Clarke  Heyes

Clarke Heyes

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT PhD, Education
California Waitlist Online
Mission Valley Not Accepting In-person
Updated September 2, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Couples counseling
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Autism spectrum disorder

Professional statement

Clarke Heyes is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA who specializes in helping clients navigate anxiety, depression, and identity development. Additionally, Clarke works with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); prior to opening his private practice, he worked as the Lead Therapist at the San Diego Center for Children and as an Autism Behavior Consultant for the El Cajon Valley School District. Clarke is trained in Narrative and Solution Focused therapy, two therapeutic and evidence-based approaches that are strength-based and that focus on developing unique treatment plans tailored to the specific challenges of each client. Clarke is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), a therapy model specifically designed to work with traumatic experiences, anxiety, and depression.

In addition to his work with individual clients, Clarke also welcomes couples to his practice. He works from the lens of Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), a structured, shorter-term modality that helps couples examine and replace unhelpful habits related to their interactions with one another.

Clarke is a former lecturer for the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at San Diego State University. A proud graduate of the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program at SDSU, he received his doctorate through the Joint Doctoral Program in Education offered by SDSU and Claremont Graduate University.

In his free time, Clarke takes advantage of life on the beautiful San Diego coast. He has a long-time passion for SCUBA diving and sailing, both of which he enjoys with friends and family. He and his dogs often kayak through the coves and bays in SD County.

Message to clients

I believe that people have at least some knowledge about the problem or reason that brings them to therapy and also have in their possession a bag of tricks necessary to live the life that they want to live.

I see my role as helping my clients look at the problem, unearth their individual skills and abilities, and try on the possibility that could be the life that they want to live.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

Autism spectrum disorder - Support understanding the diagnosis and related challenges and strengths; skill-building in areas of daily routine, transitions, coping with overwhelming sensory experiences, social skills, and emotion identification and regulation


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Clarke Heyes is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $120 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $75 - $120
  • Initial session: $120 (50min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Mission Valley practice
8885 Rio San Diego Drive, Suite 365, San Diego, California 92108
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Online Therapy (CA)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 8am-11am
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 2018 - Present
Family Wellness Counselor (Advanced Therapies for Autism), 2019 - Present
San Diego Center for Children Family Wellness Center, Lead Therapist and Behavior Supervisor, 2015 - 2019

Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University, Ph.D.
San Diego State University, MS, Counseling
Eckerd College, BS, Psychology and Environmental Studies