South Pasadena Psychologists and Therapists

Dr. Melissa McMullin, Founder and Licensed Psychologist (PSY23314)

Hi, I’m Melissa McMullin. I founded Aspire Therapy Center in hopes of meeting a unique need in the community. Many practices focus on what’s “wrong” with a client and how to “fix” them.

Therapy is so much more than that! It’s an opportunity to learn and grow with intention, a chance to become more resilient and happier with ourselves and more confident in relationships. Most of all, it’s a place to explore and actualize things that provide you with meaning and purpose.

Throughout my years in practice and while earning my doctorate at Stanford, I’ve worked with people from very diverse backgrounds. I’ve found that establishing trust, exploring life goals, creating a plan, and providing tools to achieve their goals is a most effective therapeutic approach.

I have worked at Claremont Colleges and USC, where I advocated for students with disabilities, including ADHD, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities/chronic illness. I’m aware of the unique demands of higher education and the challenge of sustaining a life-study balance.

I’m passionate about providing services to expectant and new mothers. Adjusting to the demands of parenting is deeply life-altering and challenging. By exploring your childhood experiences and your expectations of parenting, we can create greater peace, focus, and resilience to surf the never-ending tides of parenting.

Dr. Tina Bradley, Licensed Psychologist (PSY23784)

I strongly believe in the resilient spirit we all possess. I sought my doctorate to learn to help people harness their inner strength. My work focuses on uncovering and reconnecting to your unique purpose by revisiting the past and learning new ways to cope with the here and now.

My approach is holistic and emphasizes health and well-being in all aspects of your life. When appropriate, I use hypnosis to allow you to access parts of yourself from which you may have become disconnected. Sessions with me often involve relaxation and visualization as well.

I enjoy working with individuals who are seeking self-discovery and to reconnect with themselves and find their path again. I have worked extensively with people managing pain, seeking enhanced performance, and looking to reduce stress and worry.

When I’m not in the office, I enjoy engaging in self-care and exercise, and I am a dog enthusiast.

Michela Taylor, M.A., Psychological Assistant (PSB94024661)

Michela Taylorpursued a career in mental health because helping elevate their lives is something I have always been passionate about. I enjoy working with individuals who are searching for deeper understanding into themselves and their relationships with others. Understanding ourselves leads to stronger ability around connecting with others and expressing ourselves effectively. A therapeutic relationship provides the space to explore and grow in a safe environment.

I have experience working with a wide variety of individuals, ranging from children to older adults. I assist individuals in managing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and OCD. I also have experience with psychological testing, including ADHD, learning disorders, forensic, neuropsychological, personality, and vocational. Psychological testing can be beneficial for treatment and the therapeutic alliance.

Maribel Leon, Psy.D. (License # PSY 32110)

My interest in mental health issues began at an early age. I noticed individuals that were struggling with various problems were so deeply impacted in their daily life by them. Those early observations helped shaped my trajectory in joining a field that allowed me to help others..

I have experience working with various populations in a wide range of settings such as homeless shelters, substance abuse programs, correctional facilities, psychiatric hospitals, medical hospitals, and various private practices. The individuals I have served have suffered from severe mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia spectrum), mood disorders, substance abuse, and personality characteristics. In these settings I have provided therapy and psychological testing in English and Spanish.

My favorite thing to do on my days off is read a book with a cup of tea.

Elizabeth Sanchez LCSW (License # LCSW 99893)

Whether you are new to therapy or have found it helpful in the past, reaching out may not always be the easiest thing to do, so if you are reading this, welcome! I believe we are all shaped by our experiences and relationships throughout our lives. Sometimes, these experiences can be traumatic and may lead to obstacles that get in the way of forming honest and open connections with others or roadblocks that prevent you from a life of fullness and meaning. Whether you are looking to gain insight or understanding to the past or need some extra support attaining goals in the present, I am here to help.

I received my masters degree at Boston College and enjoy working with adults and transitional age youths. I am a LGBTQ+ affirming therapist and have experience in areas related to trauma, self esteem, communication skills, anxiety and substance use.

Outside of work I enjoy playing board games, reading, and searching for the perfect cup of coffee.

Dr. Gina Golden-Tangalakis, Licensed Psychologist (PSY16339)

With over 20 years of experience, I have gained a great deal of insight into working with people of all ages and throughout all stages of life.  I enjoy working with children and their families, adults and couples, as well as older adults dealing with their own unique life stage transitions.   I work collaboratively to help enhance the lives and relationships of those with whom I work.  I have significant experience working with artists, families of serious athletes, those in the medical, and mental health professions.  My therapeutic approach considers your goals in tandem with patterns in your daily life that may be holding you back.

At times, challenges in life may require unique exploration that can help to understand and explain certain types of struggles.  Furthering my education with postdoctoral training in neuropsychology and psychological assessment of individuals of all ages allows me to assist others with their processes in developmental, therapeutic, and academic areas.

As a clinical psychologist, I utilize my interests in mind-body relationships to help understand and foster growth and development.   Therapy is provided through an integration of therapeutic processes with sensitivity toward development, relational interactions, and creative aspects of the self.

Daniele Iturbide, Licensed Therapist (LMFT 47464)

Daniele IturbideI believe that we have the power to heal ourselves and therapy can guide our way.  I am passionate about empowering my clients to speak up, live your truth, and create healthier and more rewarding relationships.  I enjoy witnessing disconnected families form stronger bonds and individuals live more authentic, balanced, and fulfilling lives.

I’ve worked with youth, families, and the LGBTQIA community for 16 years helping individuals overcome anxiety and trauma and families reconnect and improve communication.  When working with me, LGBTQIA folks have an affirming place to safely express themselves and givers feel more appreciated and rejuvenated. I help people find their lost or stifled voice through humor and compassion.  I honor the innate strength of my clients and strive to help you find the stability and authenticity you seek. 

Outside of work, I enjoy connecting with friends and family and going to comedy shows.  I’m an occasional tennis player and an enthusiastic baker.