Call Us:  (323) 397-7324

John Howell, LMFT
Individual and Marriage Family Therapist in San Luis Obispo

Call Us:  (323) 397-7324

PPO insurance plans are accepted. Also, special pricing options are available for cash-paying clients.

It's my specialty to Help Individuals with Depression Live Happier and More Productive Lives.

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Psychotherapy Services for  Depression in San Luis Obispo

Psychotherapist, John Howell, LMFT



It is now estimated that about one in 10 Americans suffer from some form of depression each year, and that this chronic on-going sadness is the leading cause of disability for Americans between the ages of 15-44 years old. The majority of my individual clients are looking for help with depression related to divorce, trauma, family conflict, eating disorders, addictions and substance abuse. In therapy, clients learn to better manage their moods and emotions as well as move through the painful feelings associated with trauma, grief and loss. With a master's degree in psychology and nutrition, I specialize in resolving the underlying emotional and nutritional imbalances often associated with chronic mood disorders as well as the cravings of addiction.  


If you are suffering with depression or other mood disorders and looking to resolve these conditions, psychotherapy and the working through of unhealthy thoughts and emotions is important, but the value of nutrition and comprehensive self-care should not be ignored. The mind and body form a brilliant system, but when basic needs are not being met, symptoms call our attention to the problem like a messenger. Chronic, on-going mood disorders can then be seen as the body’s cry for help, with symptoms of anxiety and/or depression often pointing the way toward underlying emotional issues and/or deteriorating physical health.  The question then becomes do we listen?


With background in both psychology and nutrition, I listen, and use this training as well as functional diagnostic testing (saliva, blood and urine) if necessary to offer clients of all ages a more comprehensive view of their problems, and then work with them to restore a sense of balance and purpose in their lives. My approach to mental health care is integrative and person-centered, and my goal is to understand and resolve the underlying condition, not just mask or manipulate the symptoms. With a greater awareness of how mind, body and mood are interrelated, therapy then becomes an opportunity to promote a more enduring emotional as well as physical well-being.