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Cristina Mardirossian, Founder and Director of Pasadena Trauma Therapy, Inc.

United States

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Certified EMDR therapist in Pasadena, CA. I am an LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC affirmative therapist. I work predominately with adult trauma survivors/ Complex PTSD (sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, physical abuse, dissociation, incest, cult survivors, etc). I also help clients work through issues of attachment disorders, depersonalization/derealization, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, codependency issues, etc.

My main approach in working with trauma truly lies in doing Parts Work using the Structural Dissociation Model by  Janina Fisher lens. We all have parts of ourselves, that show up differently (each with their own thoughts, feelings and motivations) depending on who we are with. When it comes to trauma, parts of the self could be stuck in time. In other words, the adult part of the self has already survived the worst. However, symptoms from the past, such as panic, anxiety, body memories, nightmares, etc. continue to show up as a reminder of the trauma. This could be a form of communication from inner child parts that are still needing attention. In using this model, trauma survivors can see that “All Parts All Welcome.” When these parts of the self are heard, validated, and made to feel seen, they can be unburdened from their old ways of survival. I believe we all have an innate capacity for healing and it would be my honor to help you uncover yours.

Treatment Approach

I also use the following Trauma Modalities in my practice:
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
EMDR Certified
Brainspotting: Level 1 & 2, David Grand’s Master class, and Expansion Brainspotting
Trauma Resiliency Module (somatic therapy)
The Havening Techniques®
TF-CBT
Complex Trauma Certification Training Level 1 & 2 (CCTP/CCTP-II) Course with Janina Fisher (specific training to treat Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders)/Parts Work
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Trauma Regulation Integration Process (T.R.I.P)

All modalities are very effective in treating traumas. 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that has been successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, nightmares, etc. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation (such as eye movements or tapping) while the client attends to past memories and triggers in an effort to decrease or eliminate emotional distress connected to the memory. 

Brainspotting is a somatic therapy that helps clients access the subcortical (non-verbal) part of the brain, where trauma is typically stored. According to the creator of Brainspotting, David Grand, “where you look affects how you feel.” Since our eyes give us access to the subcortical brain, Brainspotting uses the visual field as a way to help release stored memories. If you’d like more information on Brainspotting, please click here.

Trauma Resiliency Module(TRM) is a somatic approach that helps clients with traumatic stress reactions by learning skills to help stabilize the mind and body. Clients will learn to track body sensations and bring balance back to the nervous system. I am a Certified TRM practitioner.

The Havening Techniques® are powerful tools that can be used to treat the consequences of encoded traumatic or stressful memories. It is designed to change the brain to de-traumatize memory and remove its negative effects from both our psyche and body. I am a Certified Havening Techniques Practitioner. If you’d like more information on Havening, please click here.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help children, adolescents, and their caretakers overcome trauma-related difficulties.

Complex Trauma Certification Training Level 1 & 2 (CCTP/CCTP-II) Course with Janina Fisher (specific training to treat Trauma, Complex Trauma, and Dissociative Disorders). This modality includes Sensorimotor, Internal Family Systems (parts-work), and mindfulness strategies that help clients connect to their minds, bodies, emotions, and traumatic events without feeling overwhelmed and avoidant.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) Level 1 actively incorporates awareness of the body, targeting the habits of physical action, autonomic dysregulation, and posture. By addressing the physical as well as the psychological effects of adverse experiences on the mind and body, SP supports a deep, effective, and unified approach to healing. SP for the treatment of trauma equips therapists to better understand the symptoms and issues related to trauma and traumatic attachment and to work with them in a more effective way. If you’d like more information on SP, please click here.

Trauma Regulation Integration Process (T.R.I.P) The T.R.I.P approach involves working with trauma and its impact on the person as a whole. This approach recognizes that frequently memories are implicit and stored at a body level. The assumption of T.R.I.P is that the body, brain, emotions, beliefs, sensations, and relationships are needing both regulation and integration for the person to feel alive, and are able to live in the present.

If you would like more information on T.R.I.P., please click here.

Contact

8184346051

491 S. Marengo Ave

www.pasadenatraumatherapy.com

Insurance:

Insurance is not accepted, but we could provide you with a monthly statement (called a Superbill) which you may then submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.

Therapy Type:

Individual psychotherapy

Details

$250

Either in-person or online

CA

Waitlist for new clients