About Kristen Muche , LCSW

Pasadena Trauma Therapist 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, #82170 (License in the state of California)

LCSW, #9946-C (License in the state of Nevada)

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with a passion for serving survivors of trauma and crime. I am constantly in awe of my clients and feel the greatest honor in being permitted into their lives and walking alongside them in their journeys toward posttraumatic growth and resiliency.


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I specialize in the treatment of complex trauma (aka C-PTSD), sexual violence and trafficking, generational trauma, gang and incarceration-related adversity, homelessness, and vicarious trauma in first responders. I also work with people who experience addiction, dissociation, and parts or alters (DID/OSDD). I base my work on Trauma-Informed Care and phase-oriented trauma recovery.


Trauma can take its toll and be confusing, definitive, fragmented, or even unspeakable. If you have survived something that has caused you pain, you deserve to heal and release what has been trapped inside of you without fear of judgment. Everyone experiences trauma in their own way; there is no "right" or "wrong" way to recover and heal. One goal of therapy is to learn from the wisdom each symptom has to offer in terms of helping you to survive this whole time. The goal is to no longer feel controlled by them or what happened. It's never too late to shift from just surviving to thriving.


My style is based on a relational, empowerment-driven, collaborative approach. I'm here to help you find your inner strength, and all emotions and parts of you are welcome. I think that a significant component of overcoming relational trauma is by experiencing healing relationships that are based on the pillars of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). I am not afraid to sit with people in their emotions, whether they be pain, grief, or rage; these are elements of the healing process that deserve to have space and feel heard, instead of being told to "just get over it" or "move on".


I have practiced in a diverse range of settings, including community non-profits, outpatient clinics, street-based homeless services, jails, residential homes and facilities, police departments, courthouses, and hospitals. I am also an adjunct lecturer for undergraduate and graduate students in the mental health and criminal justice fields, as well as a vegan, artist, and book nerd. I look forward to meeting you.


Modalities I practice:

·       Parts work

·       Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

·       Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET)

·       Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy

·       Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

·       Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

·       Harm Reduction

·       Seeking Safety

·       Mindfulness and somatic interventions (ex. groundingpolyvagal exercisesyoga positions)

·       Expressive Arts Therapies

Golden Gate Park


  • Master of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach​​

  • ​Bachelor of Social Work, Azusa Pacific University



  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), International Association of Trauma Professionals​

  • California State Certified Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Counselor-Advocate, Peace Over Violence

  • Trauma-Informed Care and Services Foundation, Tarzana Treatment Centers

  • Trafficking in Persons (TIP-ID) Certification, Center to Restore Trafficked and Exploited Children​

  • Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) 101 and 102, Los Angeles County Probation Department

  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Crisis Prevention Institute

  • Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health First Aid USA​

  • Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act Designation, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

  • Yoga for Healing Trauma, Uprising Yoga​