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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). 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.


Alison Lieber, AMFT


Marriage and Family Therapist in Pasadena, California

Alison Hild (formerly Lieber) is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #136606 in Pasadena, California, specializing in infant and child development, parenting, high-conflict family dynamics, narcissistic abuse, and complex trauma.  Working from an attachment-based lens, Alison is passionate about supporting families and children experiencing conflict and a variety of stressors, including high conflict family dynamics.

 Alison has a strong appreciation for the mind-body relationship and holistic healing, and integrates mindfulness, self-regulation, and other somatic-based modalities throughout her clinical work.  Alison is trained in both EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and Brainspotting, which she interweaves along with mindfulness practices and somatic-based training in her work with children of all ages, adults, couples, and families.  

 In addition to her work above, Alison has extensive experience providing LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy.  Alison 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.

Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Alison worked for many years at a preschool, where she developed a unique appreciation for the way in which children express their thoughts, feelings, and how they respond to critical life events.  Alison brings a warm demeanor to the therapeutic relationship.  With a background in music, she employs a creative, intuitive, empathic, and integrative approach, which can include a blend of songs, art, play and narrative work.  Alison meets clients where they are at and creates a welcoming and cozy atmosphere where all clients can safely explore their inner worlds. Recognizing the therapeutic relationship is a sacred and heartfelt bond, Alison is committed to being a partner in healing along with her clients. She strives to help her clients find their voice, increase inner peace, and build the skills to cope with the ups and downs of life. Alison is currently providing in-person and telehealth services, and is supervised by Bren M. Chasse, LMFT #94662.

Alison Lieber, AMFT


Clinical Social Worker in Pasadena, California

Anna is an Associate Clinical Social Worker #102920 based in Pasadena, CA specializing in providing individualized care for children, teens, adults, high-conflict family dynamics, couples, and clients who have experienced trauma.  Anna is passionate about providing a warm, compassionate, trauma-informed, and highly relational space for clients to safely explore feelings, develop a deeper understanding of their lived experiences, and start their journey toward the life they envision. Anna is supervised by Bren Chasse, LMFT #94662 at Anchor Psychotherapy and accepts clients in-person and via telehealth.

With a Masters of Arts in Clinical Social Work and a commitment to lifelong learning, Anna uses her knowledge of multiple therapeutic models to mold each client’s healing path in a way that honors their unique, intersecting identities and therapeutic goals. While her overall clinical approach is rooted in psychodynamic and attachment-based theory, her work is also informed by models like Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), one of the leading therapies for processing trauma and lessening its effects, Anna collaborates with clients holistically to process trauma and adverse life experiences while prioritizing harm reduction and fostering client empowerment. Additionally, Anna’s clinical training also includes a focus on working with children to process trauma through child-centered play therapy.

With a background working in school-based and community mental health settings for Department of Mental Health and Department of Child and Family Services contracted programs, Anna has gained vast experience working as part of multidisciplinary teams. This experience has given her the ability to understand the unique intersectionality of mental health and the different systems clients may be involved with.  Anna is skilled in helping clients navigate the complexities within these systems and find their voice to help them advocate for themselves. In addition to this, Anna has extensive and unique experience working with survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual violence.  Anna has a deep understanding for the importance of tailoring interventions to the specific needs of her clients, while also honoring the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Anna believes in providing a collaborative, client-centered, and trauma-informed approach that focuses on the individual needs of each client and building a strong therapeutic relationship. She is passionate about helping her clients find balance, discover and shift unhelpful patterns, develop meaningful and healthy relationships, heal from trauma, and explore their authentic selves.  As a member of both the neurodivergent and LGBTQIA+ community, Anna is committed to inclusivity in her work and is identity-affirming.