Address:482 N. Rosemead Blvd., Suite 103, Pasadena, 91107
Services::Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, EMDR, Psychological Testing
Site Supervisor::Lizette Banuelos, LMFT
Pasadena Site Supervisor
Lizzete Banuelos, LMFT
Open to a directive approach in therapy? I help individuals and families work through their issues causing depression, anxiety, and relationship impairments with a directive approach in order to heal their emotional scars and find a deeper meaning in their relationships with others. After graduating from Pacific Oaks College and earning a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2008, It has been my passion as a clinician providing therapy for those who have suffered sexual trauma, PTSD, depression, and anxiety of various populations from 2007 through 2013 at a non-profit organization. I transitioned into a private practice group setting in 2013.
Everyone has a time when facing a difficult period in their lives and “change” can be overwhelming when going about it on your own. Whether needing to heal the emotional wounds of your inner child, grieving a loss, feeling lost and unable to find a purpose in your life, or trying to understand triggers in dealing with sexual trauma. It would be my pleasure to help you begin your journey towards reaching your vision in life and begin the healing process.
Jake Goldman, LMFT
Megan McGrath, AMFT
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. I am supervised by Maureen Leigh, LMFT.
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
The adage “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow” rings true in my practice. Adversity is part of life, but it should not be an overwhelming part. A difficult situation is simply the starting point towards improvement. I work towards providing guidance and tools to help achieve self-determined success. I believe that teamwork establishes the strength and support needed to reach and maintain long-lasting happiness and improve upon difficult situations. You don’t have to struggle alone.My therapeutic approach is based on attachment theory, which maintains that in regards to our loved ones, we need each other, but it’s not a matter of clinging to each other or losing our independence. The idea is that when we are securely attached and our bond is safe and strong, our growth and development as human beings is nurtured. I specialize in working with anxiety and depressive disorders in individuals and adolescents. My other specialty is in couple counseling, focusing on helping to improve a couple’s dynamic through the maintenance of boundaries and perspective, and improving intimacy. I also work in women’s issues/roles, including fertility, pregnancy and post-partum concerns.I have training in levels I-IV of Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT), which is geared towards facilitating fast relief of emotional distress associated with traumatic events. ETT is a new brain-based intervention using light/color that can dramatically alleviate unresolved emotions around personal conflicts in a gentle and meaningful way. For more information, visit www.ettia.org. I am also trained in The Incredible Years, a parenting skills and bonding enhancement program. My couple therapy training includes the Gottman Method, and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT).I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (License # 92600) who graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology with a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and am currently supervising Associate Marriage and Family Therapists. I am a bilingual therapist and speak fluent Spanish.
Christopher Ruffin, LCSW
Life is a journey that should enhance who we are and should help us grow personally and professionally. I truly believe that events in life ‘‘happen for you, not to you.’’ When we adapt that mentality, we are able to utilize the obstacle in our lives as opportunities to grow and enhance our existence. I based my practice in two fundamental theories which are psycho-dynamic and attachment theory. In treatment I help my clients process past events that occurred in their lives in order for them to understand how those events affected their lives and shaped their existence. I helped my clients understand any unconscious defense mechanisms they are engaging that could be bringing harm to their lives. I help my clients understand their attachment style that was created in early childhood and how they currently attach to others based on early childhood interactions. I help my client’s explore their core beliefs and inner dialogue in order to break any manipulative pattern of thinking and behaviors and help enhance their lives. I believe the pain that is created by events that happened in the past or trauma is limited to time. Pain lasts years after trauma due to the narrative we tell ourselves about those events. I use cognitive reconstructing, the Socratic method, free association in conjunction with other strategies in order to break down those narratives and create new narratives to enhance your existence.
I graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with an undergraduate degree and obtained my Master’s from the University of Southern California. I’m licensed in the state of California as an LCSW and have 9 years of experiences. My clinical background is in trauma with children, teenage and adults.
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.
Krystal Williams, LMFT
Krystal Williams (She/Her/Hers), is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist dedicated to work with clients towards self-understanding, and finding their path to their authentic self.
Krystal’s style is empathetic, warm, intuitive, and non-judgmental. In addition, her style incorporates music, art, and walk & talk therapy. She works collaboratively with her clients to determine the best approach and feels the strength of the therapeutic relationship is central to the success of therapy. Krystal believes in (and embraces) experimentation: the freedom to test things out and see how they fit, to explore the various facets of yourself, and to allow for complexities, contradictions, and messiness.
Krystal specializes in working with people of color, the coming out process, increasing self-esteem, assertiveness, trauma, depression, and relationship concerns through strength-based modalities, LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy, Trauma-Informed therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Krystal is an active, loving, supportive member of the LGBTQ+ community. While she is certainly not versed in ALL cultures, she is incredibly respectful of others’ beliefs, customs, and traditions.