My work is culturally-sensitive and supportive. I am most interested in meeting you where you are, whether that is assisting you to find practical solutions to current life problems, exploring deeply-held pain based upon trauma, or supporting you to release entrenched behavioral or cognitive patterns that may no longer serve you. I incorporate a variety of methods and tools based upon my client’s needs. My approach is strengths-based and embedded in the belief that therapy is a collaborative relationship.  



I work with individuals with a variety of concerns. It is my strong belief that the time spent in therapy is explicitly yours and sessions are meant for you to express yourself however you need. I believe clients have within them what they need for growth and change. Symptoms do not have to be pathologized but rather can be an indicator of unresolved pain or needs that are unexpressed. Together, we can explore what is coming up for you in order to gain insight and collaborate on strategies for change. Some of the issues I can address are:

  • Complex Trauma/PTSD
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Intimacy and Relationship Issues
  • Finding meaning, joy and vitality in life and work
  • Existential and Spiritual concerns
  • Cultivating creativity and managing work/life balance
  • Highly Sensitive Persons

Creativity and Spirituality

Many people have the dilemma of trying to incorporate their creativity or their spiritual path into their every day lives. While individuals are predisposed to these instincts, many obstacles can get in the way of expressing them. I enjoy supporting people as they explore how to remove these blocks and allow the innate creativity and spiritual forces that lie within evolve and express themselves. Finding whatever is uniquely yours to contribute to the world can be a source of great vitality. Having a sense of yourself within a larger experience can add profound meaning and sense of satisfaction as you navigate the day-to-day world. 


I help partners to explore each other’s unique experiences, thoughts and emotions within the relationship. By looking at each of your communication styles, your personal histories and understanding how you attach to your partner, we can have a better sense as to how the relationship has developed and evolved. This can allow partners to become aware of behavioral patterns that may no longer serve the relationship. Through this process opportunities can be found to realize common ground and to explore pathways for moving forward.


  • Fees are $170 for 50-minute sessions.  
  • I offer a free initial 15-minute phone consultation if you would like to explore working with me.
  • Currently, I am offering phone and video sessions for clients living in California.
  • Contact me to set up an appointment. 


I am considered an out-of-network provider. This means I can provide you with a superbill for the fees that you have paid, which you can submit to your insurance for potential reimbursement.  It is important to check directly with your insurance plan to understand whether mental health services are covered and, if so, to what extent. Please note, using your insurance requires a diagnosis that will become part of your health record.


  • You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your mental health care will cost.
  • Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for psychotherapy services.
  • You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency psychotherapy services.
  • You can ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service.
  • Cheryl Clift MA, LMFT, is an out-of-network provider and therefore is required to provide you with a Good Faith Estimate if you are not submitting your services to your insurance for reimbursement and to inform you that lower cost care may be available through an in-network insurance provider.
  • If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.
  • For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit