Schedule An Appointment

Times: Day and late evening hours – Yes!

I meet with clients Monday-Friday, 11 am to 11 pm.

A big plus: my Super Effective almost double-length sessions: the first session is an hour and a half, and sessions after that are 60 to 75 minutes (compare this to the standard of 45-52 min). Studies have demonstrated that these longer sessions are highly cost- and time-effective, making them a wise choice for my clients who want to get better faster.

Therapy options include private in-office sessions, as well as phone-based, home-based (+$80 travel fee), email-based, and “Walk & Talk” therapy at the beach, which is a block away.

How does it work? We generally meet once per week for a few weeks, depending on the situation and goals. In a crisis, it can be a good idea to meet more frequently, even daily. As things progress, we may decide to space out sessions to every 2 or 3 weeks. Most commonly, people meet with me for about 4 sessions for such goals as premarital, life enhancement, and pre-parental counseling. For couples seeking better communication and emotional connection, as well as having some issues to address and heal, 8 weeks is typical. For those seeking deeper or complex healing or multiple goals, 12 weeks or more may be ideal.

Many people work with me through one phase of life, such as premarital, and then return for refreshers, or to address new life phases such as becoming parents, retirement, or wanting to explore areas of personal growth. This continuity is extremely rewarding and valuable for my clients, and for me as a therapist.

Sea-Change Marriage & Family Therapy

Dr. Ruth Houston Barrett, PhD, LMFT

1611 S. Catalina Ave.
# L43, on the Lower Level
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Corner of Catalina Ave. & Ave. I in Riviera Village

Free underground parking: Enter from Catalina Ave.

Text or call Dr. Ruthie: (310) 995-9356 to schedule.

Email: Ruth@SeaChangeMFT.com

 

Session Rates

 

Insurance

I am not on any insurance panels; I am a private-pay, out-of-network provider.

Insurance companies have rules that limit session lengths (45-52 minutes), require diagnosis, have other limitations, and may compromise privacy. Many people prefer to avoid this and pay privately.

If you have PPO insurance, they may reimburse some part of my fees, depending on your plan. I can prepare the type of receipt they require, called a superbill.

Payment

Credit card, cash, check to “Sea-Change Marriage & Family Therapy,” Venmo to Ruth-Barrett, or Zelle to 310-995-9356

The session rate is $340

This for my longer sessions, described above (first session is 90-min; sessions after that are 60-75-min).

I also offer discounts for prepaid packs of sessions:

Note that they are nonrefundable, transferable, and they never expire.

 

 Pack 4 Session 
Discounted Session Rate   $315
Savings/Session   $25
 Savings  $100
Cost Of Pack   $1260
   
Pack   8
Discounted Session Rate    $305
Savings/Session   $35
Savings   $280
Cost Of Pack   $2440
   
Pack    12
 Discounted Session Rate  $295
Savings/Session   $45
 Savings  $540
 Cost Of Pack  $3540

 

Session Rates

 

Insurance

I am not on any insurance panels; I am a private-pay, out-of-network provider.

Insurance companies have rules that limit session lengths (45-52 minutes), require diagnosis, have other limitations, and may compromise privacy. Many people prefer to avoid this and pay privately.

If you have PPO insurance, they may reimburse some part of my fees, depending on your plan. I can prepare the type of receipt they require, called a superbill.

Payment

Credit card, cash, check to “Sea-Change Marriage & Family Therapy,” Venmo to Ruth-Barrett, or Zelle to 310-995-9356

 

Please Understand: Cancellation Policy

My policy is to charge for the session, if given less than a day’s notice.

The session rate is $340

This for my longer sessions, described above (first session is 90-min; sessions after that are 60-75-min).

I also offer discounts for prepaid packs of sessions:

Note that they are nonrefundable, transferable, and they never expire.

 

Pack Discounted Session Rate Discount Savings per Session Savings Cost of Pack
4 sessions $315 7.4% $25 $100 $1260
8 sessions $305 10.3% $35 $280 $2440
12 sessions $295 13.2% $45 $540 $3540