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BREN M. CHASSE, LMFT

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). Bren places great value on the neurophysiology of trauma. Specifically, Bren believes that effective trauma work requires a concrete understanding for the bidirectional impact of trauma on the brain-body connection, particularly through the vagus nerve.

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 who 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.

Jennifer Jenkins

JENNIFER JENKINS, AMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist in Pasadena, California

Jennifer is an associate marriage and family therapist in Pasadena, California, specializing in trauma, high conflict family relations, maternal mental health, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ affirmative care.  Jennifer believes providing a safe and affirming environment is critical to providing clients with the space necessary for them to begin to process past trauma and address the challenges preventing them from building the life and affirming relationships they seek.

Jennifer has extensive experience working with children and families that are court-mandated, experiencing high conflict family interactions, have DCFS involvement, and those that have experienced intimate partner violence.  Jennifer is particularly passionate about working with individuals that have experienced a rupture in the parent-child bond.

In addition to her other work, Jennifer has vast experience working with the LGBTQ+ community.  Jennifer has a deep appreciation for the challenges and stressors unique to the LGBTQ+ community.  While it is not uncommon to experience relationship challenges and existential questions regarding one’s identity, navigating these can be particularly complex for the LGBTQ+ population due, in part, to the frequent messages they receive that their sexuality and/or gender expression is somehow unacceptable.

Jennifer is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which she interweaves along with attachment and somatic-based training in her work with children of all ages, adults, couples, and families.  Additionally, Jennifer is also trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Jennifer enjoys working with individuals of all ages.  Additionally, she is currently facilitating several process groups, including a female sexual abuse survivors’ group, a group for survivors of narcissistic abuse, and a social skills group for children.  Jennifer provides both in-person and telehealth sessions, and is supervised by Bren M. Chasse, LMFT# 94662.

Karina Castaneda

KARINA CASTANEDA, AMFT

Lead Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, California

Karina is a bilingual Spanish-speaking associate marriage and family therapist in Pasadena, California, specializing in infant and child development, including work with at-risk youth, neurodivergent disorders, and developmental delays. Working from an attachment-based lens, Karina is passionate about supporting families and children experiencing conflict and a variety of stressors, including high conflict family dynamics.

Karina has a strong appreciation for the relationship between the body and the brain, thus integrating mindfulness, self-regulation, and other somatic-based modalities into her work.  Karina is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which she interweaves along with mindfulness practices and somatic-based training in her work with children of all ages, adults, couples, and families.  Karina is currently facilitating several process groups, including a weekly process group for survivors of sexual abuse, and two social skills groups; one for elementary school-aged children and a process group for teens.  Karina is currently providing in-person and telehealth services, and is supervised by Bren M. Chasse, LMFT94662.

Laurie Sorenson

LAURIE SORENSON, AMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, California

Laurie is an associate marriage and family therapist in Pasadena, California, specializing in trauma, high conflict family relations, and working with children. Laurie is passionate about supporting children, couples, families, and adults as they heal and develop a deeper understanding of themselves. She draws from an interdisciplinary background in biology, and utilizes neuroscience to inform her work with those who have experienced trauma and adversity in their life. Laurie employs an integrative approach through an attachment and neuro-relational lens to understand the way in which development can influence how we experience and interact with the world around
us.

Laurie is also trained in child-centered play therapy (CCPT) and incorporates her deep understanding of child development into her work with children of all ages through the use of art, play, sandtray, music, cinema, writing, and literature. Additionally, Laurie is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which she interweaves along with attachment and somatic-based training in her work with children of all ages, adults, couples, and families.

Laurie offers a safe, validating space where she works collaboratively with clients to deepen their understanding of themselves, increase self-agency and adaptive skills, and enhance connection. Laurie is supervised by Bren M. Chasse, LMFT #94662 and provides in-person and telehealth services.