(440) 333-4949

Center for Effective Living, Inc.

Seeking quality, affordable, child or adult psychiatric, psychological or counseling services? Your search has ended.

We Have Experience

We have been the Premier Psychotherapy Practice in Northeast Ohio for over 30 years.

We Take Insurance

Scroll down to view our list of accepted insurance plans.


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King James Office Park
Building 4, Suite 250
24500 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, Ohio 44145


For in-person IOP for substance abuse, the cost is $20/person for non insured clients and it is otherwise covered for insured clients. This will be at the Westlake office.

An intake is necessary for admission into the IOP program and can be arranged by calling the office at 440-333-4949.




You can be seen by a counselor this week, sometimes within a day.

Our prescribers have no waiting list and if a consultation regarding psychiatric medication is desired, you can set an appointment after 2 counseling appointments.

We do phone calls, video visits, or in-person visits. Call 440-333-4949 for more information.

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EMDR Now Offered

Mary Brahm, MA, LSW,LICDC-CS is the therapist conducting EMDR.

Contact the office at 440-333-4949 to set up an intake with Mary to see if EMDR may help you.

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Welcome to The Center for Effective Living!

The Center for Effective Living has been the premier private practice group in West Side Cleveland, Ohio, for psychotherapy and counseling for individuals and families for over 30 years, and we have been chosen for many years as a teaching facility for graduate students in clinical social work and psychology from many universities such as Cleveland State, Liberty, Walden, Case Western Reserve University, Nova University in Florida and Capella. Our experienced professional staff comes to us from the various disciplines within the mental health field. As a result of the diversity of our staff, we have people trained and knowledgeable in the latest methods and procedures to treat a wide range of problems from communication issues to mental health disorders, and we are usually able to get clients in to see someone quickly. Read more about our special services:


Three Convenient Locations!

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Now Available at the Center for Effective Living:

Walk-In Clinic Hours

· Westlake office ONLY ·

Waiting is the last thing you want to do when you are not feeling well and need support. CFEL offers walk-in appointments to help ensure your needs for assessment and treatment are met as soon as possible.

  • Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with no appointment necessary. Calling ahead is recommended to determine wait time.
  • Adults and children, from 5 to 99, are seen by Licensed Counselors and backed by a team of specialists who can care for most urgent concerns.
  • Rapid access same-day or next-day appointments can also be made throughout the week.
  • If you experience a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

To schedule an appointment, call 440-333-4949.
Most insurance plans accepted!

Accepted Insurance Plans

The professional staff at the Center for Effective Living accepts most insurance plans. Follow the link below to check your mental health benefits. If your plan is not listed, please call the customer service phone number found on your insurance card.




Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Care Source


Cleveland Clinic

Golden Rule

Health Smart



Medical Mutual




Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation



United Behavioral Health

United HealthCare



Value Options