Ellen Searle LeBel, LMFT, BC-DMT, CST-T


Who are your typical clients?

I see adults of all ages for individual or couples therapy. I occasionally work with families, including the children.

Which psychological problems do you have experience treating?

I have a wide range of experience and training. People frequently see me for mood disorders, anxiety, complex trauma or PTSD, a wide array of couples issues, medical and psychological stress, and grief. I also have significant experience working with issues related to sexual abuse, aging, infertility, eating disorders and substance abuse.

How long is a session?

A usual session lasts 50 minutes. It is possible to arrange for longer sessions and the fee is then prorated in accordance with the basic hourly rate.

What is your fee?

My fee is typical for a licensed therapist in Humboldt County. I will discuss the fee schedule individually when you contact me.

Do you accept insurance reimbursement?

If your insurance plan allows for reimbursement to out-of-network providers I may be able to bill your insurance and will discuss this further to determine if it is possible in your case. I am a member of the Humboldt - Del Norte Foundation IPA and can receive EAP referrals as well as bill insurance for any of the plans managed by the IPA.

How do I make an appointment?

Contact me by phone at 707-826-7900 to receive a confidential and personal response to your inquiry. This gives you an opportunity for a brief conversation and to discuss availability and further information.

How frequent are therapy sessions?

In the beginning of therapy we evaluate your situation and make a plan. If you decide to work with me, I strongly suggest weekly sessions to start in order to have regular meetings and get established in the therapeutic process.  The frequency of sessions may change over time or due to circumstances to increase as needed or to lessen once significant progress has occurred.

How long does therapy last?

Depending on the presenting issues and other factors, therapy can be as brief as several sessions or extend over years. Many clients attend therapy for less than 2 years with satisfactory resolution and others choose to continue. The ending of therapy is usually a mutual decision based on assessment of progress and meeting therapeutic goals.