Michelle R. Kobayashi
She/Her/HersLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Michelle R. Kobayashi is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and mindfulness coach located in Downtown Los Angeles, CA. She enjoys working with adults who would like to befriend themselves and work more skillfully with their emotions and other people. Michelle is trained to work with people hit with a tsunami of grief like the loss of a loved one, a partnership or a career. Michelle recognizes we have all experienced some level of dissatisfaction or trauma (with a small or big T). It's part of the human condition. Many of Michelle’s clients find themselves in painful relationships, suffering from a harsh inner critic and insecurities which may directly relate to their childhood or other past experiences. They can feel anxious or depressed and resort to prioritizing other people’s needs over their own, leaving them feeling drained and resentful.
Michelle practices evidence-based therapies like Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MCBT) and Compassion-Based Therapies and Gestalt to help clients build a strong, healthy relationship with themselves. Clients learn how to replace harsh self-judgments, instead replacing them with increasingly friendly self support. Michelle and her clients collaborate to customize their own unique ways to maintain and regain their emotional balance. Michelle creates an atmosphere in sessions that feels calm, warm, and welcoming. Clients can express their feelings and talk through their thoughts, ideas, and needs.
Michelle earned a Master’s degree from Antioch University. She has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field, and is passionate about working with p clients how to feel comfortable with who they are, Strengthen self-compassion in their daily lives, and replace loneliness with connection.
Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) - Recovering from the impact of long-term, repeated traumatic events, such as emotional abuse and neglect
Emotion regulation - Learning how to effectively manage the ups and downs of intense emotions; developing coping skills to use in a variety of settings to calm oneself and to give an appropriate amount of space to emotions
Mind-body connection - Practicing mindfulness to draw together how the body feels physically and how the mind feels mentally; healing both physically and mentally
Values clarification - Exploring one’s values, including their origins and how they impact daily decision-making and behaviors; making life changes according to these values and living a life aligned to one’s values
Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others
Michelle Kobayashi is not in-network with any insurances.
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It’s important to me that my clients can continue therapy as long as they feel it’s beneficial. Let’s talk about what you can comfortably afford for weekly, every other week, or perhaps monthly group classes or groups. Classes and support groups have their own unique benefits and are significantly lower cost at $45 per session. There is no cost for an introductory consultation. Let's set up a time to talk about what will work best for you.
Years of Experience: 13 years
Self, Singin’ In The Rain Therapy, 2016 - Present
The Gathering Place (Bereavement Program), Grief Group Facilitator and Individual Therapist, 2012 - 2020
Pacific MFT Network, Primary Therapist, 2016 - 2016
Cancer Support Community, Clinical Intern followed by employment as Therapist and Group Facilitator , 2010 - 2013
Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Elementary School Counselor, Grief and Mindfulness Group Facilitator & Individual Therapist, 2012 - 2013
Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles, Present Parenting Group Founder & Facilitator, 2009 - 2012
South Bay Human Service Center (severe substance abuse), MFT Clinical Trainee, 2008 - 2009
Self, Mom’s Listening Circle Founder & Facilitator (new mom support), 2000 - 2009
Antioch University, Los Angeles, Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Community Psychology, 2011