Author Archives: Pasadena Trauma Therapy

About Pasadena Trauma Therapy

​I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Certified EMDR therapist in Pasadena, CA. I have provided outpatient individual and group therapy throughout the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley areas to teens and adults on a variety of issues, ranging from trauma, sexual abuse, physical abuse, incest issues, dissociation/dissociative disorders, anxiety, depression, gang affiliation/involvement, drug and alcohol abuse, etc. I work predominately with adult trauma survivors (sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, physical abuse, dissociation, etc). I also help clients work through issues of anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, attachment disorders, codependency issues, etc. I am trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help children, adolescents, and their caretakers overcome trauma-related difficulties. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing ( EMDR) and Trauma Resiliency Module(TRM) are a big part of my practice. Both are very effective in treating traumas. EMDR is a form of psychotherapy that has been successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, nightmares, etc. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation (such as eye movements or tapping) while the client attends to past memories and triggers, in efforts to decrease or eliminate emotional distress connected to the memory. TRM helps clients with traumatic stress reactions learn skills to help stabilize the mind and body. Clients will learn to track body sensations and bring balance back to the nervous system.

The Trauma of Rape

One of the main issues I treat in therapy is the trauma of rape.  Since so many women and men face this type of trauma, I feel it is important to talk about how it could impact one’s life. Although … Continue reading

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When Anxiety Takes Over

Michelle’s Story Michelle, now 31 years of age, came into my office to learn how to manage her anxiety more effectively. Michelle grew up with a very anxious mother, who constantly worried about everything. To shed some light on what … Continue reading

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Learning to be Assertive

STEVEN’S STORY Steven has been with his girlfriend for almost two years and is tired of not getting his needs met. According to Steven, he has a difficult time in asking for what he wants and needs. A simple decision, for example, … Continue reading

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Tamara’s Story

Tamara is a 23 year old female who came to see me after a robbery at her home. She remembers lying down in bed reading her book, when all of a sudden, she started to hear noises in her home. … Continue reading

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What To Know About Bullying

Bullying is a type of abuse that attempts to create power over another person. Here are some of the common types of bullying: Emotional/Verbal bullying includes things like name-calling, social alienation, intimidation, sexual comments, joking about someone’s race, gender, etc. It … Continue reading

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Veronica’s journey of sexual abuse recovery

In walks in Veronica, a 24 year old sexual abuse survivor. Veronica had a long history of sexual abuse growing up by various family members, including her uncle and an older male cousin. Veronica had avoided sex as an adult … Continue reading

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Addiction and Trauma

Jaime, age 48, came into therapy to work on issues from her childhood. Jaime is a single mother who had a history of alcohol abuse, starting from the ages of 15 up to 43. She stated that she had been … Continue reading

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Getting to know your different parts

Learning about Tracy In walks Tracy, a 37 year old female. Tracy had initially come into my office to work on her abuse of marijuana. According to Tracy, she would use marijuana as a means to escape the many troubles … Continue reading

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Coping With Flashbacks for trauma

What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder. PTSD can occur after someone has witnessed or experienced a traumatic event that involved their belief of being threatened of injury or death. Traumatic events could include car accidents, … Continue reading

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Working with Trauma: Monica’s Story

In walks in Monica, a 33 year old Caucasian woman. Monica has come to see me due to her sexual traumatic experiences she had endured throughout her childhood, particularly by her uncle. Monica, now a successful broker, has begun to … Continue reading

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