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Mike Lysaght

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics-BDSM / Kink Aware Practice-Polyamory / Open Relationships-College & graduate student mental health-Caregiver stress & support-

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Professional statement

Mike holds a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California (MFC77671) and in Colorado (MFT.0001669). He specializes in working with the LGBTQIA community - specifically those individuals or couples (or other configuration) who seek out non-judgemental space to explore and understand their gender identity, sexual orientation, BDSM identity or relationship structure. Additionally, Mike's experience in collegiate mental health gives him a unique perspective to assist young adults with questions around college, career, relationships and challenges with motivation, social pressure and personal expectations. Caregivers who are looking to gather support for coping with a family member recently diagnosed with a mental health condition can benefit from a space to openly discuss their concerns.

Mike utilizes a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy to help clients better understand their challenges, and a compassionate, communicative approach to helping couples and families feel heard.

Mike is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), Gaylesta: The Gay and Lesbian Therapists Association of Northern California, and Bay Area Open Minds. He has experience in both public and private schools, hospitals, community health clinics and private practice throughout Northern California.

Message to clients

I trust that you bring an expertise and understanding of your experience into the room. I work with you to normalize your experience, and find additional skills to add to your toolbox. Perhaps you are an individual, relationship or family in need of a supportive hand on your journey of self-discovery. I work with college students struggling to stay motivated, early-career young adults struggling with impostor syndrome, individuals exploring sexual and gender identities, and relationships in need of improved communication.

I have an active approach, where I ask questions and encourage you to move "one level down" in order to more fully understand your capacity, your motives and your worth. I work well with clients who appreciate being challenged, validated and held accountable for change they'd most like to see in their lives.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 17 years

Michael Lysaght, LMFT, LMFT; Self-Employed
San Francisco State University, Mental Health Case Manager
Pacific Collegiate School, College Counselor (Director Level)
Amy Powell, LMFT, Private Practice Internship
City of Fremont; Youth Family Services, Clinic Intern
Archbishop Mitty High School, College Counselor
Adolescent Counseling Services / Palo Alto HS, Counseling Trainee

University of San Francisco, MA, Counseling Psychology, 2007
Santa Clara University, BA, English, 2005


California: MFC77671 - Colorado: MFT.0001669 - Florida: MT4318 - Nevada: 4268-R - Oregon: T2081




LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges. I receive specialized consultation in the area of transgender care, and am versed in serving the transgender community.

BDSM / Kink Aware Practice - Having a kink-aware therapist means: Not having to teach me about terms, practices or relationship structures. Knowing that I won’t blame your concerns on your sexual expression or number of partners. Having your sexual expression and openness embraced as part of your identity. Having someone to help find the words for your exact needs in relationship.

Polyamory / Open Relationships - Having a poly-aware therapist means: Having a therapist well-versed in jealousy and jealousy-management. Knowing that your relationship concerns won't be blamed on your relationship structure or number of partners. Knowing that you can explore yourself as someone who might identify with or be fulfilled by more than one relationship in your life.

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, shared living (dorm, apartment), homesickness, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, and anxiety and/or depression.

Caregiver stress & support - Coping with anxiety, stress, fatigue, and burnout related to caring for a loved one, particularly a loved one who struggles with a persistent mental health concern (Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD); balancing the needs of others with one's own needs and health


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

Locations & Hours


  • Lyra Health (in-network in CA, CO, NV)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$175 (50min)
  • Sliding scale:$150 - $175
  • Initial session:$175 (50min)
  • Couples sessions:$200 (50min)
  • Family sessions:$200 (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
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
  • IvyPay
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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