Dr. Drea Canales


Psychological Assistant

626-263-7528/Ex 12


Office Location: Pasadena

Individual therapy, couples therapy, pre-marital therapy, family therapy, child and adolescent therapy, college students, stress and anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, faith and spirituality, identity (gender, race, culture, and sexuality), post partum, parenting concerns, grief and loss.

Are you experiencing a sense of disconnection and conflict in your relationships? Grieving a recent loss? Feeling like you can’t keep up with the demands of life, or the demands that come from your own expectations of yourself? Maybe you are feeling down and anxious and fear your life is falling apart? If you are seeking to find support and relief in any of these ways, help can be found. You do not need to figure this out alone. Something important happens when we can be known, accepted, and accompanied in our places of suffering and confusion.

We grow and are formed by our relationships. In our relationships we also experience disappointments, pain, and trauma. Relief and renewal become possible through new experiences of relating. Transformation emerges when we can begin to relate to others and ourselves with greater compassion, deeper insight, and purpose. When we have the space to grieve and learn new ways of reflecting and responding to our relationships we can experience a sense of hope and connection. We begin to experience ourselves as more integrated, creative, and whole. If you desire to enter a process of deep transformation and growth, I would be honored to walk with you in these ways! I am pleased to offer a 15- minute phone consultation in order to help you discern if you feel confident about working together on this journey.

About Drea Canales

Drea earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on family dynamics, resilience, and grief processes from the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is registered with the Board of Psychology in California as a Psychological Assistant (PSB 94025587). She is working under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Brett Veltman (PSY 21684). She holds an M.A. in Family Studies with an emphasis in Children at Risk, an M.A. in Intercultural Studies, and an M.A. in Psychology from Fuller. She also earned her B.A. in Child Development from Point Loma Nazarene University. She has worked extensively with clients from diverse backgrounds through her training experiences at Azusa Pacific University, City of Hope, Huntington Hospital, Child and Family Guidance Center, and Fuller Psychological and Family Services. She also speaks fluent Spanish and has a keen interest in understanding the importance of systemic factors, cultural context, race, and language in her therapeutic work. Her research expertise is in the areas of  family resilience, complicated grief processes, and spiritual and cultural integration. She seeks to create safety within her office for clients of all backgrounds and orientations.

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