Chris Tickner, PhD, MFT, Psychologist in Pasadena, California, 91101

Chris Tickner, PhD, MFT

Chris Tickner, PhD, MFT

Professions: Psychotherapist, Psychologist, Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 42576
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 00343
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427 S. Marengo
Pasadena, California 91101
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Holistic Psychotherapy for the Body, Mind and Spirit! ...because sometimes words are not enough.

"At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want." -Lao Tzu

Reaching out for help is not easy for most of us. I feel it is vital that from the first moment of contact, my job is to make the people I work with feel safe, heard and accepted. There is nothing worse than feeling judged, shamed and alone with your problems.

In my practice, I combine ancient mindfulness techniques, the latest research on the body/mind connection, neuropsychology, along with good old compassion and humor to form a powerful therapy that is transformative and holistic.

While I believe that what we do as therapists, the interventions we use, are important, what is more important to me is how human we are. In my experinece, people want to feel accepted and understood. This only happens when the therapist is clear, experienced, and has the capacity for deep empathy and compassion.

Email or Call Chris Tickner, PhD, MFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00343

More Info About My Practice

What is Somatic Psychology? Somatic Psychology (body mind psychotherapy, body-oriented psychotherapy, etc.) is a holistic form of therapy that respects and utilizes the powerful connection between body, mind and spirit. How we are in this world, how we relate to ourselves and others, is not just purely about the mind or our thoughts, but is also deeply rooted in our bodies and our spirits. Somatic Psychology has a long and rich history and is primarily derived from the theories and practices of Wilhelm Reich, a psychoanalyst and student of Sigmund Freud. Since that time, it has been influenced by existential, humanistic and gestalt psychology, dance, movement and art therapy, family and systems theory, biology, neurology, and Far Eastern philosophy and spirituality. Individuals seek this form of treatment for similar reasons they might look to more traditional talk therapy, to address stress, anxiety, depression, relationship and sexuality issues, grief and loss, addictions, trauma including abuse recovery, as well as more purely medical reasons including pain, headaches, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Somatic Psychotherapy includes many different techniques that can be utilized depending on the specific needs of each client. Such interventions can include developing mindfulness and awareness of ones physical presence using relaxation and meditative techniques; movement in order to promote a deeper physical awareness and to expand ones capacity to feel and express emotions; breathing techniques to increase awareness of and improve functioning of the breath.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Dr. Tickner is an expert in treating male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. 1 in at least every 6 men in the US were sexually abused as a child, yet this population is under-identified and under-served. One of Chris' passions is to bring healing to this population, and his doctoral dissertation is dedicated to the same.

My Role as a Therapist

My role as a therapist is to support my patients on their own healing journeys. You know more about your past, your suffering, and what you want or need to change than I do. I am expert in how to get there. My job is to help you become the person you were born to be.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

My advice is to test the waters. I often suggest to prospective clients to find at least three potential therapists that seem like a good fit. Then schedule initial consultations with them. Get a taste of how they are, what they are like. Therapy can be hard, and it is most important that you feel comfortable and safe with your therapist. If you don't, move on.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

Extensive research on the outcome of psychotherapy points to the importance of the therapeutic relationship. The strength of this relationship is more important than the therapist's training or orientation. Because of this, a skilled therapist will make you feel comfortable, safe and heard. They won't give advice all the time, but will spend most of the time listening to you, making you feel understood. A good therapist is one that works to build trust and safety.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Trauma victims, survivors of abuse recovery (sexual, emotional, physical), couples dealing with infidelity, mid-life transition, spiritual crisis

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Core Energetics
  • Dance / Movement Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Focusing
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Hakomi
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Integrative Body Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Shamanic Journeying / Psychoshamanic
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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