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Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

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Sayun Scotton, MA, MFT

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Holistic Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples
I take a holistic, body-mind approach in psychotherapy and work with clients to cultivate a grounded, more compassionate vision of their lives. I am passionate about helping individuals and couples discover a deeper, lasting sense of security and intimacy within themselves and with one another. I will work with you to define and understand the source of your struggle, understand the purpose behind your patterns, reconnect with you essential parts of yourself, and improve your capacity to grow and accept change.

I work with DEPRESSION, GRIEF, SHAME, ANXIETY, TRAUMA, RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS, concerns around LIFE TRANSITIONS, as well as the issues surrounding cultural identity. While change is often an opportunity for significant personal growth, it is normal to feel overwhelmed by the internal and external pressures that accompany a change process. I provide a empathic, collaborative healing space in which to explore your thoughts, feelings and questions.

My theoretical framework is a combination of insight/depth-oriented, relational, cross-cultural, cognitive and somatic (body-oriented) psychotherapies. It is my belief that transformation and healing ultimately rest within us all. Therapy is a journey toward living more fully and reclaiming peace and wholeness. I do not presume to have the answers or know what is right for you. My job is to help you understand yourself as deeply as possible, so that you live and embrace your relationship with yourself and others in a way that is healthy, vibrant and meaningful for you.
Bio
My interest in psychology and human behavior evolved from being immersed in eastern and western cultures while growing up and a desire to make meaning from complexity and paradox. I was born a U.S. citizen in Vietnam, and have lived in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the United States.

Prior to setting up private practice in Pasadena, I provided psychotherapy to adults, children, and families agency clinics, school and women's shelters. I am Certified in EMDR trauma therapy and trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a treatment approach for resolving trauma based on the research of Dr. Pat Ogden and principles of the Hakomi Method. I received early infant mental health and parenting training through LA Child Guidance Clinic and The Echo Parenting and Education Center. My ongoing research focuses on the intersection between mindfulness and psychotherapy when working with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma and attachment.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Couples Therapy  Premarital Counseling
 Adoption  Depression  Relationship Issues
 Anger Management  Gifted / Talented Issues  Self Esteem Issues
 Anxiety and Panic  Grief and Loss  Stress Management
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Life Transitions  Trauma and PTSD
 Bicultural Difficulties  Loneliness  Women's Issues
 Body Image Issues  Marriage & Family Therapy  Work and Career Issues
 Caregiver Issues  Marriage Counseling
Certifications
 Certified EMDR Therapist (EMDRIA)  Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Education/Training
University of Virginia - BA in East Asian Studies
John F. Kennedy University - MA in Counseling Psychology
EMDR Level III with Laurel Parnell, Ph.D | EMDR Addictions Protocol with Robert Miller, Ph.D
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Externship with Sue Johnson, Ph.D
Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) with Stan Tatkin, Ph.D
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Trauma Training with Pat Ogden, Ph.D
Analytic Somatic Therapy with psychoanalyst John Conger, Ph.D
Hakomi Experiential Couples Therapy with Rob Fisher, MFT
Voice Dialogue Level I | Working with the Inner Critic with Deborah Morris, LCSW
Memberships
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, out-of-network PPO insurance
License:MFC 48357
Location
1191 E. Walnut Street
Suite 201
PasadenaCA 91106
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