About Kate DellaFera , ACSW
Pasadena Trauma Therapist
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW #102058
Supervised by Cristina Mardirossian, MFC #49234
I am a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker at Pasadena Trauma Therapy. I work often with folks navigating trauma, PTSD, complex trauma anxiety, stress, and relational issues. During our time together, we will identify patterns that no longer feel supportive and help you connect to your innate strengths as we work towards a more adaptive way of being.
My approach is warm, collaborative, curious, and trauma-sensitive. I believe that one of the most important aspects of a supportive therapy experience is a strong therapeutic relationship. I work from a relational perspective that will allow us to first establish a sense of safety and trust. I incorporate attachment theory, nervous system regulation, mindfulness, self- compassion, parts work, and somatic approaches into my practice. I practice the Trauma Resiliency Module(TRM). TRM is a somatic approach that helps clients with traumatic stress reactions by learning skills to help stabilize the mind and body. Clients will learn to track body sensations and bring balance back to the nervous system. I also practice Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a form of psychotherapy that has been successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, nightmares, etc. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation (such as eye movements or tapping) while the client attends to past memories and triggers, in efforts to decrease or eliminate emotional distress connected to the memory.
I am a native New Yorker who is now happy to call Los Angeles home. I received my MSW from the University of Southern California and my BA from New York University. I have had the honor of beginning my career in a variety of community mental health settings where I supported individuals navigating complex trauma and severe and persistent mental illness, and I am passionate about the accessibility of mental health care. When I am not working, I enjoy practicing yoga, cooking, gardening, and exploring the beautiful nature that California has to offer.
I feel honored to witness my clients in moments of transformation and look forward to meeting and supporting you as you navigate change and move towards a greater sense of safety and wholeness.
University of Southern California – Masters of Social Work
New York University – Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Study (Music & Culture)