• Pasadena native and with strong ties in this community.
  • Married with dogs who are "therapy dogs" in name only since they wouldn't pass the therapy dog certification!    
  • Love exploring the outdoors in our 40s style teardrop trailer. 
  • Motorcycle license that I don't really use. 
  • Pottery wheel and metal working/bead studio at home. 
  • Heavy metal and jazz enthusiast!
  • Personal experience with both the rigors of private school as well as public school education.
  • MA in Clinical Art Therapy/ Marriage and Family Therapy from Loyola Marymount University, department honors. 
  • I have been a practicing clinician since 2005 and was licensed by the State of California in 2010. 
  • I am a Board Member and Director at Large for the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (SGV-CAMFT) since 2013 and a member of CAMFT.
  • Member American Art Therapy Association (AATA) 
  • Contracted with LACHSA (Los Angeles County High School for the Arts)

  • ​Relationships ~ family or love lives
  • ​New stages in life, e.g., divorce/separation, school problems/changes, college adjustment, job changes
  • Stressed out and smart teens are showing signs of depression, anxiety, cutting, drug use and more, often without their parents being fully aware. These are the teens/families walking through my door. 
  • Teenage independence
  • ​School stress
  • College transition process (application to leaving the nest).
  • Anxiety, fear, feeling stuck
  • Depression, thoughts of suicide, self-injury, e.g., cutting
  • Gender and sexual Identity issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Parenting problems
  • Dealing with divorce/separation for both adults and children
  • Child behavioral concerns
  • Trauma, emotional, physical or sexual abuse
  • People who want to live happier and healthier lives!

personally speaking

Areas of focus i typically work with

My professional style

The comfortable relationship you have with your therapist is THE most important factor. This is true whether you're working with children, teens or adults. I'm down to earth, love to laugh and bring years of experience working with amazing teenagers, adults and families.  I have no agenda other than helping my clients feel and do better. Simple goals with sometimes complex ways to get there. But we will!

Rachel Ward,LMFT, ATR​​