Address:50 North Hill Ave., Suite 201, Pasadena 91106
Services::Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, EMDR, Psychological Testing
Pasadena Site Coordinator
Lizzete Banuelos, LMFT
“The quality of our life depends on the quality of our relationships.” -Esther Perel
Healthy, loving, and respectful relationships are easier said that done. Unresolved trauma can skew our understanding of a healthy dynamic in our relationships with ourselves and others. I collaborate with individuals and couples in creating therapeutic goals and a plan to help process their struggles with sexual traumas, partner abuse, child abuse, and other traumas. I utilize the therapy tools of EMDR (emdria.org), Trauma Exposure Therapy, Psychodynamic therapy using timelines, Trauma-Focused CBT, along with other relational tools. As a POC I understand the vulnerability and culture sensitivity in opening up about the impact of racism, systematic oppression, and choosing a therapist with a relatable experience.
I earned a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2008 from Pacific Oak’s College. I began working for a non-profit organization in 2007 before transitioning into a private practice group setting in 2013. I became the site supervisor in 2017 for the Soultenders Pasadena location where our goal is to provide a compassionate safe space for individuals, couples, and children.
I have experience working with adults and couples struggling with different types of anxiety, PTSD, sexual traumas, child abuse, partner emotional and physical abuse, LGBTQIA/gender identity, relationship conflicts, attachment issues, and divorce/breakups.
Email would be the best way to reach me. I look forward to mapping out a plan towards the day you do not have to feel your past controls your present and future.
Brittany A. Martin, LCSW
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou
Congratulations on taking a huge step in caring for yourself by starting your journey towards optimal mental and emotional health!
My approach to treatment is integrated as I use numerous evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness to address the root causes of your difficulties. I actively pursue learning new techniques to therapy and will soon be trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Prior to joining Soultenders, I worked in the field of mental health with children and families who faced adversities of homelessness, domestic violence, system involvement, and trauma for ten years. I continue to work with teens and adults who deal with a wide range of behavioral and emotional problems; depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship challenges, break ups, family conflict, self-esteem, employment stress, and life transitions.
I am committed to providing a safe space where you can engage in a low-pressure conversation regarding what’s on your heart and mind. You are resilient and have the resources within you. I am here, as your therapist, to empower you and validate how these life events have affected you. We can’t choose what happens to us, but I want to help you find meaning and motivate you to progress towards your goals. Together we will focus on building skills to effectively problem solve, make healthy life choices, and establish meaningful relationships.
Megan McGrath, LMFT
Feeling stuck in a job? In a relationship? In your own life? Are there things bothering you but you have found that it is hard to put your thoughts into words, or find someone to talk to?
I help individuals, couples, and families address issues related to relationships, depression, anxiety, anger, addiction, stressful or traumatic events and work toward their goals of becoming healthier, happier, and enjoying a more fulfilling life.
My goal in therapy is to foster a collaborative and non-judgmental relationship that allows you to safely explore whatever is troubling you, and to build on the strengths and resources you already possess. I utilize a variety of evidence-based therapeutic interventions including EMDR, Emotionally Focused Therapy and dialectical and cognitive behavioral techniques to aid you in exploring your specific concerns and achieving self-awareness, balance, and connection.
I completed my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in 2017. Prior to joining Soultenders, I worked with veterans struggling with issues of homelessness, addiction, and trauma. I completed my EMDR training in July 2017 and am a member of CAMFT and EMDRIA.
My approach to therapy is client-centered and humanistic with integrated evidence-based interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy. I provide an empathetic non-judgmental space that allows you to be vulnerable and share your experiences without fear of being judged. You would lead your session with what you would like to focus on, while I offer support, guidance, and structure. I believe that every person has the capacity within themselves for personal growth and change. My goal would be for us to work collaboratively to facilitate change in your life.
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.” – Carl Rogers
Enjil Poloss, LMFT
My main focus in therapy is to assist clients in deepening their understanding of the challenges they face and to empower them to tap into their own unique, often -overlooked, internal resources in order to find their path to recovery and growth.
My approach is Integrative, as I draw on various treatment approaches such as Client-Centered, Narrative, Existential, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, with a strong emphasis on Mindfulness practices. I am also an EMDR- trained therapist, currently in process of obtaining my EMDR certification credentials. I utilize this highly effective technique to assist clients identify and process extremely distressful and/or traumatic memories from the past that govern their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Successful processing of such memories allows clients to not only eliminate or better manage their emotional triggers, but also grow in areas in which they had most struggles in.
I completed my Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University-Northridge in 2009. I have an extensive experience both as an Intern and a Licensed MFT working with individuals and families from diverse demographics. This experience has given me a great opportunity to tailor my therapeutic approach to each individual’s unique circumstances and needs. Aside from private practice, I have worked at YWCA-Glendale Domestic Violence Department, Aviva Family and Children Services, and Aurora Las Encinas Hospital Outpatient Program where I worked with individuals struggling with various substance addictions and Dual Diagnosis.
Katherane Rackleff, LCSW
Katherane “Katy” Rackleff is an LCSW working as a therapist in the Los Angeles metro area. She has over 10 years experience providing culturally sensitive mental health and advocacy services, both on the east and west coast. After studying cultural anthropology as an undergraduate, in 2014 she went on to pursue her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, with a specialization in childhood trauma. In Baltimore, she worked as a therapist in a substance abuse treatment center (IOP) and in a government agency, providing family therapy related to domestic violence issues. After moving to Los Angeles in 2018, she worked with people experiencing homelessness, providing therapy, advocacy, and crisis intervention. Before beginning private practice in 2021, she worked with the Head Start and LAUSD school systems, educating and providing support to teachers around the issue of childhood trauma. While Katy is interested in many therapeutic modalities, she is heavily influenced by attachment theory, mindfulness and acceptance based therapies, internal family systems, and gestalt therapy. She has experience treating depression, anxiety, trauma, acute stress, and substance use disorders in individual adults, children, and groups. In addition to her LCSW licensure, she is also a certified Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT).
Evelyn G Rodriguez, LMFT
Are you facing overwhelming adversity in your life? Are you are experiencing difficulty maintaining healthy relationships or struggling to adjust to new roles or life changes? Do you want to achieve fulfillment and direction in life but are unsure of where to start? Are you ready to become the best version of yourself? Self-improvement and growth are within your reach.
In our work together in therapy, you can expect to learn more about yourself and discover new ways of seeing your circumstances. By understanding who you are, you can potentially achieve meaningful relationships and learn how to adapt to challenges. I can teach you strategies and tools to help you find the best solutions for your unique situation, including learning effective decision-making skills, improved communication, conflict resolution strategies, assertiveness skills, and healthy boundaries. Become empowered to achieve your potential.
My specialty is in relationship counseling, focusing on helping you to improve your relationship with yourself and others through the maintenance of boundaries, perspective, and healthy intimacy. I’m also passionate about young professional/adult concerns, generational/cultural issues, and women’s issues/roles, including health, fertility, pregnancy, and post-partum concerns.
My therapeutic approach is based on attachment and is designed to help those who don’t feel safe or secure in relationships. Attachment is an emotional bond with another person. Your attachment style is largely influenced by your relationship with your parents in early childhood. When your emotional needs are met you develop a healthy attachment and feel safe and secure in relationships. The healthier your attachment the better able you are to adapt to life stressors.
My aim is to help you feel safe and secure in your relationships. I’m here to help you learn, grow, and fulfill your relationship goals. Contact me to set up a free 15-minute consultation to see if my approach is a good fit for your needs.
I am a bilingual (English/Armenian) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have worked in an array of settings from school principal, community mental health, and volunteering in non-profit organizations.
I utilize Client Centered approach with empathetic listening and creating an atmosphere in which my clients feel safe to express their feelings with certainty and that they are being understood rather than judged. I also focus on facilitating self-discovery, self-acceptance, and provide means toward healing and positive growth.
I graduated from University of Southern California with my B.A. degree in Psychology and from Ryokan College with M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology. I am a member of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists).
Holly Smith, LCSW
Whether you need support through a life transition, or you’d like to address recent and/or past trauma, I will bring an engaged, empathic, non-judgmental attitude to our work together. I am attachment focused, and draw from Psychodynamic theory, Gestalt, and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). I also offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and have been honored to witness powerful shifts in my clients’ symptoms and experience through EMDR. My therapeutic approach varies depending on the needs of my clients.
Prior to entering private practice, I spent 12 years working with teens, school aged children, and adults in outpatient clinics, correctional settings, and in residential treatment centers. My specializations include childhood and attachment trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, anxiety disorders, and depression. I have experience working with and treating Oppositional Defiant behavior, ADHD, abusive/unhealthy relationships, and substance abuse issues. Additionally, I have training in perinatal mood disorders and enjoy working with women and men making the transition to parenthood.
I am LGBTQIA allied. I enjoy working with people with beliefs, customs, and traditions different from my own, and I take pleasure in learning more about cultures with which I don’t have as much familiarity. I speak and understand Spanish; however, since I am not completely fluent, I do not facilitate therapy in Spanish.
Whatever your current circumstances are, I look forward to joining you on your path.
Lauren Terschluse, LMFT
Feeling stuck? Is something bothering you that you wish would go away? Are you struggling with something past or present? Has a life experience shifted the trajectory of your life? You deserve to find your happiness. Asking for help is hard. Everyone has difficult times in life and I am here to support you with navigating yours.
In my practice, I use a strengths-based, collaborative, individualized approach rooted in client-centered and narrative therapy principles. I believe that we all have a story and it is that story that has led each individual to therapy. It is the relationship between each therapist and client that is the most integral part to driving change and healing. I maintain a non-judgmental and empathetic presence where you can be your truest you. I understand that no two people are the same, so I will work closely with you to explore what works best for you in your life.
I graduated with my BA in Psychology and a Minor in Education from University of California, Santa Cruz (2006) and my Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Southern California (2014). I’ve worked in the mental health field since 2006 in a variety of settings that include: residential facilities, private practice, outdoor settings, community-based services and equestrian therapy. I have extensive experience working with individuals impacted by trauma, at risk youth and families, veterans, anxiety and depression. I have also been trained in and implement a variety of evidence-based techniques to provide effective symptom targeted treatment.
I currently work with a wide range of adults, which include but are not limited to: Depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship challenges, break ups, end of life issues, family conflict, self esteem, employment stress, veterans, service members, family members of veterans, PTSD, life transitions, older adults.
I look forward to supporting you on your journey.