Molly Wassel (she/ her)
I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW #96245) specializing in affirming and trauma-informed individual and family psychotherapy. I received my Masters degree in Social Welfare from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Art History from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA.
Using an Intersectional framework (thank you, Kimberlé Crenshaw!), I center my work around individual experience in a non-judgmental, exploratory environment. Through my practice, I seek to challenge unjust, oppressive systems and empower individuals to uncover larger forces that may be affecting overall wellbeing. Through mutual understanding, collaboration, and expanded self-awareness, I provide clients with increased knowledge and support to gradually and holistically heal from life’s stressors.
I support and validate all identities, including genders, sexualities and desires, abilities, and sizes.
In addition to private practice, I work at the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern CA, using CBT principles to help individuals navigate anxiety, depression, OCD, and tics. I worked at STAR of CA, providing psychotherapy, parent education, Applied behavioral Analysis (ABA), and behavioral health treatment plans across the home, school, and community settings. I have experience working as a Clinical Social Worker at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Center for Trans Youth Health and Development, providing gender-affirming individual and group therapy sessions for adolescents and young adults. I served as an Outreach Coordinator for Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena, CA, drawing upon trauma-informed practices, crisis intervention, and harm reduction strategies to serve individuals experiencing homelessness. Please feel free to reach out if you would like to see my updated CV.
- Areas of specialization:
- – Adolescents and Young Adults
– Anxiety and Panic Disorders
– Art Therapy
– Autism Spectrum Disorder
- – Depression
– Developmental Delays
- – Gender Identity and Dysphoria (including letters for gender confirmation surgery following WPATH standards)
– Improving Self Esteem
- – LGBTQIA+/ Queer- Related Concerns and Coming Out
– Play Therapy
- – Sexual Identities and Non-Traditional Relationships (including Polyamorous, Asexual, BDSM, and other Kink- aligned Relationships)
I am an Associate Therapist working under Zoë Kahn, LCSW #70847.