Michelle  Payton

Michelle Payton


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Practice: My Mental Climb Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Updated February 13, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma
  • Mind-body connection

Professional statement

Michelle is pleased to offer her professional services to individuals on their journey towards mental well-being. As a dedicated Licensed Clinical Social Worker, her commitment centers on overcoming anxiety and depression by unraveling emotional roots. Regardless of traumas faced, Michelle is dedicated to empowering her clients, guiding them through their therapeutic process.

A distinguishing facet of Michelle's methodology lies in her nuanced integration of expertise as a certified personal trainer. Acknowledging the inherent connection between mental and physical well-being, she adeptly guides individuals towards positive changes. With an extensive background spanning various mental health contexts, including Outpatient treatment, Residential Treatment, Correctional Mental Health, and School-Based Programs, Michelle brings a wealth of experience and insight to her therapeutic collaborations.

Michelle's areas of specialization span anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma/PTSD, and identity issues, with a dedicated focus on LGBTQI+ concerns. Leveraging six years of experience as a certified personal trainer, she addresses not only mental health matters but also navigates adeptly through issues related to food, diet, and weight.

In addition to her comprehensive expertise, Michelle extends the convenience of telehealth services throughout California, ensuring accessibility by offering services on Saturdays and during the week.

In the context of the therapeutic journey, Michelle places a paramount emphasis on individualized care. Her approach is rooted in client-centered principles, enriched by evidence-based techniques such as Seeking Safety, Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Logotherapy. Collaboratively chart a course towards meaningful, achievable goals that align with your envisioned life path. Michelle is poised to facilitate a transformative journey, guiding you towards a more resilient and empowered version of yourself, eagerly anticipating the privilege of embarking on this professional therapeutic alliance with you.

Message to clients

Hello, and thank you for considering embarking on this therapeutic journey with me. Before we begin, it's essential to understand that my dedication to your well-being is unwavering. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in diverse mental health contexts, I bring a wealth of experience to our collaboration. My commitment is to help you navigate through challenges, whether related to anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, or identity issues.

I believe in a holistic approach, integrating my expertise as a certified personal trainer to address both mental and physical well-being. Before our sessions commence, it's crucial to know that my goal is not just to guide you through overcoming hurdles but also to empower you to embrace positive changes. Together, we will explore evidence-based techniques, tailoring our approach to your unique needs. Sessions are available through convenient telehealth services, ensuring accessibility throughout California, with flexibility including Saturdays and weekdays.

My hope is that this therapeutic alliance becomes a transformative journey for you. Let's collaboratively set meaningful, achievable goals aligned with your envisioned life path. I eagerly anticipate the privilege of supporting and guiding you towards a more resilient and empowered version of yourself.


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

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

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Mind-body connection - Practicing mindfulness to draw together how the body feels physically and how the mind feels mentally; healing both physically and mentally


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


Michelle Payton 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: $190 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $180 - $190


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 9am - 11am, 6pm-8pm
  • Tue 9am - 11am, 6pm-8pm
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu 9am - 11am, 6pm-8pm
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 5 years

My Mental Climb, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 2023 - Present
County of Orange Health Care Agency, Behavioral Health Clinician, 2021 - 2024
Western Youth Services, Temporary Clinician , 2019 - 2020

California State University of Fullerton, Master of Social Work, 2019
Chapman University, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2017


California: 114078