Africa. I have done extensive work with Latino families in the US and have a deep appreciation for the nuances of culture and a world perspective.

Mission Viejo

Anita Jacob, MS, MFT
Location: Mission Viejo, CA, USA
Phone: (949) 306-1512
Email: anitajjacob@gmail.com
Website: www.counselorforindependence.com
Nationality: British, USA
Languages Spoken: English
Religious Affiliation: Christian
Clinical Specialties: Adolescents, Adults, Couples
Cross-Cultural Experience: MK in Philippines (1982-91), lived in England (91-99), Bible College in France (1999-2000), California (2000-present).

Brenda Keck, MFT
Location: Mission Viejo, CA, USA
Phone: (949) 835-6885
Email: brendakeck.lmft@gmail.com
Website:
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English
Religious Affiliation: Christian
Clinical Specialties: TCK Identity development and adjustment, ReEntry & transitions, Marriage Therapy, Trauma recovery, Depression, Anxiety, Spiritual crisis
Cross-Cultural Experience: Grew up in East Africa (11 years), lived and worked in Singapore (2 years), Since becoming a therapist in 2008, I have made over 10 international trips to work with expatriate families with various organizations.

San Francisco

Beth Hayes, PsyD, MFT
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Phone: 415-820-1681
Email: Drelizabethhayes@gmail.com
Website:
Nationality: First generation Irish American (USA)
Languages Spoken: English
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties:
Life transitions, bodily dysphoria, anxiety, depression, and isolation. The common thread that has always run through my private practice case load is the theme of transition.  I have spent the last decade working with individuals who find themselves within or are attempting to navigate through a difficult transitional period in their lives.  Many times this transitional period has come as a result of migration to America.  I enjoy working with clients who are in transition or are straddling two different psychic locations whether those “locations” are opposite poles on the gender binary or two different cultures/countries separated by an ocean.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I currently work with many individuals who are from other countries (China, Romania, Russia, India) but are working in the tech industry in San Francisco.

Mari L’Esperance, MA, LMFT – California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #MFC 52200
I am currently not accepting new clients, but am available for professional consultation.
Location: San Francisco East Bay (Contra Costa County), CA, USA
Phone: 510-730-0670 (voicemail)
Email: m.lesperance.lmft@gmail.com
Website: www.linkedin.com/in/marilesperance
Nationality: USA (I am biracial of East-West heritage)
Languages Spoken: English, basic Japanese
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: My work is informed by relational, psychodynamic, family systems, attachment-based, cross-cultural, and transpersonal perspectives. Areas of clinical focus include, but are not limited to, Third Culture Kids/Global Nomads, multiethnic/cross-cultural adults, international expatriates and repatriates, and adults who are undergoing significant life transitions. I also have a long-time interest in Jungian/depth psychology and poetry and am a published poet, writer, and editor.
Cross-Cultural Experience: born in Japan and raised in a biracial, cross-cultural family; attended local and international schools in the USA, Micronesia, and Japan; as an adult, have lived and worked in Los Angeles, Tokyo, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York City; as an LMFT, have worked with adults, adolescents, and children from a variety of racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds

Beth Lee, MA, MFTI
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Phone: 650.275.238
Email: beth@beth-lee.com
Website: www.beth-lee.com  
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English
Religious Affiliation: none
Clinical Specialties: Individual therapy for adults and teens, couples therapy, parenting support (especially for blended, cross-cultural and TCK families). Have a special interest  and  competence in working with TCKs raised under cover.
Cross-Cultural Experience: Born in Germany, lived in Hungary, Okinawa, Taiwan, Greece. Various locations in the US. Raised, blended, multi-cultural family. Expert  resource for optimizing quality of life within the challenges and benefits of multi-culturalism in relationships, families, education, and business.

Dr. Josie Valderrama, Psy.D. License PSY27913
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Phone: 1.415.683.0470
Email: drjosievalderrama@gmail.com
Website: www.drjosievalderrama.com
Nationality: USA & Filipino
Languages Spoken: English
Religious Affiliation: Agnostic Christian & Buddhist; regular meditator (Vipassana)
Clinical Specialties: Tech Addiction, Mindfulness, LGBTQA, Alternative Sexuality, Anxiety
Cross-Cultural Experience: Raised bicultural (Filipino & Scandinavian). Familiar with Pinoy culture both in U.S. & P.I. I have lived in Costa Rica & England. Regularly visit family in Philippines. Spent time in Thailand & Japan, Central America, Mexico & Carribbean, and Europe. I understand some Spanish (was fluent & currently re-learning).

Ventura

Angela DeVita, PhD, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 
Location: Ventura, CA, USA (and worldwide)
Phone: +1.805.304.5705
Email: drangeladevita@gmail.com
Website: www.drangeladevita.com
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English (native), Spanish (advanced)
Religious Affiliation: open to all spiritual traditions
Clinical Specialties: Areas of specialization include but are not limited to anxiety, stress, relationship issues, sexual issues, trauma, compassion fatigue, caregiver stress, health & wellbeing, life transitions, perfectionism, work-life balance, identity, cross-cultural challenges: couples, workplace, living environment, immigration, repatriation, TCKs, genealogy/ancestry work.
Much of the work I do with clients focuses on identifying and honoring your authentic needs and desires as we sift through the variety of familial, societal, and cultural influences and experiences that have been part of your development and how these aspects influence your relationships, career choices, and other spheres of life. My approach integrates depth psychology, Jungian shadow work and dreamwork, somatic psychotherapy, creative arts therapies, family systems, CBT and solution focused coaching.
I am clinically experienced working with international teachers, doctors, mobile-professionals, diplomats, authors, college students, and digital entrepreneurs and embrace working with people of a variety of diverse backgrounds, identities, and spiritual traditions.
Cross-Cultural Experience: Throughout my career as a psychotherapist and global coach and in personal life, I have been enriched with experience working with diverse clientele who have lived in a variety of countries and cultures as well as Americans working abroad or repatriating, feeling confused about their identities, and how cross-cultural experiences often amplify other concurrent issues in their lives. Cultural-bridging, ancestry, travel and understanding who we are through these experiences are among of my personal and professional passions.

Statewide

Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D.
Location: California, USA (and worldwide: travels to client countries)*
* Grey Matters International is a “one stop shop” global psychological consulting firm that leverages powerful neuroscience technologies and methods for ex-pats and their families. We work in a ‘we come to you’ fashion and can help all your personal,relationship and family/children mental health needs quickly and effectively.
Phone: 1-877-606-6161  (if calling from outside USA: 1-918-949-1972)
Email: info@greymattersintl.com
Website: www.greymattersintl.com
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English
Religious Affiliation: Open to All Religious/Spiritual Orientations
Clinical Specialties: Mood disorders, stress/burnout, relationship conflict, addiction, OCD, ADD/ADHD, brain injury, trauma, sleep concerns, high performance and career counseling
Cross-Cultural Experience: Worked with clients on 5 continents on their private mental health needs and have advised many multi-cultural “professionals, executives, leaders” on their culture change needs affecting many employees and their unique values

Judith Zur PhD Social Anthropology, MPhil Clinical Psychology, Diploma in Family and Marital Therapy (Institute of Family Therapy London) BSc Experimental Psychology
Location: California, USA and Oxford England (works by Online/Phone). I also see people face to face when present in these locations.
Phone: +44 733 694 733
Email: zurtherapy@gmail.com
Website: www.onlinetherapyandlifecoach.com
Nationality: British and North American
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish
Religious Affiliation: I have worked with people of many religious affiliations
Clinical Specialties: As a family, marital and individual therapist  with many years of experience I work with a wide range of relationship and mental health challenges with nationals, expatriates including multicultural couples. To list a few examples: Relationship, Marital & Parenting issues in general and also related to expatriates adaptation to different cultures where family support networks are limited, behavior issues of children and adolescents including bullying and appropriate use of the internet. Other specialties include: Anxiety, Depression, Anger management, eating disorders, Self esteem and emotional difficulties related to the experience of living abroad.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I have lived and worked (in English and Spanish) in Guatemala, Mexico the USA and UK. I have a doctorate in Social Anthropology and a Masters in clinical psychology having pursued the former as a way of  understanding cultural issues better within therapy as well as understanding how people recover when living in situations of conflict. Within the NHS in the UK I was an expert on working with cross cultural issues. I have personal experience of moving country, bi cultural relationship and children (my children have three nationalities! US/UK/Mexican). I also work with more “normal” issues of anxiety and depression, anger management and other emotional difficulties and relationship problems. I have a range of ways of working with people which I draw upon according to the specific issue at hand and also peoples preferences. We can discuss this at an initial meeting which I normally like to set up to ascertain if we are a good fit and you find my style and way of working helpful. It is up to you to decide after an initial meeting whether you chose to continue.