Michelle R. Kobayashi
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Michelle R. Kobayashi


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
California Accepting Online
East And Downtown Los Angeles Accepting In-person
Updated May 30, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

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

Professional statement

Michelle Kobayashi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and mindfulness coach located in Los Angeles, CA. Michelle enjoys working with adults who would like to process through the grief they’ve held onto since childhood, the grief that they did not receive the love and attention they needed when they were growing up. Many of Michelle’s clients find themselves stuck in conflict with others, which may directly relate to their past experiences of neglect. They also feel anxious and resort to people pleasing tendencies, prioritizing other people’s needs over their own, leaving them feeling fatigued.

Michelle practices evidence-based therapies like Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MCBT) and Compassion-Based Therapy to help clients build strong, healthy patterns. Clients learn how to avoid cognitive distortions like assumptions and self-judgments, instead replacing them with positive, affirming thoughts. They also learn from Michelle how to let themselves off the hook for their mistakes, forgiving themselves for not being perfect. 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 teaching clients how to feel comfortable with who they are and implement self-compassion strategies in their daily lives.


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

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


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 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $225
  • Group sessions: $30 (60min)
  • Mindfulness Coaching: $75 (25min)
  • Mindfulness Coaching: $150 (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
  • Credit Card
  • Venmo
  • 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 finances if that's a concern.


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 Closed
  • Tue 10am-7:00pm
  • Wed 10am-7:00pm
  • Thu 10am-7:00pm
  • Fri 10am-5pm
  • Sat 9am-1pm
  • Sun Closed

East And Downtown Los Angeles practice
ROW DTLA, 777 South Alameda Street, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, California 90021
Accepting new clients 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: 12 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