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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.
THOMAS BLAKE, AMFT
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, California
Thomas is an associate marriage and family therapist in Pasadena, California, specializing in LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy. Thomas has worked for The LGBTQ Center and The Trevor Project. During his time there, he developed the curriculum and successfully launched a Trans Ally Support Group, that continues to grow today. Thomas believes providing a safe and affirming environment is critical to providing clients with the space necessary for them to begin to process trauma and address the challenges preventing them from building the life and affirming relationships they seek.
In addition to providing LGBTQ+ affirmative care, Thomas is passionate about integrating narrative therapy, trauma-informed somatic based therapies, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) into his work. Having provided services for a national suicide prevention hotline, Thomas is comfortable working with a variety of challenges, including clients struggling with complex trauma, self-harm, and suicidal ideation.
Thomas enjoys working with individuals of all ages. Additionally, he has experience working with couples and families, and is currently facilitating several process groups including a process group for LGBTQ+ community, a Trans Ally support group, and a social skills group for children. Thomas is currently providing in-person and telehealth sessions, and is supervised by Bren M. Chasse, LMFT94662.