Do you feel stuck, like something from your past is holding you back?

Is it difficult to keep disturbing memories or upsetting thoughts out of your mind?

Are you confused about why you're feeling so anxious and depressed?

Is your confidence at a low point?

 Holly A. Evans, mft -south pasadena Therapist

Holly A. Evans, mft -south pasadena Therapist

I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in helping women heal unresolved trauma, and find relief from the pain of past experiences and relationships.

Living through a traumatic or distressing experience can change how you feel about yourself and the world around you. And it takes so much energy to hide how you're really feeling or to stay silent about something that’s happened to you. Opening up about how you're struggling can be difficult. But remaining silent and trying to keep up the appearance that everything is okay is exhausting.

I work very hard to create a safe, supportive relationship with you so that you can openly explore the issues related to your struggles. As your therapist, I'll work with you to find ways to calm and support yourself through your challenges or distress, help you discover and build up your strengths, and develop a deeper understanding of yourself.

My goal is to help you free yourself from the hold that the past has on you, so that you can enjoy your life and your relationships more fully.

What Kind of Help Are You Looking For?

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Trauma/PTSD

For women with a history of trauma, including childhoods complicated by abuse and neglect. I commonly work with women who have endured sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. Growing up in a household with mental illness, alcoholism, or a lack of appropriate adult care are common life experiences for many of the women I work with. In addition to PTSD, trauma can lead to problems with depression and anxiety. 

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Overcoming Anxiety

 Anxiety is the most common mental health issue for women.  I offer treatment for anxiety including generalized anxiety (free floating), panic disorder, and social anxiety, as well as general stress management. 

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For New Moms

During pregnancy and postpartum, women face so many changes. Adjusting to life with a new baby can cause unexpected challenges, and problems with mood and anxiety. I offer therapy to support new moms in finding more ease and enjoyment during this important stage of life

Issues I Can Help With

  • Disturbing Childhood Memories

  • Anxiety, Panic, Persistent Worry

  • Feeling Stuck or Trapped

  • Childhood Abuse (Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse)

  • Assault (Sexual and Physical Assault)

  • Family Estrangements

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Nightmares/Flashbacks

  • Low Self Esteem

  • Depression

  • Traumatic Events (large and small) and Negative Life Experiences

  • Sudden Loss

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics

  • Pregnancy and Postpartum Adjustment

When working with you, I'll use different therapy approaches to respond to your specific experiences, preferences and needs.  This includes traditional talk therapies including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as EMDR (a therapy developed specifically to treat trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-PTSD).  

If you're ready to find out more about therapy and EMDR, I would love to talk to you about how I can help.  Please contact me today at (626) 808-5463 or send me an email at hollyaevansmft@gmail.com