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Meet Dr. Brett Veltman of Relate Therapy Center in Pasadena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Brett Veltman.

Dr. Veltman, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Over twenty years ago, I had the dream of becoming a psychologist to be able to help teenagers and families. I had been working with an organization that worked with teenagers called Young Life where I found that many of the teenagers and their families didn’t know how to deal with the struggles they were facing and I wanted to help. This led me to pursue graduate school to earn a doctorate in clinical psychology while learning about therapy and private practice along the way. Eventually, that led to me opening an independent private practice before starting Relate Therapy Center.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Becoming a psychologist and developing a private practice takes a lot of time and work. We’re talking about six years of graduate school, writing a dissertation, a full-year internship, obtaining 1500 supervised hours after graduation, passing licensing exams… all before even having the chance to start an independent private practice! There were also a couple of years when my family and I moved to Denver, and I was commuting between Denver and LA weekly to maintain my practice in Southern California. That was hard work. We eventually settled back in Southern California and I moved forward with developing what would eventually become Relate Therapy Center.

Relate Therapy Center – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Relate Therapy Center is a clinical psychology private practice that was founded in Pasadena in 2014. In 2017, we also opened a second location in University Heights neighborhood of San Diego. At Relate, we specialize in relationships. We provide relational therapy to individuals, couples and families. While we help people who are dealing with relationship issues, we also utilize relational therapy as a critical component of the healing process. Being able to utilize relational therapy as a part of the healing is what makes me most proud about our Relate. In a world where people feel increasingly disconnected (and even many psychotherapy models don’t focus on relationships or the whole person), Relate offers treatment that values and creates space for what is so formative and meaningful in people’s lives — relationships!

How do you, personally, define success? What’s your criteria, the markers you’re looking out for, etc?
Personally, success is about growth. For the therapists at Relate, that means entering into the brokenness and pain that people are experiencing. When we’re able to help couples restore their relationship after betrayal or help individuals heal from trauma or families improve their understanding of each other and communicate better, then we’ve been successful because we have been able to help people heal and grow.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 130 S. Euclid Ave. #2 Pasadena, CA 91101
  • Website: www.relatetherapy.com
  • Phone: 626-263-7528
  • Email: relatetherapycenter@gmail.com

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