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Melissa Springstead, MFT

Melissa Springstead, MFT

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults

"I am an MFT with experience tutoring, teaching and offering psychotherapy to adolescents, children and their families. Though I work together with clients ..." read more

Pasadena, CA 91105

Melissa Springstead, MFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 16970

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Puja Chhabra, LCSW, RYT-200

Puja Chhabra, LCSW, RYT-200

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Other

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults

"Our minds are like vast, neglected historical museums - here barely lit, there flooded with radiance, filled for the most past with figures of our selves a..." read more

Pasadena, CA 91105

Puja Chhabra, LCSW, RYT-200 Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 21989

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Jennifer Shim Lovers, LMFT

Jennifer Shim Lovers, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults, Elders

"Are you, your child, teen or family going through a difficult time? Whether you're going through stress, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, trauma, or..." read more

Pasadena, CA 91101

Jennifer Shim Lovers, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 12996

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Ryan Howes, PhD, ABPP

Ryan Howes, PhD, ABPP

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Psychology

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"I approach my clients with curiosity, a non-judgmental attitude, and a desire to collaborate as we search for solutions. I encourage people to bring it all..." read more

Pasadena, CA 91101

Ryan Howes, PhD, ABPP Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 13000

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Sandra Ascencio

Sandra Ascencio

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults

"I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in treating adults, teens, children, and infants for an array of issues including anxiety, depressio..." read more

Pasadena, CA 91101

Northridge, CA 91325

Sandra Ascencio Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 19942

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Mary Beth James, MA, LMFT

Mary Beth James, MA, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults, Elders

"My approach is compassionate, non-judgmental, and strengths-based. I am here to help you problem-solve, learn new coping skills, and develop healthier habi..." read more

Pasadena, CA 91104

Mary Beth James, MA, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 21270

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Dr. Julie Mikashus

Dr. Julie Mikashus

Verified Credentials

Psychology

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"I specialize in helping people who are going through difficult life phases and transitions that are causing symptoms of anxiety, depression, or relationshi..." read more

Pasadena, CA 91101

Dr. Julie Mikashus Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00514

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Katherine Carter, LMFT

Katherine Carter, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling, Pastoral Counseling

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"The thought of entering counseling can be intimidating, especially if this is your first time setting foot in a therapist's office. That's why my goal is t..." read more

Pasadena, CA 91104

Katherine Carter, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 16649

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Megan Ankrum Vaughn, MFTI

Megan Ankrum Vaughn, MFTI

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"Are you feeling overwhelmed with your feelings, your relationships, or maybe life in general? I get it. When life feels unmanageable, therapy can be the an..." read more

Pasadena, CA 91101

Megan Ankrum Vaughn, MFTI Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 22076

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Jim Jacobsen, MA, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

Jim Jacobsen, MA, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Other

Age groups I work with: Adults

"Psychotherapy, as I understand and practice it, is mostly about exploring your unique inner world in a genuine relationship with an empathic and supportive..." read more

Pasadena, CA 91101

Jim Jacobsen, MA, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 13067

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Pasadena, California is located in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County. Although it is part of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, the largest civic mental health division in the United States, Pasadena prides itself on taking ownership of the mental health and psychological well-being of its approximately 134,000 residents. The Pasadena Public Health Department was implemented over 100 years ago and stands with only two other California cities that take full responsibility for the well-being of citizens through a variety of community services and programs1. The goal of the Pasadena Public Health Department is to help each resident achieve the highest level of physical, mental, economic, social, and spiritual health.

 

Mental Health Statistics
Rates of mental illness and emotional disturbance for Pasadena are incorporated into the rates for the region at large. The California Health and Human Services Agency reported that in Los Angeles County in 2000, 6.4% of all adults and 7.8% of young people had a serious mental illness or emotional disturbance2.

 

Substance use is another major problem in the greater Los Angeles area, including Pasadena. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association estimates that nearly 15.4% of all adult residents in the region have used illicit drugs, including prescription pain medication and marijuana. Of all area residents, nearly 9% have reported a substance abuse or dependency problem while roughly 6% have had a major depressive episode3. These psychological and addiction issues have led to one of the highest inpatient 72-hour psychiatric evaluation rates in the state. Over 46,000 Los Angeles County residents were admitted to a facility for evaluation during the years of 2008 and 20094.

 

City-Sponsored Mental Health Resources
The Pasadena Recovery Center is funded by the city’s health department and has been providing addiction treatment, recovery, and therapeutic services to residents of Pasadena for more than three decades. The outpatient recovery program offers individual therapy, group counseling, family and partner groups, and interventions addressing domestic violence, anger, and parenting issues. The treatment services at the Recovery Center are affiliated with the California Office of Alcohol and Drug Programs and are sponsored by CalWORK and General Relief services5.

 

Prevention is one of the core elements of recovery, and the center partners with agencies, community groups, nonprofit organizations, churches, schools, and others willing to bring awareness and education to those in need. Another successful branch of the center is the Driving Under the Influence program which provides individual and group counseling, education, and workshops in both Spanish and English.

 

The Andrew Escajeda Comprehensive Care Services (AECCS)6 is also part of the Pasadena Public Health Department and offers comprehensive HIV/AIDS services to residents. Through outpatient and outreach programs, AECCS has been providing compassionate, competent mental and medical treatment for more than 20 years. Mental health services at AECCS include crisis intervention, continuing care referrals, assessments, case management, personalized treatment plans, brief counseling, and medication monitoring. AECCS is just one more opportunity for personalized, community-based, client-centered care offered through the city of Pasadena.

 

1 The City of Pasadena, Department of Public Health. (2013). About the Public Health Department. Retrieved from http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/PublicHealth/

2 California Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Mental Health. (2004). Original Prevalence Data Based on the 2000 Census Estimates of Prevalence of Persons with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) and Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Los Angeles County. Retrieved from http://www.dmh.ca.gov/statistics_and_data_analysis/docs/Prevalence_Rates/Los%20Angeles/Table1.pdf

3 SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2012) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2005 and 2006 to 2010. Substance Use and Mental Disorders in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana MSA. Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUHMetroBriefReports/NSDUH-Metro-Los-Angeles.pdf

4 California Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Mental Health. (2011). Adult 72-hour evaluations and treatments by county fiscal year 2008-2009. Retrieved from http://www.dmh.ca.gov/statistics_and_data_analysis/docs/InvoluntaryDetention_FY08-09/Rep0809_final_rev_21oct11.pdf

5 City of Long Beach, Department of Health and Human Services. (2013). Overview, center for families and youth. Retrieved from http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/publichealth/recovery_center/

6 The City of Pasadena, Department of Public Health. (2013). Andrew Escajeda Comprehensive Care Services. Retrieved from http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/publichealth/AECCS/