Vanessa Fierstadt MS., Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, Counseling in Pasadena, California, 91106

Vanessa Fierstadt MS., Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Vanessa Fierstadt MS., Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Cigna
Fees: Free Phone Consultation
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


547 South Marengo Ave
Pasadena, California 91106
27951 Smyth Drive
Valencia, California 91355

My Approach to Helping

What I find to be most important in life is the authentic journey we create for ourselves. To be human is to experience loss on many levels. I feel honored to work with individuals who are seeking support adjusting to new life roles, loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship, families and individuals coping with illness. You should feel proud for for taking the first step, this is not a small thing. Therapy can be one of the most rewarding experiences. When we speak our truth we allow room for growth and healing. Whether you need to process a difficult situation, find help with a relationship, rediscover yourself, or are in need of support. You have come to the right place.

For an individual to feel whole we must first heal the relationship that we have with ourselves. To allow us to create healthy boundaries with toxic people or situations, speak up for our wants and needs, to feel safe and fulfilled at the end of each day. I want you to leave my office feeling empowered.

Therapy is a rare and personal experience and important to be tailored to each individual. You are unique. Together we will explore your past, present and create positive life goals and growth for your future. You are the most important part of this process and your voice will be heard.

I offer a holistic approach working mainly from an Existential background while incorporating Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression and anxiety concerns.

Grief and Loss is a population I work very closely with as I have found a trans formative purpose in specializing in this area. If you have lost a loved one you know that deep ache in the pit of your heart. How can I possibly live a life without my loved one? What will this new landscape look like? As your therapist I will be there alongside you to let you know you aren't losing your mind or going crazy as most people describe they early stages of grief just as such. You have lost a partner in life whether a spouse, parent, sibling or friend. The world should feel different, they are no longer here. I want to learn about them, honor them through you and support you on this new path as we walk through "griefs unknown wilderness" together. Together we will find tools along the way to keep you grounded, safe and connected to life again.

I offer Individual and Group Therapy sessions. Please contact me for Current groups forming : The Courage to Grieve Group, Mindfulness for Anxiety and Stress reduction, Relationship Support Group.

I also have extensive work with Adult & Family issues, Teens, Autism spectrum, Couples, Anxiety/Depression, Children and groups. Addiction and Recovery. LGBTQ.

More Info About My Practice

I have two office Locations Valencia and Pasadena. Feel free to call me to discuss which location would better suit your needs. I offer a free phone consultation with any questions or guidance you may need.

I offer Super Billing for most Insurance Providers
Avg Cost Per session ranges from $120-150
Currently accepting Cigna

How Psychotherapy Can Help

It has been my experience that while our society often stigmatizes mental health most of the population that enters into therapy find it to be one of the most healthy and rewarding self commitments in their lives. Out of all the busy-ness of life, therapy cant truly be that breathe of fresh air. That one hour a week just for "you". To process it all, let go, exploring how to get your needs met, and then watching yourself start to make the stepping stones to get to where you want to be. Living authentically and speaking your truth. Pretty awesome work to witness.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

I will always say "go with your gut". I don't think it will lead you in the wrong direction. You should feel safe, be able to ask questions and be apart of each step along the way.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • 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

    Specializing in Grief and Loss/Bereavement Counseling. I provide Individual as well as Group Therapy.
    *Loss of a loved one * Spousal Loss* Loss of a parent or Child*

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Love
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
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