Chris Tickner

Marriage and Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
 therapist: Chris Tickner,
In-Person in Pasadena, CA
In-Person in Sacramento, CA
Online in California
Compassionate, non-judgmental therapy that works! Dr. Tickner has been helping people live the life they deserve and have the relationships they want for over 25 years. His approach brings together the best from the worlds of cognitive therapy, couples counseling, individual therapy, mindfulness/meditation, somatic psychology, trauma therapy, and neuroscience.

Client Focus

Session Format: Couple, Group, Individual sessions.
Age Specialty: Adult, Children, Elder, Young Adult

Treatment Approach

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Developmental
  • Family Systems
  • Gestalt
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Somatic
  • Transpersonal
Approach Description: The most important indicator of successful therapy is the genuineness of the relationship between therapist and client. I approach my clients with deep respect, compassion, genuine attachment, and confidentiality. I combine traditional talk therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) with somatic psychology, mindfulness, Hakomi, neuroscience, attachment theory, Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy, Relational Somatic Psychotherapy, trauma therapy along with genuine care, compassion, and a good sense of humor. I have found this particular mix of approaches and qualities creates a powerful approach, that is effective, powerful, and fun!

Education & Credentials

Chris Tickner PhD, MFT
  • Male
  • License # 42576
  • Licensed in California
  • Practicing Since 1996
Education: I have both an MA (Naropa University) and PhD (Santa Barbara Graduate Institute) in Somatic Psychology.


  • Average Session Fee 200
  • Affordable sliding scale therapy: apply if you may be eligible.
  • During our first session, we can discuss any financial needs you might have.
  • Out of Network
  • Most PPO plans

Chris Tickner Practice Details

Therapy Sessions
  • Available In-Person in Pasadena, CA and Sacramento, CA
  • Available Online for residents of California
  • Online Therapy Details: Zoom
Chris Tickner Practice Description
We all want to feel better from time to time. We get stuck, sad, scared, alone. And right now during these uncertain times, many of us are struggling. Well, there is good news! The field of psychology, through research in neuroscience, has uncovered new powerful and effective ways that really work to build our resilience, improve our lives and relationships, and help us feel more connected and alive. I want to help you experience all of that. You just need to reach out, which is hard. I promise you though, if you take that step, you will feel better. I have extensive training and experience in Somatic Psychology, a form of therapy that does much more than traditional talk therapy. We tap into the body's wisdom and potential for healing, in safe, fun, playful, and powerful ways. Reaching out for help is a powerful and scary thing. A good therapist will help you feel safe, cared for, and hopeful very quickly. I encourage you to take the next step. Maybe select your top three therapists, make initial contact, get them on the phone or on video, and see who you feel comfortable with. Then go from there. Good luck with your adventure!

Practice Overview

Available both in-person and online
28 Years Experience
Couple, Group, Individual

Driving Directions

Currently, all sessions are being offered online. We have offices in both Pasadena and Sacramento, CA.

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