Cathryn Leff,PhD, LMFT

Cathryn Leff,PhD, LMFT

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
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: Fees are based on length of session. See my website here for information on insurance and my rates: https:soaringhighcounseling.comrates-and-insurance
Evening Availability


29291 Providence Rd
Temecula, California 92591

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My Approach to Helping

I take a collaborative approach in working with couples and 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 about 8% of the success of therapy. 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.

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 can be helpful. I help adolescents through the maze of their feelings so they learn to avoid self-destructive ways of expressing themselves.

More Info About My Practice

I offer indoor or outdoor therapy at my home office. See pictures of my outdoor office in the picture section. It has worked great over the last two years due to COVID. Mostly indoor now because of the cold weather.

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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Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


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Groups I Work With

    I can help couples with communication and infidelity issues move through the pain with healing and growth, to create the relationship they have always dreamed my view, relationships need regular check-ups, just like our bodies. I utilize The Gottman Method and have over 22 years of experience in working with parents, children and families. I also work with teens who engage in self-harm, and I offer an 8-week anger management program for both adults and teens.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anger
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Family Problems
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Harm

Types of Therapy

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