Cathryn Leff, LMFT
|Professions: Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy, Psychology|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: LMFT - 33119|
Billing and Insurance
I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage
Fees: $125 per 50 minute session
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I take a collaborative approach in working with individuals. The therapeutic relationship determines whether or not therapy is successful, as well as the motivation of the client. Research has shown that theories and techniques account for 8%. Developing a trusting non-judgmental relationship is key. However, working with couples is a little bit different because the client is the relationship, not the individuals in the room. If I feel one party would benefit from individual counseling regarding a particular issue, I will refer that party to an individual therapist. I utilize the Gottman method in working with couples because it's the only marital therapy that is evidence-based.
My work with children involves play and art therapy because these methods help children express their feelings when words cannot. Children generally look forward to therapy sessions with me because they feel my warmth and compassion for them. As sessions progress and children gain trust, more and more is revealed in their play, giving me the opportunity to help them work through difficult feelings.
A big part of my practice is in working with adolescents. They are a fun group to work with because they are the most open and honest. Adolescence can be a difficult time for some teens, but also an exciting time for growth and learning about the world and themselves. Some teens can become overwhelmed with feelings and not know how to express themselves in helpful ways. This is where therapy come into play. I help adolescents through the maze of their feelings so they learn to avoid self-destructive ways of expressing themselves.
Email or Call Cathryn Leff, LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 20395
More Info About My Practice
I provide clients with a Superbill to submit to their insurance company for reimbursement. Please call me in regards to fees and additional information.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I work well with adolescents who engage in self-injurious behaviors. After building rapport and trust, a thorough assessment is taken where the adolescents complete the Deliberate Self-harm Inventory (DSHI). From there, the adolescent is given a workbook with weekly assignments to help him or her identify feelings and express them in a more healthy and helpful manner. Family therapy is often included with the goal of assisting the adolescent in their progress.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
The length of therapy depends on the issue and the client's motivation. I see some clients for as few as five sessions, and others for several years. Therapy is generally completed when the client has maintained his or her treatment goals for a period of time, and feels there is nothing further to work on at this point in time. Termination of treatment is a collaborative effort over a few sessions.
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Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Adolescents who engage in self-injurious behaviors; Anger Management; couples experiencing infidelity.
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