Max  Maisel

Max Maisel


Psychologist, PhD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Redondo Beach Accepting In-person
Updated May 11, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Stress management
  • Mindfulness
  • Depression
  • Young adult mental health

Professional statement

Dr. Max Maisel is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Redondo Beach. Dr. Maisel offers morning, daytime, evening, and weekend appointments. He sees clients in person or through teletherapy when appropriate. He specializes in using mindfulness and other evidence-based therapeutic approaches to help people heal from anxiety disorders, overwhelming stress, OCD, and depression. His approach is gentle, warm, and active in the therapy room. In addition to his private practice, he does contract work for residential treatment facilities to provide anxiety and OCD treatment to clients needing more specialized help. He is also passionate about providing training seminars and supervision to psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Maisel takes an integrative approach to therapy, and will tailor the treatment to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual client. He has extensive experience utilizing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Self-Compassion, and Interpersonal Therapy. His approach aims to help clients change their relationship with negative thinking patterns and painful emotions in the service of building a rich and meaningful life. For clients with OCD or panic disorder, treatment will typically be integrated with exposure and response prevention (ERP), which is considered the "gold standard" therapeutic modality for OCD and panic.

Dr. Maisel has worked with diverse clients across many different settings, including university counseling centers, medical clinics, and hospitals. He has trained at sites which value multiculturalism and diversity, and he acknowledges the importance of his client's intersecting identities and unique family and cultural backgrounds. He values meeting people where they are and appreciates holding space for the complexity and uncertainty in life.

Message to clients

Your anxiety is like an opponent who knows you well, and is skilled at keeping you stuck. When you have anxiety or OCD, what feels like the right thing to do usually makes us feel even worse in the long-term. I will help you gain insight into the ways anxiety is misleading you and teach you methods to gain the upper hand. There are so many different helpful tools, such as learning mindfulness skills to step outside of negative thinking spirals, changing the way you experience uncomfortable sensations in your body, and practicing ways to empower yourself by gently and systematically facing your fears. I have years of experience helping people overcome their anxious suffering. In addition to working with hundreds of clients, I have published research on anxiety treatment in peer-reviewed journals and have attended numerous workshops, conferences, and trainings. In our work together, you’ll gain a deep understand of the brain’s role in maintaining your anxiety symptoms, and how to access parts of your brain that will promote healing and relief. You’ll learn how to change your relationship with worry, panic, and anxiety for good, so they no longer hold you back from living the life that you want.


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

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

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

Young adult 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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Lyra Health

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $250 (50min)
  • Initial session: $250 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

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

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


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 7:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Wed 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat 7:00am-1:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Redondo Beach practice
511 Torrance Blvd, Suite 106, Redondo Beach, California 90277
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 7:00am-5:30pm
  • Tue 8:00am-9:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-9:00pm
  • Thu 7:00am-5:30pm
  • Fri 7:00am-5:30pm
  • Sat 8:00am-11:00am
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, Clinical Psychologist, 2019 - Present
Straight Up Treatment, Anxiety Therapist, 2020 - Present
LMU's Student Psychological Services, 2018 - 2019
CSUN's University Counseling Services, 2017 - 2018
VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, 2016 - 2017
Utah Valley Pain Management, 2016 - 2017
BYU Counseling and Psychological Services, 2015 - 2016
BYU Comprehensive Clinic, 2013 - 2016
Utah Psychological Services, 2014 - 2015
Timpanogos Testing and Psychological Services, 2013 - 2014

Brigham Young University, PhD, 2018
Brigham Young University, MS, 2016
University of California Santa Cruz, BA, 2011


California: PSY31101



Client testimonials

"Dr. Maisel was very insightful and clear on next steps."
- Zencare client • September 2020


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