About Kristen Muche , LCSW

Pasadena Trauma Therapist 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, #82170

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), as well as sexual violence and trafficking, generational trauma, gang and incarceration-related adversity, and vicarious trauma. I also work with people who experience addiction, dissociation, parts, and sexual abuse. 

My style as a therapist is based on a relational, empowerment-driven, recovery approach. 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 a collaborative approach in supporting my clients work toward their goals, and I also honor their cultural and spiritual values as additional sources of strength they are welcome to draw from. I am committed to destigmatizing mental health and supporting survivors in finding their inner strength to prove to themselves that it is possible to shift from just surviving to thriving.


​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:

  • 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)

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS; aka “parts work”)

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

  • Harm Reduction

  • Mindfulness meditation

  • Expressive Arts Therapies

  • Relational Cultural Therapy

  • Polyvagal-Informed Therapy and other somatic approaches

  • Dr. Judith Herman’s Triphasic Stages of Trauma and Recovery


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  • 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​