You either walk inside your story and own it
or you stand outside your story and
hustle for your worthiness.
Dr. Brené Brown
Author of Daring Greatly
LGBTQ+ and Poly Affirmative
BDSM and Kink Friendly
Welcome! My name is Jonathan Martofel and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who supports individuals, couples, and families of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles in both English and Spanish.
After having grown up abroad and studied in the East Coast, I finally established roots here in Los Angeles over a decade ago. My career began in the film industry where I pursued my dream of telling stories that invite conversations toward social change by shining a positive light on the intimate lives of often underrepresented and marginalized populations. Along my journey, I evolved from wanting to tell these important stories solely through a creative lens, and instead to ground myself in community and leverage my privilege to create a safe space that empowers individuals to feel free and confident to voice their own narratives in the ways that serve them best.
Equipped with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from
the University of Southern California and clinical training at the Southern California Counseling Center, I now dedicate my life to providing a collaborative and narrative approach to therapy in private practice.
We begin with the assertion that life is a collection of stories that we tell ourselves and others: narratives shaped by our thoughts, actions, and the environment. While some stories help propel us forward, others become difficult to navigate and may leave us feeling stuck, frustrated, and helpless. These problematic discourses are the ones that require our attention and call for further exploration and reflection.
I work together with my clients to review their narratives within the social, cultural, and political contexts in which they exist. In each session we examine the discourses that no longer serve you in a non-judgmental environment while empowering you to replace these with ones that allow for new possibilities and desired outcomes. You can be the person you most want to be, and I'd like to support you in telling the stories that best serve to get you there; while also remaining by your side full of unconditional positive regard and motivation to help keep you there.
As a cis male therapist who presents as racially and sexually ambiguous, I recognize there are many innate privileges that I bring into the therapy room by way of my role and appearance. The hope is to openly speak to the power dynamics that emerge in session, and together entering a brave space to resist potentially problematic forces and expectations, while collaborating to create unique opportunities for healing conversations.
My strengths are in providing support to individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing difficulties in the following areas: acceptance (of self and others), self-worth (resilience), communication (expressing needs/wants), boundary-setting (safety), coping with stressors (anxiety/isolation), and processing of emotions (sadness/anger).
Also, I pride myself in helping my clients tackle problems related to: work-life balance, infidelity, lacking trust and intimacy, sexual dysfunction, substance misuse, technology dependence, and intergenerational traumas.
I always embrace the opportunity to engage in exploring larger societal themes and their impact: gender roles and identity, toxic masculinity and gender based violence, monogamy as "the gold standard," family legacy and cultural expectations, and our ever-growing bond to social media and technology while maintaining relationships in real life.
I offer confidential talk therapy sessions that last 50 minutes for individuals and 80 minutes for couples. We typically meet once a week until your goals have been met. I am open to brainstorming other configurations dependent on your unique needs.
The fee for service per visit is currently set at $200 for individuals and $260 for couples and families. To make
therapy more accessible, I do also offer temporary sliding scale options when needed on a client-by-client basis.
Currently, I have limited availability on weekday mornings and afternoons (only meeting remotely at this time at my regular fee through a secure HIPAA-compliant online portal. Clients must reside in California.).
Also -- If fees or scheduling feel as though they may prevent you from seeking therapy, please don't hesitate to still contact me as may be able to offer you referrals to equally wonderful therapists in the community.
Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.
Host, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
I am in need of immediate support! When is the earliest I can begin seeing you?
Sessions typically can be scheduled within the week once details have been agreed upon and intake paperwork (information form, service agreement, and notice of privacy practices) has been filled out.
Will my information and what I say in sessions be kept secret?
Everything you say to me is strictly confidential. However, there may be times in which I have to take steps to protect you and others from immediate harm: child/elder abuse/neglect, harm to self or others, or a court order. I will go over all of these instances in detail when we first meet and as appropriate during our work.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance. I am able to write up a monthly report for potential partial reimbursement.
What payment types do you take?
I accept cash and checks at the beginning or end of our sessions (whatever feels most comfortable to you).
I also take credit cards but do charge an additional processing fee of 2.75% after each payment.
If attending therapy via the internet, an invoice will be e-mailed you after our session where you can pay with a card at your convenience.
What happens if I need to cancel an appointment?
To cancel, please contact me at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled session to avoid a late fee.
No-shows and cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance of the scheduled appointment will result in a charge of the full session fee to be paid before the start of our next session.
Please note: We will discuss late payments and no-shows in the following session to check in and make sure that attending therapy continues to feel accessible, supportive and healing.
Is it okay to reach out to you in between sessions?
Yes! I typically rely on text messages and e-mails to coordinate scheduling, but if you are finding yourself struggling and in need of support before the next time we see one another, do not hesitate to reach out. We can connect for a short time (the first 15 minutes are free), while any additional time will be prorated.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, I am happy to answer them. Please don't hesitate to contact me.
Please call or text (213) 260-0110
to schedule a free phone consultation!
If you or someone you know requires immediate assistance, please call 9-1-1 and also consider calling the Suicide Prevention Lifeline
at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741
627 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(Street parking and in rear of building)