Gabrielle Pascual, MMFT

Gabrielle Pascual, MMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 125884)

Child & Adolescent Specialty Practice (CASP) Clinician

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Welcome! Thank you for being here.  I am a licensed marriage and family therapist through the Institute’s Child and Adolescent Specialty Program (CASP). I am passionate about helping our youth express themselves and grow, and I deeply care about fostering their development so they can be the best version of themselves!

When working with my clients, I value building trust and creating a safe space so they can explore and understand themselves better.  Therapy isn’t a one-size-fits-all, so I use a variety of interventions and techniques that best suit their individual needs. I assist my clients by targeting areas for personal growth such as increasing an understanding of their emotions, improving communication skills, and building healthier relationships with others.   I also value working with my clients’ families to support positive relationships and provide sustainable changes outside of the therapy room.  Therapy is an opportunity to collaborate with my clients in expanding their insights of themselves and building skills they need to improve their lives. I recognize that therapy isn’t easy, and I commit to being with my clients as we navigate along their journeys.

As a Filipino-American woman, I recognize the importance of understanding each of my client’s cultural experiences as they explore their own sense of self. I assist my clients in navigating their multicultural identities and how they relate to their families and feeling connected in their communities.  I feel deeply rooted in my cultural identities, and it has been important to me to feel understood in my unique experiences.  I strive to ensure my clients feel understood in their diverse experiences as well.  

Growing up, I wish I had the skills to help me understand my emotions and experiences. As a therapist, I strive to help my clients feel understood and heard. I am grateful that my experience working with adolescents has allowed me to witness their immense resiliency as they move through life.  This has inspired me to continue working with our youth so they can sustain positive growth and be the bright future for our world. 

Specialties:

I provide support for growth in the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-injury and Suicidal Ideation
  • Chronic Mood Dysregulation
  • Trauma
  • Attachment wounds
  • Oppositional behaviors
  • Self-esteem/Self-confidence
  • Understanding one’s identity
  • Issues regarding cultural identity and stress
  • Social Skills
  • Issues regarding juvenile justice and foster care
  • Motivation

Additional Information about my Specialties:

My clinical experience includes providing individual therapy to children and adolescents, as well as female, transgender, and non-binary foster care and probation youth ages 13 to 18. I have also facilitated group therapy for youth and families.  Many of my clients came from diverse backgrounds and lived in underserved and low-income communities. 

I have worked with children and adolescents who have experienced depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, attachment wounds, cultural stress, difficulty in maintaining relationships, self-injurious behaviors, and suicidal ideation. I have provided therapy in school-based, home-based, residential care-based, and office-based settings.

I utilize a culturally-sensitive and multidimensional approach to therapy, incorporating techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, attachment-based, narrative, and person-centered approaches. I see therapy as a place to collaborate with my clients – to help them better understand themselves and work towards the best version of themselves.

Presentations and Workshops:

  • G.I.R.L.S. Group based off of Girls in Real Life Situations (G.I.R.L.S.) by Julia V. Taylor: for 6th grade girls in a school setting
  • Strategies for Motivation: for female and gender-expanding youth ages 13 to 18 in residential care
  • Coping Skills Group: for female and gender-expanding youth ages 13 to 18
  • Process Group: for female and gender-expanding youth ages 13 to 18

Prior Experience:

  • Victor Treatment Centers, Short-Term Residential Treatment Program (STRTP)
  • Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC)
  • Veteran’s Affairs West Los Angeles/UCLA Clinical Research – The Green Lab 

Education:

  • Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology, University of California, Los Angeles

Mission:  My mission is to help our youth feel understood and heard to better understand themselves, and to help their families provide the support they need. I want our youth to feel empowered to advocate for themselves and feel safe in exploring their identities, thoughts, and emotions so they can take on the world!

Email: GPascual@IFGD.care

Phone:  626-585-8075 ext. 124

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