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Therapist in Pasadena, California

Bren is a leading therapist in Pasadena, California, who specializes in working with clients that have experienced trauma. In conjunction to her psychodynamic approach, Bren is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which allows clients to rapidly process the trauma of their past and regain a feeling of control over intrusive traumatic memories, feelings of dissociation or disconnection with their body, and re-establish a feeling of being fully embodied.  In addition to being EMDR certified, Bren has trained at the master level in Attachment-Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR), and is an Approved Consultant by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).

Complimenting her work with trauma, Bren specializes in working with children and families experiencing high-conflict divorce, family violence, and those with DCFS and family court involvement.  Further, Bren has worked extensively on high-profile cases, that, by their very nature, require a level of understanding of the legal system that can, otherwise be challenging to find within the field of psychology.  Additionally, Bren has been a guest lecturer at several universities, clinical organizations, and the Department of Mental Health (DMH). 

Bren is a licensed marriage and family therapist located in the heart of Pasadena, California, wherein she provides in-person and telehealth sessions.  Bren works with individuals of all ages and has specialized training in working with children 0-5 years of age.  Bren provides her clients with a safe space to explore their past experiences, gain greater insight into the impact of those experiences, strengthen their relationships, increase resilience, and heal the painful wounds of their past.  


In addition to her work as a trauma expert, Bren specializes in eating disorders and disordered eating patterns.  Bren has been a guest lecturer at several universities and clinical organizations.  Additionally, Bren is a CAMFT-Approved CEU provider that regularly facilitates workshops on the social construction of eating disorders, working with binge eating disorder, and providing comprehensive psychosocial pre-surgical bariatric assessments for those considering or in the process of undergoing bariatric weight loss surgery. Having undergone the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure herself, Bren has a personal connection to this work.  She has a unique understanding of the personal and psychological impact of weight loss surgery on an individual, as well as the impact on his or her family. Bren provides pre-surgical psychological assessments required for surgery approval. Bren works with her clients to ensure they are informed and prepared for the challenges ahead and are well equipped to cope effectively with any potential obstacles to their success. 

In addition to her clinical work, Bren is devoted to expanding the knowledge base for trauma within the field of psychology.  She is committed to supporting all mental health providers in increasing their ability to support their client’s capacity to heal from trauma.  Bren is a Professional Member and an approved continuing education provider for the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (CAMFT) and a Professional Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).    

Bren received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UCLA.  She also has a Master’s in Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Conflict-Related Trauma and a second specialization in Child Studies from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families has fueled her passion for working with individuals who have experienced some form of psychological trauma. 

Bren’s dedication to advocacy work and commitment to providing trauma-informed care has led Bren to frequently serve as an expert witness in court. Further, Bren has experience providing expert testimony in high-profile cases, that, by their very nature, require a level of understanding of the judicial system that is unique to the profession of psychotherapy.