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.
Former Chair of BBS for State of CA
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands & Los Angeles, CA, USA
Phone:+31 20 894 3303
Email: info@drburdick.nl
Website: www.drburdick.nl
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish
Religious Affiliation: Jewish
Clinical Specialties: Educational placement and learning diagnostics; recovery from addiction
Cross-Cultural Experience: Multiple diverse populations over 30 years of experience with coursework / training. Particularly well versed in working with at-risk youth, and those requiring immediate placement help in a psychiatric hospital, residential or boarding school. Multiple partnering schools and facilities throughout the world; however many located of the therapeutic programs located 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@yestherapyhelps.com
Website: www.yestherapyhelps.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

Andrea Crapanzano, Ph.D
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA & Worldwide (online sessions)
Phone: 415-663-6645
Email: andreacrapanzanophd@gmail.com
Website: www.andreacrapanzanophd.com
Nationality: Italian
Languages Spoken: English & Italian
Religious Affiliation: Open to All Religious/Spiritual Orientations
Clinical Specialties: I work with adolescents, young adults, adults, couples, and families. My specialty areas of focus are: shame, depression, grief & loss, stress & anxiety, relationships, identity & life transitions, sex & sexuality, and substance abuse. My experience – In Italy: For over eleven years, I worked as a psychotherapist in a variety of settings, including non­profit agencies, mental health facilities and in my own private practice. During my time in Italy, my clients included adolescents and adults in outpatient, educational, day treatment, and inpatient settings. My clinical experience has included individual, couples, family and group therapy. In addition, I have also worked with those seeking supportive services for substance abuse – In the US: Since moving to San Francisco, I have had the fortunate opportunity to volunteer at the Progress Foundation serving those with disabilities related to mental illness. My work with these individuals has prioritized various treatment alternatives in lieu of institutional placement. I was also employed as a psychological assistant at Queer Lifespace, a nonprofit counseling agency that seeks to bring mental health and substance abuse services to the LGBTQQI community. In addition to this therapy practice, I am currently working with Sharper Future, a private­sector mental health service provider specializing in the assessment and treatment of forensic populations and others with behavioral and mental health issues.
Cross-Cultural Experience: I was born in Switzerland and moved to Italy as a child where I obtained my Ph.D in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy following my interest in depth psychology and developing self-awareness. After a few years of practice in Italy, I moved to San Francisco where I am currently living and working as a psychologist for an agency and in my own private practice. In my work, I like to embrace cultural and personality diversities.

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
Location: Ventura, CA, USA (and worldwide)
Phone: +1.805.304.5705
Email: drangeladevita@gmail.com
Website: www.angeladevitaphd.com & www.globalcoachingforwomen.com
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English (native), Spanish (advanced)
Religious Affiliation: open to all spiritual traditions
Clinical Specialties: Anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions, perfectionism, work-life balance, cross-cultural issues (couples, workplace, living environment), TCKs, identity development, repatriation, professional women, location independent entrepreneurs, global nomads, long-distance relationships. I offer both psychotherapy as a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California and life & career-related coaching. Please visit my websites for further information and to schedule online. My approach integrates a blend of depth psychology, dreamwork, mindfulness, art therapy, emotional intelligence as well as grounded solution-focused practicality. Please visit my websites for further information and to schedule online.
Cross-Cultural Experience: An Italian-American, I grew up within international communities in Chicago feeling most connected with people from other countries or who feel different from the common culture. In my work as depth psychotherapist and coach, I have been fortunate to work with a richly diverse clientele from a variety of countries and cultures. Many clients come to me for support with stresses of immigration, acculturation, cultural norm and language challenges, personal and professional identity development, clashes of personal values and expectations with family, partner, company, new culture, etc.  My personal passion is world travel and multicultural experiences; I travel frequently and spend part of each year living in Spain. I enjoy connecting with my clients online no matter where in the world you or I happen to be.

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.