Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our comprehensive therapy and counseling services. Our office is based in Pasadena, California, and is home to the best of the best in various mental health fields. Together, we are dedicated to improving the overall quality of care each person receives, while also significantly reducing the stress and anxiety on the individual and family.

Our team represents a variety of fields and offers clients a range of services, including:   

Child Psychotherapy

Adolescent Psychotherapy

Family Psychotherapy

Adult Psychotherapy

Couples Therapy

Testing & Evaluations: Neuropsychological, Psychological, & Psychoeducational

Group Therapy & Skills-Building Groups
(for Kids, Teens, & Parents)

Educational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Play Therapy

Speech & Language Therapy

Parenting Support & Consultation


To learn more about our therapists, click here. You may also click here to read a message from our Founder, Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, or click here to learn about our approach and interpersonal neurobiology. 

The professionals at the Center for Connection approach the struggles at hand with curiosity.  Behavior is communication, telling us what skills still need to be developed.  Because behavior has a purpose and is often a reflection of what is happening in the brain, mind, and body, we need to peel back the layers to understand the meaning of the actions.  From this lens, we see a person's actions as the beginning of understanding—a place to help us ask better questions about what is taking place in the environment, both relationally and internally, in order to start building skills and make lasting change from the inside out.  In other words, we want to look deeper and offer much more than a narrowly focused behavioral approach that just seeks to extinguish a behavior or promote a new one. 

Instead, we want to meet children and adults exactly where they are, understanding them and getting clear on who they are and how their reactivity tells us in what areas they need connections, both relationally and neurologically, as well as in what circumstances they need better strategies to feel competent and confident.  When we care about kids and adults, our purpose is to change more than behavior.  We work at the level of creating new connections in the brain and nervous system in order to make lasting optimal change as development unfolds across the lifespan. 

our Team of professionals Offers expertise in the following areas:


Addiction recovery

Adolescent depression



Attachment disorders



Development disorders

Discipline issues

Disruptive behavior disorders


Eating disorders


Family conflict

Fertility and pregnancy



Habit disorders

Learning and communication disabilities

LGBT issues

Life transitions

Mood disorder

Oppositional defiance

Parenting support


Selective mutism


Sexual abuse

Sleep problems

Teen violence

Testing and evaluation

Tic disorders

Tourette’s Syndrome

Trauma and PTSD


Violent behavior

Financial Consideration

The therapists at the CFC are independent contractors who set their own rates.  Sliding scale fees are often available, but the therapists do not participate with insurance providers due to the significant difficulties with reimbursement and administrative staff time necessary to handle this part of the practice. Therefore, patients pay at the appointment time and then may request out-of-network partial reimbursement from their insurance company. Many insurance plans pay part of the fees. Further information regarding specific fees for evaluation or therapy services will be provided during the initial phone or in-person contact.

We also offer free consultations to those who are unsure about where to start.