I specialize in treating children and adolescents who have behavioral problems and ADD (attention deficit disorder). I use the Nurtured Heart Approach which helps parents create healthy relationships with their children regardless of the current problems a child or teen is facing. I am an interactive & solution oriented therapist who provides short term individual; couples and family counseling that focuses on changing negative communication interactions of blaming and criticizing into positive communication patterns. I provide individual therapy for adults who have job-related stress; depression; anxiety and relationship issues. Most problems can be resolved within 4 to 6 sessions.
Most of us haven't learned positive communication skills. Within four sessions, I can help you become more assertive and solve conflicts without blaming or finding fault with your partner or children.
I provide a safe, comfortable setting which allows clients to explore their issues and quickly find solutions. Each client is encouraged to formulate specific goals which lead to positive change. I help clients discover their unique gifts and strengths.
Call or Email Michael Ames for a free phone consultation now - (424) 570-1167


  • Years in Practice: 10+ Years
  • School: California State University, Fresno
  • Year Graduated: 1978
  • License No. and State: LCS 10314 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $60 - $110
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • MHN
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Medicare
  • PacifiCare
  • United
  • ValueOptions
  • WellPoint
  • Windstone Behavioral Health
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.


  • Child or Adolescent
  • Parenting
  • Depression


  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Men's Issues
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Substance Abuse
  • Video Game Addiction

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Client Focus


  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Family / Marital
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2015