• To walk with my clients is a a labor of love.    - David McKnight MS, LMFT


    I truly enjoy working with men, women and couples to help them move from feeling stuck to living a more rewarding, more abundant and satisfying life.


    It has been said that it isn’t what you have in your life that’s important, as much as who you have in your life.


    My clients tell me having a caring, nonjudgmental person in their life, who truly listens, makes all the difference.


    I think that is where a therapeutic relationship is extremely valuable. It allows a person to see things, experience things and learn things in a very unique and valuable way.


    Walking along with my clients, through whatever they are facing, is truly a privilege.


    - David McKnight MS, LMFT

  • David McKnight's Counseling Services


    David McKnight, featured in Psychology Today is a unique therapist that brings a wealth of experience and insight to his approach to therapy.


    He has over 20 years of experience helping people work through issues such as relationship, marital and/or family issues, addiction (drugs, alcohol, impulsive spending, sex/love addiction and other impulse control issues), depression, anxiety, obsessions/compulsions, anger, chronic pain and/or illness, grief/loss issues and many others.


    He also has been personally active in the recovery community for over 30 years which gives him tremendous depth, personal insight and wisdom that he can pass on to his clients. He has a powerful way of connecting with people and getting to the underlying causes and helps clients effectively navigate their way to a new, more valuable, meaningful and satisfying life.


    David will meet you where you are, not where anyone else thinks you need to be. He can help you find out where you want to go and then help you to map out a plan to move effectively in that direction at your own pace.


    Therapy’s primary value comes through the healing that happens in a healthy, nurturing relationship that is free of judgement and bias. Once a therapeutic bond has developed, the client has a unique opportunity to heal and grow through whatever has been blocking their life. Therapy in some ways is like exercise. Done consistently, over time, amazing things can happen. A whole new, beautiful person can emerge.


    More about David McKnight MS, LMFT

    David has a polite, respectful manner that puts people at ease quickly. He fell in love with psychology and counseling while in college and was put on the Dean’s List for his academic performance while he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University at Long Beach.


    He went on to complete his Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. He has worked at several well renowned mental health out patient programs in the greater Los Angeles area and has a rich background of experience working with various populations. He maintains valuable connections with a large network of mental health and medical professionals in his current private practice.


  • Services and Fees

    45 Minute individual and 50 minute family sessions are $200.* The therapist will send a claim to your insurance company electronically for reimbursement after payment has been made and sessions completed. Phone and video conferencing sessions are also available (which are billed at the same rate as in person sessions). Please, speak with the therapist for information on special fees for sessions that are shorter or longer than 45 minutes.

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  • If you prefer to fill out the intake forms before the appointment they are listed below or the therapist can have copies available for you when you come in to the office.


    New Client Forms




    Sample Good Faith Estimate for Uninsured or completely Self- Pay Clients




    Below is a sample of a Good Faith Estimate showing an example of what a client could possibly pay out of pocket if they were not going to file a claim or be reimbursed by an insurance provider.



    (Revised 1/3/23)


    Provider Name: David McKnight

    License # 93704


    Provider Contact # : (562)684-7116



    Patient Name: Jane Doe

    Patient Date of Birth: 01/01/1982


    Patient Address : 123 Fictional St., Irvine, CA


    Patient Diagnosis: N/A


    Treatment Services: 45 minute individual psychotherapy sessions


    Date of Initial Session: 01/03/2023


    You are entitled to receive this “Good Faith Estimate” of what the charges could be for psychotherapy services provided to you. While it is not possible for a psychotherapist to know, in advance, how many psychotherapy sessions may be necessary or appropriate for a given person, this form provides an estimate of the cost of services provided. Your total cost of services will depend upon the number of psychotherapy sessions you attend, your individual circumstances, and the type and amount of services that are provided to you.

    There may be additional items or services that may be recommended as part of your care that must be scheduled or requested separately and are not reflected in this good faith estimate. This estimate is not a contract and does not obligate you to obtain any services from the provider(s) listed, nor does it include any services rendered to you that are not identified here.

    You have the right to initiate a dispute resolution process if the actual amount charged to you substantially exceeds the estimated charges stated in your Good Faith Estimate (which means $400 or more beyond the estimated charges).

    For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate or the dispute process, visit https://www.cms.gov/nosurprises/consumers or call 1- 800-985-3059. The initiation of the patient-provider dispute resolution process will not adversely affect the quality of the services furnished to you.

    The fee for a 45-minute psychotherapy visit (in-person or via telehealth) is $200. Most clients will attend one psychotherapy visit per week, but the frequency of psychotherapy visits that are appropriate in your case may be more or less than once per week, depending upon your needs. Based upon a fee of $200 per visit, if you attend 2 psychotherapy visits per month, your estimated charge would be $400; or $800 for 4 visits over two months; or $1200 for three months.


    If you choose to attend therapy for a longer period, your total estimated charges will increase according to the number of visits and length of treatment, however, this sample Good Faith Estimate, again, is not a contract and does not obligate the client to any length or frequency of psychotherapy treatment.



    Based on a fee of $200 per visit, the following are expected charges of psychotherapy services:

    Number of Weeks

    Total estimated charges for 2 session per month.

    Total estimated charges for 4 sessions per month.

    1 Month of Service



    13 Weeks of Service (Approx. 3 Months)




    This Good Faith Estimate is not intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment or a prediction that you may need to attend a specified number of psychotherapy visits. The number of visits that are appropriate in your case, and the estimated cost for those services, depends on your needs and what you agree to in consultation with your therapist. You are entitled to disagree with any recommendations made to you concerning your treatment and you may discontinue treatment at any time.

    You are encouraged to speak with your provider at any time about any questions you may have regarding your treatment plan, or the information provided to you in this Good Faith Estimate.


    Date of this Estimate _______01-03-2023____

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