Free Telephone Consultation
I offer a free phone consultation to help you get started. I can get an initial grasp of the issues you wish to discuss in psychotherapy, and give you an idea of how I can help. Over the phone we can set an appointment for an initial consultation session, and/or identify possible referral resources for you. For a telephone consultation call (323) 638-4152.
Initial Consultation Session
This is our first meeting during which I try and get a deeper understanding of your goals and desires for psychotherapy, and what brings you into therapy. During this time you can decide if you feel comfortable with me as your therapist, and I can be frank with you about whether or not your specific set of issues fit within my areas of knowledge and competence. We will also use this time to fill out relevant paperwork for the commencement of therapy, discuss fees, office policies, and limits to confidentiality. I offer the initial consultation session at a reduced fee if you prefer.
Individual psychotherapy is 50 minutes 1-4 times per week, depending on your needs. We form a collaborative relationship aimed at helping you make improvements in areas of life most important to you. I use the following therapeutic tools: traditional talk therapy exploring your childhood and important relationships, EMDR, Exposure and Response Prevention, CBT, Somatic Experiencing. Common issues I work with are:
- Anxiety and Panic Disorder
- Trauma and PTSD
- General anxiety and stress about multiple areas of life including relationships and career.
- Multi-Cultural Issues of Immigration and Adjusting to a New Culture
- Self-Image and Self-Esteem
- Adult survivors of sexual abuse/assault
- LGBTQIA Specific Issues
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
I have been trained by an EMDRIA approved training course to provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Put very briefly, EMDR is a research backed, proven psychotherapy treatment for trauma memories. This treatment moves traumatic memories from the part of the brain that stores traumatic material to a different part of the brain that can process it. This is done with a series of eye movements. Many individuals find that EMDR is a much more time and cost effective way to process traumatic memories. Individuals may improve rapidly. EMDR is helpful for the following issues:
- All types of anxiety, from social to occupational to attachment.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sexual Abuse/Assault
- Anger Management
- Phobias related to traumatization
- Low Self Esteem
I provide Skype psychotherapy sessions. Internet sessions are convenient and are generally more flexible than in person sessions. I prefer to do in person sessions, and will require you to come into the office at least once a month, but internet sessions are an alternative to rescheduling office sessions. Internet sessions are also sometimes required if you are having trouble leaving the house due to anxiety.
Couple’s therapy is 50 to 90 minutes per session depending on your need. It can be a highly effective treatment for a number of relationship problems. In couples therapy we work as a team on resolving or accepting differences, improving communication and enhancing intimacy. Couples often present the following problems in sessions:
- Unsatisfactory Sex Life
- Lack of Communication
- Frequent Yelling and Arguing
- Different Values and Tastes
- Unfaithful Tendencies
- Difficulty Finding Commonalities
- Problems with In-laws
- Parenting Issues
- Partner Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Dependence
Many issues stem from the family. Similarly, many problems are most effectively solved in the context of the whole family. This is particularly true when children are involved, and parenting issues present themselves. It is helpful to be aware that interactions between family members often help to create and maintain psychological problems. That is why I offer family therapy sessions ranging from 50-90 minutes each depending on the size of the family in participation and presenting issues. Many problems brought into individual sessions can be targeted with family therapy.
A unique and life changing experience, group therapy can be a highly effective method of treatment. It can be more appropriate for some than other forms of therapy. In group you will have the chance to hear other’s reactions to issues you share in common. Social skills can be practiced in group. Group is a safe environment for individuals to obtain feedback from members, find support, and not feel alone. Groups typically run 1.5- 2 hours.
Current Groups: Social Anxiety Support Group
I offer consultation to other professionals on Multi-Cultural issues, and on providing culturally sensitive psychotherapy services. My culture of special focus is the Iranian/American population and children of Iranian immigrants.
Services provided in English and Farsi.