Sam Alibrando, Ph.D.

Sam Alibrando, Ph.D.

Professions: Coaching, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychology
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Psychology - PSY 11663
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 10096
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Pasadena, California 91101 - United States

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Our philosophy and approach to psychotherapy is creating a safe environment (based on mutual trust, understanding and respect). And in this safe environment we can explore personal dynamics and experiences that lead to greater freedom, better relationships and personal happiness and responsibility. We believe that the essence of any successful therapy is the quality of the relationship and respecting the whole person: mind, body and soul.

If you want to know what we believe please see my book: Follow the Yellow Brick Road: How to Change for the Better When Life Gives You Its Worst. In the book I propose the importance of developing personal POWER (Lion), liberating LOVE (Tin Man) and grounding MINDFULNESS (Scarecrow).

Email or Call Sam Alibrando, Ph.D. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 10096

More Info About My Practice

Here are few more things:
1. We work with individuals and families based on their current ability to pay. And if you need a really low fee, we can help with a referral.
2. We will also help process insurance through our electronic billing system.
3. I am also trained as a business / organizational consultant, so I am able to help people who also have business/leadership related concerns.
4. Dr. Alibrando is a Continuing Education presenter for GoodTherapy. He presented on the Interpersonal Triangle from his upcoming book

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

Whether it is with an teenage boy who is not doing well in school, a divorcing couple, a depressed person who is not able to get going, a man caught in a destructive sex addiction, a marketing team that is having internal conflict or and executive leading a division of a company, I like (no LOVE) interacting and connecting with people in a way that brings out a dynamic process of discovery and transformation. Clients will often say something about how I have helped them and I always respond the same way, "No, WE helped you." Real change is a PARTNERSHIP and that is what I love, the collaboration of two (or more) people toward greater health and fulfillment.

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

I have written several articles on "toxic therapy." Unfortunately not all therapist have the same level of competence and frankly mental health. Therapy works. If it did not work for you before, try looking for someone else. Do not look for someone NICE, look for someone who "hears" you and is not afraid to tell you honestly about what they observe but always with respect and understanding.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

People who do NOT go to therapy often are flawed. The most courageous thing that we can do as a human being is to look honestly at ourselves. In my book, I talk about how we have to face our "Witches" and they melt. Faces "Witches" takes courage and a great deal of integrity and fortunately pays off in a better life and improved relationships.

What Makes up a Problem?

I believe that who we are is a dynamic (if not mysterious) interaction between genetics (our temperament, our personality) and our formative experiences (especially during childhood) and the choices that we make through out our life (our personal integrity). It is the complex interaction of these three dynamics that make us uniquely who we are. One of the most important choices that we can make in our life is the choice to look at ourselves honestly, without shame.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Mediation
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Other

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • Italian
  • Macedonian
  • Romanian
  • Slovak

Groups I Work With

    Couple Therapy, Sex Addiction, Organizational Consulting with Executives & Teams in Organizations, Collaborative Divorce, Coaching & Mediation

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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