Rates & Info

Dr. Ruth Houston Barrett PhD, LMFT — “Dr. Ruthie”

Sea-Change Marriage & Family Therapy —                                                     at the corner of Catalina Ave. & Ave. I in Riviera Village

1611 S. Catalina Ave., Suite L43, Redondo Beach, CA 90254  

Text or call:   (310) 995-9356 

E-mail:  Ruth@SeaChangeMFT.com

Therapy options include private in-office sessions, as well as diverse options to flexibly meet your needs; these include home-based, e-mail-based, phone-based, and “walk & talk” therapy (a client favorite). 

Catalina and Ave I

Day, evening, and weekend hours—Yes!

Rates: $250 per sessionsessions are longer at 60 to 80 min as needed!  Unlike most other therapists whose standard sessions are 45 to 50 minutes, I feel that our time together should not be rushed, and it should have an organically felt ending point. This luxury makes a big difference to the therapy experience. Additionally, research tells us that for couples, such longer sessions are far more effective!

My rates are consistent with Doctoral-Level Marriage & Family Therapists.  

I do also have a few spots offered on a sliding scale for clients who have difficulty affording therapy services. My goal is to provide effective, excellent services to the South Bay community, my home town.

First session—extra time, no added charge: It is important to feel comfortable and that you and your therapist are a good fit. The flexibility of a longer first session can help ensure we accomplish these and other important goals as we begin to work together.  Many people appreciate feeling there is plenty of time to “tell me everything” so that I can really understand where you are starting from.  The added time allows us to thoroughly explore goals for therapy, the format and number of sessions, and to address any crisis issues.  I have been doing it this way for over a dozen years, and it highly benefits my clients.

Discounts for session packs—Yes!: I now offer discounts for prepaid session packages, from my regular rate of $250 paid on the day of services. 

 Pack of:  Discounted Session Rate  Discount  Savings per Session  Savings for Pack  Cost of Pack 
1 session, prepaid the previous week $240 4% $10 $10 $240
4 sessions $230 8% $20 $80 $920
8 sessions $220 12% $30 $240 $1760
12 sessions $210 16% $40 $480 $2520

Financing—Yes!: Sometimes needs are urgent in the short term, and it is most helpful to have several sessions early on, then taper off as good progress is made. This can create a financial burden or inconvenience at the beginning. Sensitive to this issue for my clients, I have set up a payment system via Paypal that includes financing options.

Insurance: I am not on any insurance panels; I am a private-pay provider. 

Insurance companies have rules that limit session lengths (45-52 minutes), require a diagnosis, have other limitations, and may compromise privacy.  Many people prefer to avoid this and pay privately.  I will work with you to create the plan you prefer.

If your insurance is a PPO, I can prepare a superbill for reimbursement—a simple explanation of superbills is given at: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_superbill  

Free underground parking—Yes!  Enter from Catalina Ave. (on the right side of the photo above).

Credit cards—Yes! via a “card swipe” in my office  or via Paypal (to Ruth@SeaChangeMFT.com)


The view outside our building — since my office is just steps from the beach, it can be uplifting and revitalizing to spend time before, during, or after a session strolling or meditating on a bench, perhaps communing with dolphins and whales and always the power of the sea, which inspired the name Sea-Change!

Beach near officeSea Change Logo, with the i fixed, from Custom 1 Printing