Written by
Mary R. Stanley

Finding A Therapist In Riverside, California

Published on 
January 15, 2023

While Riverside, CA maybe in the top 15 largest cities in the state of California, it is known as a big city with a small-town feel.  In fact, there are many smaller communities inside the city limits; each with their own feel or flavor: Orangecrest, Canyon Crest, La Sierra Heights, Alessandro Heights, Mission Grove, Hawarden Hill and the Wood Street, just to name a few.

Riverside is known for being very hot in the summers and don’t even get me started on the 91 freeway, but overall, there are a lot of advantages to living in Riverside.  There is a wide variety of things to do in the city and a vast array of options just an hour away.

Riverside does not have the congestion of more major metropolitan cites such as Los Angeles or San Francsico but it does have just as many things to do.  Not only is downtown Riverside home to the Fox Theatre and Mission Inn, you can also find several museums and a wide variety of bars and restaurants. 

If you are looking for something to do outside, Riverside offers numerous golf courses, skate parks, hiking trails and parks.  Speaking of parks, did you know that Fairmount Park consists of 250 acres!  There are tennis courts, a golf course, playgrounds, barbecues, trails, lawn bowling, a rose garden and of course Lake Evans which offers sailing, fishing and pedal boating.  Scattered throughout Riverside are many historical buildings and landmarks, including Mount Roubidoux.

If you are looking for a day trip or quick weekend getaway, Riverside is just an hour or 2 from the desert (Palm Springs, Joshua Tree and Desert Hot Springs), the mountains (Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead) and various beaches (Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach).

With so many things to do you may wonder why you aren’t happy or satisfied with life.  Maybe you are doing too much and need some support.  That’s where I come in.  I am here to help you get from where you are to where you want to be.

There are also a lot of therapists, counselors and psychologists in Riverside.  I’d like to help you find someone who is a good fit for you.  What do I mean by fit?  It is important that you find someone that you feel comfortable with, someone that you can eventually open up to about all those things that make you feel inadequate or less than.  You need to feel safe being vulnerable.  You need to feel accepted rather than judged. 

Other important factors to consider are more logistical.  You need to make sure that their schedule matches yours.  You may find a therapist you love but if you work 9-5pm and they don’t offer evening or weekend appointments, it may not be a good fit.  Also, if finances play a major role in your decision, be sure to confirm their rates or whether they accept your specific insurance.  (More about that in my blog on therapy and finances) I hope this helps you enjoy Riverside a little bit more, as well as find a life changing therapist.  If you still feel stuck, you can reach out to me at 951-468-8255 and schedule a free 15-minute consultation.

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