Hi! My name is Jerry and I am a licensed CBT certified therapist in California specializing in individual therapy. For over 25 years, I have helped teens and young adults from diverse backgrounds navigate the challenges they face. I became a psychotherapist because therapy is not only a powerful instrument of healing, but also a catalyst for growth and change. Now, as a CBT certified therapist, I am passionate about helping young adults develop into the best version of themselves and guiding them to success in their relationships, careers, and in life.

I primarily work with young adults on treating depression and anxiety and other common issues like relationship problems, career issues, dating issues, men’s issues, cultural issues, purpose and identity, self-esteem, phase-of-life transitions, LGBQT relationships, trauma, grief, and anger.

I understand the many modern-life challenges that young adults today face. I understand the roller coaster of emotions and expectations that come with transitioning into early adulthood. The daily stress of making it through high school and then college. The pressure of choosing the right career. The confusion, frustration, or uncertainty of trying to navigate modern romantic relationships. The ups and downs of being single whether by choice or not. The realities of starting a family. Dealing with problematic relationships at work. Young adults deal with not only the pressure of becoming independent and successful in this society, but the expectation (and pressure) of always living up to other people’s standards, or their own. Over time, all this pressure can take a toll on one’s emotional health and affect our sense of Self, leaving us feeling stuck, down, or lost. Sometimes “Fake it ‘til you make it” only takes us so far.

My goal is to help you navigate these challenges with confidence, clarity, and a strong sense of personal purpose while pursuing your goals. While you and your situation are unique, I specifically utilize Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and other related therapies that focus on your Healing, Growth, and lead to Lasting Change.

My Counseling Style

We start by exploring the areas of your life where you’re feeling stuck or lost. Then throughout our work together, you will:

  • Define your values and goals – not just what you want out of therapy, but what you want out of life based on your authentic self and who you want to be.
  • Learn CBT techniques that help you understand your inner experience and how that shapes your outer experience.
  • Learn the skills to identify and let go or change the self-limiting beliefs and thoughts that hold you back.
  • Discover how to handle difficult feelings and emotions through planned experiential exercises so that you can respond to situations more effectively and congruently with who you want to be.
  • Use what you learned in session to create a clear action plan that helps you achieve your goals outside of session.

By the end of our work together, you’ll have the self-understanding and skills to live with confidence and pursue your best life. And be your own therapist!

I provide therapy using private and secure virtual video sessions so that you can receive the support you need from the comfort and convenience of your own personal space.

Remember, there are people who do care and things can get better. If you’re ready to begin working on yourself and your best life, reach out to me. I’d love to hear your story. We’ll start with a FREE brief video consultation to make sure we’re a good fit. I also speak and write fluently in Spanish.



B.A. in English from California State University, Stanislaus (Turlock, CA.)

M.A. in School Counseling from CSU Stanislaus (Turlock, CA.)

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California (LPCC 6283)

Beck Institute CBT Certified Clinician (Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy)

Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF #14284)

Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider (BC-TMH #1761)

Pupil Personnel Services Credential in California (PPSC #170046953)


Jerry Ochoa, LPCC, BICBT-CC
CBT Certified Clinician

JerryOchoa@ElevateLifeCounseling.com 209-985-6332

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