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Areas of Expertise

About Dr. Amy Clayton

Dr. Amy Clayton is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and psychotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience. Her areas of focus include substance abuse and dependence, depression, issues of loss and grief, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, Perinatal Mood Disorders including the Baby Blues, and postpartum depression.  She treats adolescents and adults in individual, couple, and family therapy.  In addition, she provides individual therapy to pre-licensed mental health professionals.  She has experience as a counselor, therapist, and social worker in a variety of settings, including drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, day treatment facilities, hospitals, psychiatric inpatient facilities, outpatient mental health clinics, and private practice.  Dr. Clayton is an adjunct Professor who enjoys teaching psychology at Los Angeles Valley College.


Dr. Clayton earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Sonoma State University, her master's degree in social work (MSW) from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Ryokan University.   She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and a member of Postpartum Support International (PSI).

Clinical Work Experience
  • Private Practice for over 20 years

  • Los Angeles Valley College – Adjunct Professor of Psychology

  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center – Psychosocial Assessments and Support

  • Verdugo Hills Hospital – Psychiatric Social Worker

  • Napa State Hospital – Our Family Adolescent Inpatient Program

  • Aviva Children & Family Services – Graduate House Therapist

  • Dawn Farm – Substance Abuse Therapist

Articles and Publications

Rates & Insurance

My fee is determined by the type of therapy provided, including: Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Couples Treatment or Family Sessions.


Will My Insurance Pay For My Sessions?

Many plans may reimburse in full or in part for my services.  Please check with your insurance carrier to see if they will cover individual psychotherapy with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker of your choice. (Usually referred to as an "Out of Network Provider")  Here are some questions you may want to ask to find out what services you are entitled to:


  • What is the deductible for my plan and has it been met?

  • Does my plan include mental health benefits?

  • How many sessions per year are included in my plan?

  • What is the cost for me to see an Out of Network Provider of my choice?


Payment is due at the time of each session, but I am happy to prepare a weekly or monthly billing statement for you to submit to your insurance company.

If I am not able to assist you, I will make every effort to connect you to referral sources with services to meet your needs.

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