Schedule with Gregory

Gregory Whiteford, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #LMFT-135097
(619) 332-4448

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with three decades of experience working in the mental health field, counseling adults, teens and children, individuals and couples, as well as groups. I realize the decision to pursue therapy is not an easy one. If your search has led you to this point, perhaps you’d be willing to come a little further and allow me to come alongside you on your therapeutic journey so you can start living your best and most authentic life now and see yourself become the person God created you to be.

Carlsbad – Mon & Wed
San Diego – Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu & Sat
Online Counseling – Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, & Sat

Having worked in the mental health field for thirty years, I have learned that the most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home. I believe that God equips each of us with gifts to face the challenges in this life as we prepare for what comes next. Therapy can be an essential part of that preparation. Whether you’re looking for support related to anxiety, depression, alcohol or substance use, relationship issues, trauma, counseling for children or teens, or other concerns, I would be honored and humbled to join you on your therapeutic journey as we find the best solutions for your situation, with God’s help.

My Goal as a Christian Counselor

My goal as a Christian Counselor is to help you heal from the pain and suffering you have experienced so you can start living and enjoying your best life now. The Bible says, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). It is never too late to start seeing yourself the way God sees you and realize that each passing moment is just another opportunity to turn it all around. God does not make mistakes and He can take any mess of a situation, including the ones we may have participated in making, and help us clean it up in a way that restores our lives with peace, joy, and fulfillment.

What I Offer in Christian Counseling

I offer a supportive, encouraging, biblical approach from a faith-based perspective in order to help you face life’s challenges and problems head on. Aside from Jesus, I have never known a perfect person, nor do I claim to be one, but I am blessed to know the Lord and believe that His plans for our lives are the best we will ever find. Whether we were born into circumstances or situations that we would not have wished upon our worst enemy, or repeatedly made a mess of our own lives, God can save us from any battle through the love, mercy, and forgiveness displayed by His Son, Jesus; a model that we can all aspire to emulate as He brings peace, healing, and happiness to our lives.

My Approach to Christian Counseling

My approach to Christian counseling is based upon the servant leadership model of Jesus. While I have extensively studied a variety of approaches from both the fields of Psychology and Religion, I have come to believe that the best approach to helping and counseling others is to incorporate an eclectic strategy that utilizes interventions from an array of perspectives and best practices designed and tailored to each individual client based upon meeting them where they currently are and attempting to learn and understand where they desire to go, guided as much or as little by the Lord as their conscience and comfort level allows during each session. As it says in the Bible, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Focus Areas

  • Abandonment and Neglect
  • ADHD
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Alcohol Use Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chemical Dependency (Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders)
  • Counseling for Children
  • Counseling for Teens
  • Couples Counseling
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Family Counseling
  • Grief, Loss and Complicated Bereavement
  • Group Counseling
  • Homicidal Thoughts and Ideation (HI)
  • Individual Counseling
  • Infidelity and Affairs
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Men’s Issues
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • Online Counseling
  • Personal Development
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Professional Development
  • Relationship Issues
  • Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB)
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Suicidal Thoughts and Ideation (SI)
  • Sex and Porn Addiction
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spiritual Development
  • Trauma

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