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I did not have any hesitations about working with Dr. Sekandari. I felt comfortable from the moment I met her and knew that she would be a good fit for my daughter.My daughter increased her coping skills and self-confidence working with Dr. Sekandari.What I liked best about my daughter working with Dr. Sekandari is that she loved going to see her because Dr. Sekandari would give her full attention and insight into issues that were most important. She truly cared about my daughter and her well being and it showed through her work.The areas my daughter benefited most in were self discovery, self reflection and self regulation.I would unequivocally recommend Dr. Sekandari to anyone looking to better themselves using a holistic approach. She is an empathetic therapist that is committed to her clients.The most important thing people should know is that Dr. Sekandari changed my daughter’s life and helped us heal as a family. She goes above and beyond for her clients. If you want that for yourself or someone you know, then she is the therapist to go to.There are not enough words to express the gratitude we have for Dr. Sekandari’s help. **[Editors Note: Due to patient confidentiality, names and identifying information have been changed]**

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J.N

I cannot pinpoint a specific result after working with Dr. Sekandari. I think that is mostly because I didn’t see her for long enough. I know that I was making progress. I believe that if we continued working together I would have seen more results. I feel like I had some walls up that I was not ready to break down yet. I think if I had stuck with our sessions, eventually those walls would’ve come down and I would’ve really been able to do more.What I liked best about working with Dr. Sekandari was that we had a conversation. I got positive feedback from her as well as some things I needed to hear even though I didn’t love hearing them. I appreciate and respect that.I’ve been wanting to get back into therapy. I live in Chandler now. So I know that seeing Dr. Sekandari would be tough, but I’ve thought about her often. I feel like I was able to get further with her or would get further with her than other therapist I have experienced. My reason for that is the conversation. I felt like she really wanted me to succeed. Dr. Sekandari used professional boundaries. It’s not like we were “friends“ but I did feel like we were more of a team than I have ever felt in therapy before. There are a couple of specifics I remember Dr. Sekandari telling me that popped back into my head now and then. And I feel like that’s really impressive since it has been a few years since I saw her.I definitely would recommend Dr. Sekandari. And I think I stated the reasons above. That she was on my “team”. That she genuinely seemed to care.Dr. Sekandari is not only knowledgeable, but friendly and supportive. She is a real person going through life just like her clients. She does not have all of the answers and she does not have all of life figured out. That makes her real. That makes her accessible. Not scary. And a pleasure to work things out with.Thank you for all of your help. I’m really sorry that I ended therapy with you. I wish that I had continued. That was me not realizing or prioritizing the benefits at the time. And I’m sorry about that. Now, I have no insurance and I live on the east side so I wasted my opportunity with you and that opportunity is gone. Not because of you or anything that you did wrong, but because I wasn’t paying attention. I didn’t realize what I had when I had it. If I do have insurance and by some chance we are closer in the future I would definitely like to come see you again. **[Editors Note: Due to patient confidentiality, names and identifying information have been changed]**

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M.

Thank God I have learned how to retrain my brain! I’ve been able to heal and have the coping strategies to deal with any symptoms of anxiety and depression. I’ve actually been free from any anxiety and depression for a long time. I’m proactive and know how to deal with my thoughts before anything gets out of control. For this I’m grateful to God and thankful that he had me meet Dr. Sekandari to teach me these life skills. What I liked best about working with Dr. Sekandari was her compassion and sincerity.Working with Dr. Sekandari has helped me and my life has forever changed and I no longer have anxiety and depression that interferes with my life. I would most definitely recommend Dr. Sekandari to anyone dealing with any mental health challenges. The most important thing people should know about Dr. Sekandari is she is genuine, professional and compassionate. Working with Dr Sekandari was an answer to my prayer for healing and recovering from the prison of my OCD thoughts. **[Editors Note: Due to patient confidentiality, names and identifying information have been changed]**

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My approach to therapy is integrative.  I believe in looking at all aspects of an individual's life in order to determine the root cause of their mental health issues.  I encourage lifestyle change as well as diet and exercise as part of my treatment.  The use of nutritional supplements is addressed and encouraged.  Although I believe there is a place for medication in the treatment of mental health and well being, the natural approach is my first step.  I find oftentimes, changes to diet and lifestyle,  nutritional supplements, along with stress management and better coping strategies are enough to alleviate the symptoms the individual is suffering from.   This is the approach I take in dealing with physical and mental illness within my own family and it is the approach I use in working with my patients.

"The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease" ~ Thomas Edison

For patients currently on medication such as anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications, I follow the same approach to overall health and well being.  Changes in diet and exercise along with nutritional supplements only enhance the benefits of psychotropic medications.

"He that takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skill of the physician" 

~ Chinese Proverb

 


Education and Training:

I received my doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University in San Francisco and my Masters of Science degree from San Diego State University with an emphasis in counseling  and specialization in School Psychology and School Counseling.

As part of my training and internship as a clinical psychologist, I had the opportunity to work in Juvenile Hall and the California Youth Authority in Stockton and provided individual and group therapy to minors serving time for substance abuse and sex offenses along with various other criminal charges.  In the process I gained experience working with the courts to complete parole evaluations as well as court ordered evaluations of minors.

I have also worked at community agencies, providing individual therapy to children and adults from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Prior to my work as a clinical psychologist, I worked as a school psychologist for over 10 years and have extensive experience with assessment of learning disabilities and advocating for parents to get the most out of their child’s education.

In addition to my work with children and youth, I have extensive experience working with adults and older adults.  I provide services to individuals and families struggling with dementia and Alzheimer's as well as those suffering from PTSD, OCD, Anxiety, and Depression.

Related Experience

  • Bilingual in Farsi and English.
  • Experienced in working with individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.
  • Experienced in assessing and identifying learning disabilities (i.e. Dyslexia) and ADHD, as well as other low incidence disabilities such as autism and Intellectual Disabilities.
  • Trained and practice using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) found effective in treating PTSD as well as anxiety.
  • Trained and practice EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), also known as Tapping.
  • Taught parenting classes both in Southern and Northern California.
  • Author and lecturer.

 

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