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Michael StephensLMFT

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In Pacific Time

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What’s the most profound, insightful, or interesting thing you’ve learned as a mental health professional?

Perhaps the most profound insight I have come to realize and accept working with clients with diverse backgrounds and complex issues is that the only thing I know for sure, is that I do not know anything for sure. This insight helps me to sit with another without too quickly jumping to conclusions or judging. It helps me to keep an open mind and to foster tolerance and humility.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

I work in a collaborative and person-centered manner. Applied interventions are designed to empower clients through a strength-based focus. A primary goal is to help clients reactivate previous responses to adversity that helped them restore a sense of ease and balance in their life. I sometimes help clients to reframe their challenges to drawn attention away from self-imposed limitations towards potential present and future possibilities.

In what ways have your personal experiences influenced your work with your clients?

My past learning and experience as well as years of companioning clients in need helps me work effectively and empathetically in moments of difficulty and struggle. As a facilitator/guide who continually strives to maintain an open mind, I am able to offer, for consideration, alternative perspectives, ways of engaging challenging situations, and possible courses of action to take that lead to resolution and/or accommodation in a safe and supportive environment.

Specialties

Depression

Loss/Grief

Caregiver stress & support

Life transitions

Cancer Support

General Expertise

Anxiety

Work Stress

Relationship Issues

Race & Cultural Identity

Aging related concerns

Chronic illness

Chronic pain

Codependency

Fees

First Session$150
Family Therapy$150
Couples Therapy$150
Individual Therapy$150

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Couples Session

Individual Session

Clientele

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Existential Therapy

Humanistic Therapy

Integrative Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Transpersonal Therapy

Training / Certifications

LMFT License #42307

Licensure

  • California, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 42307

Education

MPH - Masters in Public Health, Population health, UC Berkeley

MA - Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University

Work History

I focus on mental health challenges associated with major change and transition, especially those related to caregiving, life limiting or chronic illness, end of life, dying, and death. I have worked with both large and small health organizations and hospitals serving patients, caregivers, and loved ones through home health services, hospice, and in skilled nursing facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions About Michael Stephens, LMFT

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Michael Stephens, LMFT, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Michael Stephens accepting new clients?

Yes, Michael Stephens is accepting new clients.

Does Michael Stephens accept insurance?

No, Michael Stephens does not accept insurance.

What types of therapy does Michael Stephens offer?

Michael Stephens offers therapy for couples, families and individuals.

Does Michael Stephens offer in-person appointments?

No, but people in California can book Michael Stephens for virtual appointments (teletherapy).

Does Michael Stephens offer online therapy?

Yes, Michael Stephens offers online therapy to people in California.

How quickly can I see Michael Stephens?

Michael Stephens typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Michael Stephens speak?

Michael Stephens conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Michael Stephens online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Michael Stephens online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.