Michael  Ames
Zencare Vetted

Michael Ames

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
California Not Accepting Online
Culver City Not Accepting In-person

Currently, I'm not available for new clients.

This therapist is currently not accepting new clients. Find available California therapists on Zencare.

Updated January 7, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Work stress
  • Relationships
  • Family issues
  • Aging related concerns

Professional statement

Michael Ames is a therapist specializing in helping adults, couples, teens, and families who are dealing with stress, emotional problems, and relationship issues. He provides a safe and warm environment in which clients are encouraged to discuss their issues openly and honestly.

Michael also works with elderly adults who are struggling with aging issues. He provides individual therapy for adults who have job-related stress, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. His office is located in Culver City next to West LA. The clients he treats say that he has a warm and caring personality and that he has their best interests in mind.

Michael helps people learn new coping skills to deal with life's most difficult challenges. In couples therapy, he help clients learn how to communicate their feelings so they are heard and understood by their partner.

He provides a safe, comfortable setting that allows clients to explore their issues and quickly find solutions. Each client is encouraged to formulate specific goals that lead to positive change. Michael helps clients discover their unique gifts and strengths.


Message to clients

I encourage potential clients to meet with me for one to three sessions to see if we're a good fit. I will help you identify specific goals that you want to achieve from therapy.


Specialties

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

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

Work stress - Managing overwhelming stress and expectations; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health; addressing challenging relationships with coworkers and bosses

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

Aging related concerns - Coping with memory loss, loss of independence, and other physical and/or mental impacts of aging. May include support for family or caregivers and resource planning for changes in living situation




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Loyola Marymount University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Medicare
  • Occidental College Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)
  • Pomona College Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • United Healthcare
  • University of California Davis Student Health Insurance (Anthem Blue Cross)
  • University of California Irvine Student Health Insurance (Anthem Blue Cross)
  • University of California Los Angeles Student Health Insurance (Anthem Blue Cross)
  • University of California Merced Student Health Insurance (Anthem Blue Cross)
  • University of California Riverside Student Health Insurance (Anthem Blue Cross)
  • University of California San Diego Student Health Insurance (Anthem Blue Cross)
  • University of California Santa Barbara Student Health Insurance (Anthem Blue Cross)
  • University of California Santa Cruz Student Health Insurance (Anthem Blue Cross)
  • University of Southern California Student Health Insurance (Aetna)

Michael Ames is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $130 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $120 - $130
  • Initial session: $150 (60min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
Therapist's note

Michael also accepts Managed Health Network as a form of payment/insurance for sessions.


Location(s)

Culver City practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am-5:00pm
  • Tue 9am-5:00pm
  • Wed 9am--5:00pm
  • Thu 9am-5:00pm
  • Fri 9am-5:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (California)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9 am-6:00pm
  • Tue 9:00 am-6:00pm
  • Wed 1:00pm-6:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 9 am-6:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-1:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 1996 - Present


Languages

English


Client testimonials

"Michael was amazing, awesome, and a good man."
- Zencare client • July 2021