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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.
- 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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