Meet Our Team

We have a wide range of practitioners, each with their own unique style and approach.

Who We Are...

At California Integrative Therapy, we’re proud of our talented practitioners. Below you can learn more about each of us, and schedule a consultation or first session. If you ever have questions or need assistance, never hesitate to reach out.  

Chris Tickner and Sacramento, CA and smiles brightly for the camera. He is an infidelity therapist in Pasadena, CA that offers affair recovery counseling. Contact him for support with affair recovery counseling in Pasadena, CA and other services.

Dr. chris tickner

(He/Him/His) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Dr. Tickner is a Marriage and Family Therapist (License 42576), couples therapist, individual therapist, clinical supervisor, consultant, trainer, and guest lecturer in Pasadena and Sacramento, California. He works with individuals, couples and groups. Dr. Tickner holds both Masters (Naropa University) and Doctoral (Santa Barbara Graduate Institute) degrees in Somatic Psychology. He has over 25 years of experience, is a Certified Relational Somatic Psychotherapist, a Level Two PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy) therapist, and has advanced training in various forms of trauma therapy as well as Hakomi Psychotherapy

With roots in somatic therapy, mindfulness, and Buddhism, Dr. Tickner believes that genuine caring, respect and empathy are powerful tools that allow his clients to unfold gracefully into the resilient and healthy people they were meant to be. 

Chris is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Glendale Area Mental Health Professionals Association, and the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy.

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Andrea-Marie Stark (She/Her/Hers)

Andrea-Marie Stark has studied Hakomi and Trauma Therapy and is completing a doctoral  degree in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Her pathway resonates with Pacifica’s motto, animae mundi colendae gratia, for the sake of tending the soul of the world. Andrea-Marie engages in depth based interventions such as dream work, art and archetypal journeys. Her healing philosophy embraces eco-therapy, eco-spirituality, addresses intergenerational trauma, racial and ethnic equality, non-colonial attitudes, and indigenous wisdom traditions. She has been honored to study healing practices with indigenous healers of the Americas and of the Tibetan Bon Buddhist tradition. Andrea-Marie is a member of The American Tarot Association, and a Professional Member of the ICRT Reiki Membership Association, she is certified in Radiant Heart Meditation and had a private mentorship with the Los Angeles School for Spiritual Arts. She has studied tarot with international scholars Mary Greer and Rachel Pollack and is a Holy Fire and Shakti Reiki Master. She is a founding member of the Dragonfly tribe, a collective of healers based in North America.

Andrea-Marie works with spirit and soul, her approach is non-denominational and honoring of your personal life choices. 

Your one wild and precious life (as poet Mary Oliver wrote) is the pathway for your soul. Andrea-Marie will help you navigate the peaks and vales of the deepening journey. 

You can read more about Andrea-Marie at www.andreamariestark.com and www.yoursoulfulpath.com

lane assaf

(She/Her) Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (124236)

Life is too short to spend it feeling angry, hurt, or just plain stuck. Lane is honored to be able to join her clients on their journey towards living the life they deserve. She understands that the alliance between therapist and client is a vital part of the process, and aims to join each client where they are in their journey. By collaborating with her clients, she is able to tailor therapy to their unique, individual needs and goals. Using a variety of approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Gottman Method, and Strengths Based therapies, along with mindfulness practices and body work, Lane will help you in your self exploration and guide you toward a more fulfilling life.

Lane holds both a Master’s Degree in Psychology from CSULA, as well as a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Touro University. Her research on multi-racial couples has been published in the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. Lane completed her clinical training with a non-profit agency as a school counselor, and is experienced in working with children and their families. She is also a Certified Level I Gottman Method Couples Therapist. Lane has worked with clients from a variety of socio-economic, cultural, and racial backgrounds, as well as clients from various sexual orientations and identities. She is LGBTQ+ affirming, and continues to learn and grow in order to be a better therapist and person. Lane provides an empathetic, supportive, safe space for clients to explore their inner world, while helping them recognize their strengths and develop new coping strategies for the future.

Kim Bielak

(She/Her) Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (130527)

Kim offers clients a space to slow down and simply breathe. Through a naturally grounding and empathic presence, a strong relationship with each of her clients, and a holistic and mindfulness-centered approach, she helps both individuals and couples feel safe and supported enough to relax their grip and explore what’s really getting in the way of the deep wellbeing, relationships, and lives they long for and deserve.

Both building upon neuroscience’s growing understanding of the connection between mind and body and as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), Kim takes a highly integrative approach to the therapeutic process and incorporates evidence-based mindfulness, somatic, and cognitive-behavioral practices into her work, in addition to creative and imaginative techniques that help clients access parts of themselves buried deep beneath the surface. Kim holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, has additional education in Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Gestalt.

If you found your way here, the idea of therapy might still be feeling a little scary or unknown. But something brought you right here, right now. So whenever you’re ready, Kim is interested in getting to know whatever that something is within you a little bit more. Let this be your call. 

Kelsey blazak

(She/Her) Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (132918)

Kelsey brings a warm, heart-centered, and grounded energy to her work. She offers integrative, relational, depth-focused, and psychodynamic therapy for adults, couples, and teens.

This means her approach is tailored to support specific issues, needs, and goals and helps clients dig a little deeper to better understand unconscious patterns and beliefs. Coming to sessions with openness and curiosity, Kelsey tends to clients’ experiences in the here-and-now.

When we make space for our full humanity to be known and held with compassion within a safe therapeutic relationship, meaningful change is possible. All parts of your identity are welcome and are central to understanding not only who you are, but how these unique factors shape your life experience. Kelsey offers trauma-informed, LGBTQIA+ affirmative, and culturally-responsive therapy.

Kelsey received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she studied Jungian and Depth Psychotherapy. She also received training in psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, and somatic approaches. Through this, she deepened her appreciation for the symbolic, imaginal, and unseen parts of life. 

Whether looking to improve relationships or process difficult feelings, experiences, and life transitions, Kelsey can support you in addressing what matters most.

Kelsey can be reached at (323) 515-9881 or kelseyblazaktherapy@gmail.com.

noah gershman

(He/Him) Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Thank you for visiting. It means a lot that you’re here. It suggests you’re sensing something in your life isn’t the way you’d like it to be, and that you’ve decided it’s time for change. Sometimes getting going can be the hardest part. You’ve already taken an important first step.

If we want things to be different, we can start by doing things differently. 
Noah is committed to helping you discover new perspectives, new possibilities, and new ways of relating to yourself and others. He strives to create a collaborative space of safety and trust where you feel seen, heard, supported, and understood.

Noah received his Master’s degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute, a program deeply rooted in Jungian Depth Psychology––a modality focused on engaging with material submerged in the unconscious. His is a humanistic, holistic, present-centered approach that honors every client as a complex individual and strives to heal and integrate mind, body, and soul by attending to all levels of experience, including thoughts, feelings, memories, dreams, creative impulses, and physical sensations within the body. In addition to traditional talk therapy, Noah incorporates somatic and mindfulness-based practices, and invites imagination, art-making, and Dream Work to be part of the therapeutic process. He approaches this work with curiosity, authenticity, respect, and good humor. He has supplementary training in somatic psychotherapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and Sandplay therapy. 

You can connect with Noah by calling (626) 995-1875.  

courtney R. Lee

(She/Her/Hers)
Registered Associate Clinical Counselor (6212)

Courtney specializes in integrative therapy for anxiety, depression, and chronic illness-associated mental disorders. She uses an individualized approach, employing aspects of humanistic, psychodynamic, somatic, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, and other evidence-based treatment modalities to help clients find relief from suffering and experience greater fulfillment in their lives and relationships.

Courtney has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University and completed additional graduate studies at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. She provides a safe, nurturing, and non-judgmental space for individuals, couples, and groups to explore health and wellness through mind, body, and spirit. She can be reached at courtneyleetherapy@gmail.com or (626) 995-1875.

scott whelan

(He/Him) Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (132994)

You may be at a very difficult point in your life, feeling anxious, depressed, stuck or overwhelmed. The very fact that you are here seeking therapy speaks to your inherent resourcefulness and drive towards change and hope. Unresolved past experiences may have led you to adopt roles or patterns in your life that do not feel aligned with who you truly are. Through our work together we will bring compassion and understanding to your story, connecting the dots between present and past, empowering you to live a fulfilling and authentic life full of possibility.

Scott is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a Board-Certified Music Therapist in Pasadena, California. Specializing in trauma, Scott values a compassionate and collaborative approach, supporting clients in re-connecting with their own authenticity and resilience. Scott considers it a privilege to support and witness each of his client’s unique strengths and stories as they seek to create meaning, growth and hope.

Scott works from a Narrative approach while integrating trauma-informed, resource-oriented, and evidenced-based therapies. Over the past decade Scott has worked extensively with LGBTQ+ individuals, teens, and young adults in all levels of care. He is passionate in affirming and celebrating authentic self-expression. Scott is a skilled group facilitator using Music Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in creative ways to foster connection and empowerment. Scott considers it a joy to align with people of all ages as they navigate the effects of trauma, marginalization, life transitions, or crisis.

 

Scott is currently providing in-person and telehealth sessions. You can reach Scott at (626) 995-1875.

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