Background and Education

My parents immigrated to the United States from Iran shortly before I was born. Therefore, my life has been greatly influenced by the complexities of bringing two opposing worlds together. As a result, I enjoy working with those of diverse backgrounds while exploring issues of acculturation and identity. I am also a mother with an interest in perinatal mental health and mindful parenting.

I obtained my BA in Social Sciences at UC Berkeley. Shortly after graduating, I spent a year backpacking through Europe and North Africa learning about myself and the world around me. After returning to the States, I moved to New York City to pursue my Master’s Degree in Social Work from NYU.

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Clinical Experience

I completed my clinical training at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, the oldest and best-known mental health clinic in Los Angeles where I worked as a bilingual child and family therapist. I provided individual, family, and school-based therapy to youth ages 0-18 coping with anxiety, depression and mood disorders, ADHD, grief, substance abuse, trauma, and attachment issues. I received extensive training in a range of evidence-based practices, including Child-Parent Psychotherapy where I provided therapy to infants and their primary caregivers to rebuild attachment and overcome trauma. I also have broad experience working collaboratively with schools involving teachers and administrators in the treatment of my young clients.

After Didi Hirsh, I worked with the Share and Care program through Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the most prestigious hospital on the West Coast. I used art and mindfulness in group settings to help students and teachers address feelings and cope with stressors.

While in school at New York University, I worked as a therapist in the Brooklyn College Counseling Center. I held individual psychotherapy sessions with adults 18 years and older struggling with a range of issues including but not limited to academic achievement, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, relationship issues, family planning, etc.

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Advanced Training

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