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Carol Hansen, M.F.T., PSY. D.

Doctor of Psychoanalysis
Marriage, Child, and Family Therapist

Getting to the heart of what matters most

Deepening the experience of love in all your relationships through the process of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

  • Are you: Feeling stuck, hopeless, depressed, anxious, alone, and/or overwhelmed?

  • Are you:  Having difficulty in your relationship with your partner, spouse, or significant other?  

  • Are you:  In a relationship where there is trouble with intimacy or sexual difficulty?

  • Are you:  Worried about a child or teenager?

  • Are you:  Part of a family in transition where there has been a loss such as a death or divorce , or remarriage with step children?

  • Are you:  Experiencing a crisis?

Dr. Hansen offers a broad range of services to individuals, couples, and families. Through various modalities, including psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, Dr. Hansen  addresses the concerns developed in the above questions.  She works with her clients  in an environment carefully structured to address and  provide both support and personal growth.

My Practice Emphasis

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Deepening the Experience of Love in All Your Relationships through
the Process of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Dr. Carol Hansen specializes in creating relationships that are based on the experience of reciprocal love.  We all have emotional hurts and wounds, possible inaccurate perceptions of others, and/or fears and anxieties that can hinder or block our ability to love and be loved.  This limits the ways we can experience the joys and fulfillment of deep relational connectedness.  


Through her many years of experience, both personally and professionally, Dr. Hansen realizes and understands that transformational healing can occur by being able to accept others as well as being present to the emotions evoked in ourselves.  Psychoanalysis addresses a sacred space created by letting go our our perception of others and paying close attention to our own, sometimes painfully intense, emotional reactions.  Fear, hurt, anger, rage, frustration, sadness, loss, and other emotions that disconnect and isolate us from the ones we love, are transformed into emotional experiences of unconditional love, acceptance, connectedness, and fulfillment.  


As sometimes painfully challenging as they are, relationships are catalysts for our own emotional healing  Rather than avoid or run away from these emotionally painful experiences, we can embrace them as opportunities for our own emotional growth and healing.  This allows for the unfolding of subconscious parts of ourselves that may have been hidden from our conscious awareness.  It creates the space for conscious awareness and integration so that we are whole and complete within ourseles.  We are then able to access our full potentials leading to deeper self-love and feelings of happiness, joy, fulfillment, and success.  


The relationships that evoke the most emotional pain have the highest potential for the biggest steps in our own personal growth and healing.  The relationship with one's self, or the relationships with significant others, children and/or adolescents, parents, close friends, persons related to our work and/or employment, all have the potential to create tensions and disharmony.  Dr. Hansen's psychoanalytic skills get right to the heart of the issues being evoked. The healing of these core issues and/or old misperceptions that are no longer serving us, transform to new ways of being where we can experience deeper feelings of love and connectedness.


Dr. Hansen specializes in individual treatment, as well as couples, families, and extended families.  Her expertise reduces tensions that easily arise in these relationships and creates the opportunity for feeling understood as well as the emergence of love and deeper connectedness in all significant relationships. Her treatment methods brings unconscious patterns to conscious awareness, allowing for the understanding of current situations and experiences from a newly informed place, resulting in growth, change and success.

Enhancing Therapy

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Emotional Support Animal

Some patients have found having a dog present in the therapy room can be very helpful to understanding how one relates in their environment with others. 

The presence of a dog during sessions has the potential to reduce anxiety and stress, increase one’s sense of safety and well- being, and to feel unconditionally loved and accepted.  It creates the space to better understand how to achieve that in one’s relationships and what may be hindering the fulfillment of that experience.  Petting or touching a dog’s fur and feeling her welcoming and accepting presence helps guide the therapy towards being present to feelings of reciprocal love and connectedness, and being present to what makes our hearts feel happy, joyful, and uplifted.  

Dr. Hansen has trained her Labrador Retriever, Cindy, to be present in sessions and has experienced how Cindy‘s presence has enhanced the therapy with patients.  Sessions with Cindy are by request. 

My Practice Policies

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Generally, psychotherapy sessions are 45 minutes in length. Often, in the case of couple and family counseling, it is helpful to plan a longer session. Unless there is an unavoidable emergency,  a 24-hour notice of cancellation is required.  


Fees and Method of Payment

Dr. Hansen works within a reasonable fee range.  Unless other provisions are made, psychotherapy sessions are to be paid at the time of the session.  The fee for service is a range between $150.00-$200.00 per session.  However, in the case of a managed care policy,  the insurance carrier is billed directly, and the co-payment is paid at the time of the session. Payments by credit card are accepted. 



The following is a list of current insurances that I accept:

  • Aetna U.S. Health Care (Sony Motion Picture Industry) 
  • Blue Cross PPO 
  • Blue Shield
  • Magellan
  • Motion Picture Industry Health Plan 
  • Any PPO's that provide out-patient Mental health coverage
  • Optum Behavioral Health
  • United Behavioral Health

About Me

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  • Psy.D. Institute for Psychoanalytic Study
  • M.A. Chapman University, Clinical Psychology 
  • B.A. University of La Verne, Sociology


Professional Licenses and Credentials

  • Psy.D. as of June 2008 from the The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalytic Study specializing in child, adolescent and family treatment.
  • California Marriage and Family Therapist License MFT34133 
  • California Lifetime Teaching Credentials 
  • Clinical Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists 
  • Chair: Child/Adolescent Committee of Los Angeles Chapter of CAMFT 
  • Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from Los Angeles Institute and Society of Psychoanalytic Studies 
  • Member: Professional Affiliates of LAISPS 
  • CAMFT supervision of interns training 


Clinical Training

  • 16 years as an educator 
  • Desert Community Mental Health Children's Unit 
  • Children's Home Society 
  • Pathways Counseling Center 
  • Airport Marina Counseling Center 
  • Carson Child Guidance Program 
  • Jewish Family Services/Family Violence Project 


Private Practice Experience

  • Private Practice in Brentwood, Sherman Oaks and Pasadena since 1994
  • Jewish Family Services/Director of Children's Services
    Linden Center Family Therapist for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents 
  • Supervisor of M.F.T. interns 
  • Subcontractor: Counseling for Kids 
  • Group Facilitator:
    • Bereavement/Grief and loss
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Adolescents
    • Women in Transition 
  • Instructor: Santa Monica Community College Extension Program

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Carol Hansen, M.F.T., Psy.D.

595 Colorado Blvd. Suite 506
Pasadena, Ca. 91101

Telephone: 909.833.5097