JJ Brake


JJ Brake


Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 110313
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: My fees range from $120-$150 for individual 50 minutes sessions. Couples can choose to meet for sessions between 50 minutes, 80 minutes or 100 minutes starting at $150 depending on the length of the session.


28 N. Oak Ave.
Ste 204
Pasadena, California 91107

My Approach to Helping

Truth is, it's all about connection. You need to feel connected to your Therapist as you both work together. No matter how many theoretical orientations a therapist has at their fingertips, it will never replace human connection. My job is to create a safe therapeutic relationship that will allow you to explore and possibly heal past (or current) experiences. My passion is working with relationships... and communication... communication is the foundation of most relationships! When relationships become challenging, or when LIFE becomes challenging, you can become stuck in old, possibly negative patterns. I believe there is always a way to become unstuck and evolve through the challenges. My style relies heavily on Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Attachment (how has your experience growing up impacted current relationships?), Psychoanalysis (do your current relationships indicate a past pattern or experience that is "haunting" your ability to be authentic? Did experiences in your past create insecurity, shame, guilt, fear or anxiety?), and finally humor. Yep, humor. Because who says therapy can't have moments of lightness? I might argue that the lightness is a guide through the darkness, and that's what I hope to offer to you.

More Info About My Practice

My fee ranges from $120-$150 and I am able to offer insurance in the form of a super bill. Sessions are 50 minutes for individuals and children. Couples sessions can range from 50-100 minutes (1hr, 40 minutes) based on the needs of the couple.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is not about one type of theoretical orientation (CBT, DBT, Psychoanalysis, Emotion Focused Therapy, etc) it's about custom tailoring all styles of therapy in a way that works only for you! No matter how many theories a therapist knows, none of it works if it doesn't fully take you into account. Especially working with couples I believe the process is delicate and requires an expert touch to contain large emotions. Psychotherapy needs a skilled artist/therapist (a Thartist... I made that up) at the helm that can fluidly move with you while you work in session. I also see the Client as an active participant that week after week works hard to unpack challenging events during sessions too. The therapist-client relationship propels the work towards the goals you determine for yourself. It's a dance. And a good Thartist knows how to dance!

My Role as a Therapist

My role as a therapist is to be an enlightened witness to your journey. I do not believe a therapist should offer advice or a quick fix or tell you what you "should" do in order to be happy. As a therapist, I believe strongly in unconditional acceptance (I'm not the judgy type) so I can be a source of support for you while you move through emotions and vulnerability. And here's the thing, nothing shocks me. Seriously. You need to be able to freely talk about all aspects of your life and not feel as though you need to "take care" of me. My job as a therapist is to contain any and ALL information you need to discuss. If you do not feel safe enough to talk about the uncomfortable then let's figure out how I can support you so you can experience the freedom you need to work through everything that is alive for you.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Couples, Trauma, Survivors

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Breakup
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy and Birthing

Types of Therapy

  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
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