Gary Brainerd, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Marriage Therapist

Location: 595 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 405, Pasadena 91101
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Relationship TherapyDepression
Communication TrainingAnxiety
Building On The PositiveStess At Work And At Home

For over forty years, Dr. Brainerd has worked with individuals, couples and families to help them understand and find relief from emotional distress and solutions for troubling and puzzling problems. He combines working on problems with enhancing the quality of life.

Craig Clark, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Location Near Therapist: Pasadena, CA
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PsychologistsMarriage Therapist
Marriage CounselorCareer Counselor
Adult PsychotherapistParenting Education

Dr. Clark has served South Pasadena and surrounding areas as a psychologist since 1990, and is available six days/week to help people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, offering adult psychotherapy, marriage counseling, family counseling, and careeer counseling.

Mary Ann Aronsohn, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Location Near Therapist: Pasadena, CA
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Family Law IssuesStepfamilies
Divorce Coach (Collaborative)Teenagers
Co-Parenting (Separate Houses)Couples' Therapy

Guiding people through the restructuring of life because of separation/divorce is my specialty, including co-parenting, divorce coaching, and other aspects of family law matters. We'll help you keep your dignity, stay out of court, and preserve your relationships.

Tracey Cleantis, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: Pasadena 91105
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Grief/LossMeaning of Life
Relationship IssuesDreams
Self-EsteemChildhood Issues

In order to facilitate healing, I work to create a space where is it safe for you to share yourself, where you will always feel supported, and where you will make conscious what was previously unconscious. I look forward to joining you on your path to healing.

Wendy Davis, M.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Location Near Therapist: Pasadena, CA
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Trauma/Posttraumatic StressSelf-Esteem/Personal Growth
Family Of OriginRelationship Issues/Intimacy
Work/Life BalancePhysical/Sexual Abuse

It is very important to me that you feel truly listened to and understood in a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment. We can then begin to foster an increased sense of clarity, and to create the conditions for change.

Morella Hammer, M.A.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy

Location Near Therapist: Pasadena, CA
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AdultPre-Marital Counseling

I provide an environment that is empathetic, warm, compassionate & enthusiastic – an environment that facilitates personal change and growth. Since relationships & communication are central to so many of the issues we face, I specialize in Imago Relationship Therapy.

Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Location: 650 Sierra Madre Villa, Suite 110, Pasadena 91107
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Individual PsychotherapyMarital Counseling
Child TherapyAnxiety
DepressionChristian Counseling
Pre-Marital CounselingRelationship Issues

I am the director of the La Vie Center with over 30 psychologists, MFT's and staff therapists with a wide range of fees and specialties, and we have been helping people since 1980. Because of our size and our experience we will have a counselor that is right for you.

Charles R Barr, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Location: 131 N. El Molino Ave., Ste. 220, Pasadena 91101
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Anxiety, PanicAgoraphobia
Social AnxietyDriving/Flying Phobias

Specializing in Anxiety Disorders, Panic, Phobias, OCD, Stress, Relaxation Training - Adults and Children

Lauren Stevenson, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Location: 444 South Marengo Ave. , Pasadena 91101
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Cognitive Behavioral TherapyPsychological Testing
Anxiety DisordersDepression
ADHD Treatment and AssessmentLearning Disability Evaluations
OCD and Panic DisorderRelationship Issues

Dr. Stevenson's specialty is in integrating a comfortable therapeutic environment with scientifically proven interventions , all designed in collaboration with her clients to bring them the best possible outcomes and highest levels of success.

Curtis Miller, MFT, Psy.D., D. Min., M.A., M.Div.

Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychotherapy

Location: 482 N. Rosemead Blvd., Suite 207, Pasadena 91007
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TraumaBlended Families
Depression & AnxietyFamily Conflict
DivorceSexual Addiction

I work with a community of therapists committed to the understanding and transformation of emotional life. It is our goal to help people engage in this process through dialogue that is direct and authentic. If not me, I can direct you to one of my colleagues.

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City of Pasadena
California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Therapy Pasadena California

Counseling Temple City, Arcadia, Glendale, Alhambra, Sierra Madre, Altadena, South Pasadena

With a population around 138,000 people,1 Pasadena is a well-known city in California. For one, the city hosts the Rose Bowl football game on New Year's Day, preceded by the Tournament of Roses Parade, which is fun for the whole family. Some of the other well-known facts about Pasadena include CalTech University and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which are leading scientific and cultural institutions that design and manufacture robotics and spacecraft for NASA. Not only is Pasadena known for its science advancement, but also for its culinary arts and theatre with the Art Center College of Design, the Pasadena Playhouse, as well as the California School of Culinary Arts Pasadena. The city is located approximately 10 miles northeast of Los Angeles and is the sixth largest city in the Los Angeles area. Pasadena is considered the premier place to live within the San Gabriel Valley.

Mental Health in Pasadena

Pasadena has seen significant growth over the last twenty years. As more and more people have moved to the area, local mental health agencies have struggled to keep up with the demand for their services. As a result, many people who need counseling and related therapeutic services go without. The need for care is present for children, adults, and families, and especially so for underserved groups such as minorities and the homeless.2

The Pasadena Mental Health Service was founded in 1965, and in the years since, has helped countless thousands of Pasadena citizens with mental health issues through their many support services. Parents can take a number of parenting classes in order to brush up on their parenting skills. Children who are involved in the criminal justice system can participate in the Youth Accountability Program to get back on track. Family support services are also available. For additional information, call the Pasadena Mental Health Service at 626-798-0907.3

Current Education

Not far from Pasadena is the University of Southern California (USC). USC has a top-rated social work program that offers graduate degrees who want to practice as a clinical social worker. Students in the program gain the knowledge and skills they need to help others achieve life-enhancing change. Classroom learning is supplemented by field experiences that give students on-the-job training. Multiple areas of concentration are available, as are several dual-degree options. Online courses help those who cannot commute to continue their studies. For further information, call the USC Department of Social Work at 213-740-2013.4


1. United States Census Bureau. (2014). State and County Quickfacts - Pasadena, California. Retrieved from
2. County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health. (2009). Prevention and Early Intervention Plan. Retrieved from
3. Pasadena Mental Health Center. (2014). Our Programs and Services. Retrieved from
4. The University of Southern California. (2013). MSW Overview. Retrieved from