Michelle Chong Psychotherapy

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

- George Bernard Shaw

 
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About Me

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Michelle Chong, MA, MFT, License #105327

My family has been in Los Angeles for three generations.  I love Los Angeles for its diverse and rich culture. Growing up, I also spent a lot of time in the Uinta and Wasatch Mountains, and gained a deep appreciation for nature and our environment. When I get tired of the city hustle and traffic, I enjoy a respite out in the high desert or somewhere along the coast by the water.

I went to college in Seattle and studied forestry, conservation, and photography.  I earned a BFA in Art and Environmental Studies. I also have an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. And I received my MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles.

I’ve worked in a community mental health clinic with adults, couples, families, and teen groups. I’ve also worked for a public mental health agency serving vulnerable youth and families, doing field work in schools and homes. I am very passionate about supporting my community, especially marginalized and underrepresented groups.

 

How I May Help You

What is therapy?

I provide 50-minute sessions where we can talk about any issues in your life you feel need some special attention. Typically, we will meet once a week, but we can tailor it to meet your needs. We will discuss and explore the issues to gain insight and draw a fuller picture about the problems. We will explore where the problems come from, how they are showing up in your life, and develop specific ways to confront them. We will work towards re-authoring your story, the way you prefer it to be. 

How does therapy work?

Together, we will establish goals and figure out ways to meet them. We can track your progress, as well as adjust and work through obstacles that come up along the way. Therapy is work, and together, we can work towards sustainable, meaningful change and personal growth. 

 
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Approaches

Narrative Postmodern Therapy

I work from a non-judgmental and compassionate approach. I am curious about your life, your narrative, and what things you give value to. I am interested in understanding context and acknowledging external influences and factors. I incorporate solution-focused and strength-based methods which call upon your unique abilities and talents, and highlight your achievements and successes to build off of.

It is the story of self-narrative that determines the shape of the expression of our lived experience.
— Michael White, Re-Authoring Lives

Mindfulness

If we find it useful, we can discuss and practice mindfulness techniques during our sessions. There may be some benefits of practicing these techniques to reduce stress, reduce anxiety, improve sleeping, and become more aware of the mind-body connection. I am happy to share various grounding exercises as well as provide guided meditations. 

The stars we are given. The constellations we make. That is to say, stars exist in the cosmos, but constellations are the imaginary lines we draw between them, the readings we give the sky, the stories we tell.
— Rebecca Solnit, Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics

Areas of Focus

Depression

Anxiety

Relationships

LGBTQ

Life Transitions

Career Issues

Creativity Issues

Adolescents

Couple's Therapy

Group Therapy for Artists, Writers, Performers

 
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Rates

Sessions are 50 minutes. My fee is $150 per session, and $200 for couples. I offer some sliding scale spots as well. I do not accept insurance, however, I am happy to provide a superbill for insurance reimbursement.

I have evening and weekend times available. 

Contact

For a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if we are a good fit, please call/text (707) 622-6698, email michellechong.mft@gmail.com, or use this form to reach me. 

My office is located at 1849 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025. There is plenty of free street parking on side streets, and metered parking on Sawtelle.

I look forward to connecting with you!

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