Michelle R. Kobayashi

Michelle R. Kobayashi


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Waitlist Online
East And Downtown Los Angeles Waitlist In-person
Updated February 28, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)
  • Emotion regulation
  • Mind-body connection
  • Values clarification
  • Perfectionism

Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

It is possible to unburden yourself from your past and enjoy your life and relationships now, in the present. My wish for you is to befriend yourself and learn to become your own therapist.

It’s helpful to have a compassionate listener who is on your side and in your corner. But I don’t just listen. I’ll engage and challenge you — in a caring, sometimes playful way. People need to earn your trust and that includes me. We’ll begin with getting to know each other, experimenting to find skills that work for you to befriend yourself and your body, identify your triggers, regulate your emotions and calm your nervous system when you get off balance and reactive.

The past only matters when it negatively impacts the present. We can sift through messages and values from your family, peers and the larger culture to uncover your own values, beliefs and what leads to happiness for you. Insight rarely becomes behavior change though. So I'll support and guide you through honoring your true self in your daily life and relationships.


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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients


Michelle Kobayashi is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $225 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $225
  • Initial session: $225 (60min)
  • Group sessions: $45 (90min)
  • Mindfulness Coaching: $75 (25min)
  • Mindfulness Coaching: $100 (60min)

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
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

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.


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10am-7:00pm
  • Wed 10am-7:00pm
  • Thu 10am-7:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 9:00am-Noon
  • Sun Closed

East And Downtown Los Angeles practice
ROW DTLA, 777 South Alameda Street, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, California 90021
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon By appointment
  • Tue 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 10am-5pm
  • Sat By Appointment
  • Sun By Appointment

Work and Education

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


California: 91072