Therapeutic approach: I believe that therapy can provide a grounding and compassionate space to help you encounter internal and external challenges, to help you move towards greater strength and calm, towards awareness and growth. Particularly in times where we may find parts of ourselves and parts of our lives feeling estranged, vulnerable, and stuck.
My style is both nurturing and empowerment driven. I place value on providing collaborative and affirmative care, tending to the importance of culture and intersections of identity. I bring attention to the environment, family of origin and upbringing, biology, holistic factors, and experiences of marginalization, as the inter-play of these factors can impact our mental wellbeing.
I draw from approaches that include relational-cultural, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, emotion-focused, and internal family systems modalities, tailored to your needs and the goals of the therapy.
In my clinical training I have provided individual and group therapy to adults and adolescents in a range of settings including outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential programs, community mental health, therapeutic day school, and college counseling centers. I have experience in working with a range of issues including anxiety, OCD, depression, loss, culture and identity concerns, stress management, and family and relationship issues.
Background: I received my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford at the APA-Accredited Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology, in addition to an M.A. in Middle East and North African Studies (emphasis on Iranian studies) from the University of Arizona. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Counseling and Psychological Services at California State University, Fullerton.