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Our Vision 


Three Waves Psychotherapy takes a modern approach to mental health by making time honored wisdom practical for today’s realities. With a specialized focus on the mindfulness-based treatments (called the “Third Wave Behavioral Therapies”), Three Waves Psychotherapy supports those ready for a more manageable and peaceful way of experiencing life and all its complexities.


Driven by our values of acceptance, patience, and compassion, we seek to simplify and share the practical skills needed for our clients to form safe, present, and fulfilling relationships with themselves and the world around them.


To effectively respond to whatever happens is the goal; Three Waves Psychotherapy is here to teach you how.

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Three Waves Psychotherapy is a private pay and out of network provider however you may be eligible for partial reimbursement from your insurance company. Should your plan cover out of network services, please inform us during your consultation call so we may provide you with a monthly superbill for you to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement. We highly recommend that you also clarify with your insurance provider that telehealth sessions are eligible for out of network reimbursement under your plan. 


Individual and group session rates vary depending on which treatment is requested and recommended to achieve your mental health goals. ​

Individual Therapy 

 Individual therapy sessions range from $225-250 per 50 minute session

Relationship Therapy

Relationship therapy sessions are $250 per 50 minute session

Group Therapy

Group therapy ranges from

$100-140 per group



All session fees will be collected in full by credit card at the time of service and a credit card is required to be on file to hold your appointment time.


We additionally require 24 hours’ notice for cancellations to avoid having your card charged the full amount for any missed sessions. 



Making quality therapy accessible to a diverse group of clients aligns with the guiding values of Three Waves Psychotherapy.


We are pleased to offer limited sliding scale appointments, pending availability, for those demonstrating financial hardship. Please contact us to check availability and further discuss conditions for sliding scale sessions.

Good Faith


Under law, you have the right to receive a "Good Faith Estimate" explaining how much your healthcare will cost during the time you are enrolled in treatment. 

Good Faith Estimates are applicable to: 


  1. Clients who are not using insurance to cover their healthcare and 

  2. Clients who do not plan to submit a superbill to their insurance provider for out of network reimbursement

Visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services HERE for more information. 

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"You can't stop the waves but you can learn how to surf."

                                      - Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Thomas Dunleavy, LCSW


Thomas Dunleavy, LCSW is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, coach, and workshop leader specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). With a focused interest in the treatment of anxiety, perfectionism, and trauma related disorders within the LGBTQ+ community, Thomas has been certified in CBT by the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and completed advanced CBT trainings in Cognitive Processing Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders; and Prolonged Exposure for Panic and Anxiety Disorders to name only a few.


Thomas has been trained in DBT by Harbor-UCLA and provided Comprehensive DBT to clients with severe and persistent mental illness for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. In addition to completing his training in ACT with Russ Harris, Thomas graduated with the highest honors from the University of Southern California, where he earned his Master of Social Work, and was awarded the USC Order of Arete for social contribution and leadership in the field of homeless services.


With over 13 years experience as a personal development and corporate coach, Thomas has been certified by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and has traveled nationally leading seminars on life fulfillment and emotional intelligence. Thomas has created and delivered workshops addressing a variety of mental health and quality of life topics, including affirmative thought, constructive self-image, values, and gender affirming care.


An East Coast native and lover of Southern California nature, Thomas has been utilizing his passion for present moment awareness as a student of mindfulness for over 22 years.  

Learn more about Thomas and his approach to mental health and wellness:

"Betting on the Brightside: Developing and Fostering Optimism with Thomas Dunleavy, LCSW"

Bold Journey Magazine Interview ARTICLE HERE


"Navigating Life Changes and

Establishing Your Own Practice"

CanvasRebel Magazine Interview ARTICLE HERE

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Thomas Dunleavy, LCSW (he/him)

Founder of Three Waves Psychotherapy 

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