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Weekday Morning/Weekend Counseling and Weekend Therapy for Gay Men

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GayTherapyLA associate clinicians are available weekday mornings and all day weekends.

If you’re looking for weekend therapy for gay men, we can help you.  Ken Howard, LCSW is in the office weekdays (Monday through Friday), with day and evening appointments available. If you only want to see Ken, remember that employers in California are legally required to give you time off of work to receive “medically necessary” health services such as psychotherapy.

But taking time off work on a weekday on a weekly basis sometimes just isn’t feasible due to commuting to and from Ken’s office in LA’s notorious traffic, or because of your particular job demands. Phone sessions and webcam sessions are available, too.  But if your schedule at work prevents you from coming to therapy during the weekday afternoons or evenings at all, GayTherapyLA is proud to offer counseling sessions on each weekday morning (from 8:00 am to 10:30 am) and all day weekends (Saturday/Sunday) with associate staff clinicians that include very qualified Master’s-level therapists (who are registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences) who work

The two Associate Clinicians are Matthew Allen, MA, APCC, and Mariah Dillard, MS, AMFT.  Matthew is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, and Mariah is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist.

Matthew and Mariah offer sessions at somewhat lower fees than Ken, because they work under his guidance and supervision until they are licensed to practice independently in California.  Insurance reimbursement for sessions with Matthew or Mariah MAY be possible, as long as you have a PPO plan with out-of-network benefits (no HMO plans) who will reimburse for Associate Professional Clinical Counselors or Associate Marriage and Family Therapists, or Associate Clinical Social Workers.  Many health insurance plans will vary on their coverage policies, and it is up to you to contact your plan to clarify your reimbursement eligibility.  Receipts will be provided to you, but please check with your plan for information regarding authorizations, verification of out-of-network coverage, deductibles, co-insurances, and reimbursement policies.

Clinical Associate Staff:

Matthew Allen, MS, APCC – 517-918-2657 – Registered PCCI 4503 – mrla2010@gmail.com

I am a psychotherapist specializing in building self-esteem, resilience, and identity with mid-life women in Beverly Hills and the Westside. As a 2016 graduate of Siena Heights University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, I provided psychotherapy for individual adult clients and co-facilitated support groups for women with anxiety and depression and gay men.  I utilize evidence-based modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, strength based, solution focused, and expressive arts, tailored to fit the unique background and goals of each client.  I believe psychotherapy can be a transformative experience with the therapist guiding the client through exploration, awareness, expression, and actualization.  As an openly gay man, I understand the challenges and importance of self-esteem, resilience, and identity in a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life.

 

 

Mariah Dillard, MS, AMFT – 717-496-7689 – Registered IMF 94585 – mariahgdillard@gmail.com

Mariah believes in working in a collaborative, inclusive, and non-judgmental environment where clients can can be supported through emotional struggles, difficult relationships, and personal challenges. She considers herself a warm, proactive, and light-hearted therapist who offers a welcoming and safe space for her clients to explore their concerns. Mariah has worked in various mental health family clinics, residential drug rehabilitation programs, and Department of Mental Health agencies in California and on the east coast.

Mariah enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families, struggling with anxiety, depression, infidelity, trauma, communication issues, identity development, and cultural issues. While her approach encompasses many evidence-based practices, Mariah frequently utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and mindfulness, and she also has certifications in Play Therapy (that can be utilized with clients of all ages) and Discernment Counseling that can be utilized with couples experiencing ambivalence towards divorce.

Mariah is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#94585) who received her Bachelors of Science degree in Family Science and Human Development from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy, also from the University of Maryland, College Park. Mariah received the Dr. Ned Gaylin Award for her outstanding work in the Couple and Family Therapy Master’s program. Mariah is also an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.