Psychotherapy/Consulting Services

Members of today’s ever-changing society are confronted by multiple challenges at various stages of life. Understanding and appreciating individual differences, I work with clients to integrate a treatment plan that may help to best meet their unique mental health needs. I generally suggest interventions from a cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal perspective, educating clients on strategies for modifying thoughts and behaviors in a way that may optimize personal successes and help to remove barriers to progress. I am also flexible in my orientation and a firm advocate for the importance of rapport and establishing a secure environment for facilitating progress. I will work with the client to determine what style may be most helpful and emphasize communication along the way regarding the progress we are making. After all,  psychotherapy is a place where a patient learns about him/herself individually and in relation to others, and learning often begins with sharing.
In my approach, I often ask clients to complete assignments or exercises between sessions as a way of rehearsing and strengthening the skills that we are developing together to help us integrate progresses from treatment to everyday life. In 50-minute sessions, we are competing with all of the hours a patient spends back in their world so the more a client practices, the sooner changes are seen and generalized. Motivation and commitment in therapy are the keys to success, and I hope that together we can commit to making invaluable changes in the areas of your life that are most meaningful to you.
I offer services in Farsi and English, and I provide treatment for a host of life circumstances ranging from but not limited to the following:
  • Career and Life Change
  • Relationship Conflicts
  • Interpersonal Skills Training
  • Communication and Assertiveness Training
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Adjustment Difficulties
  • Cross-cultural Adjustment
  • Geriatric psychology
  • Caregiver distress
  • Identity Issues/Self-Exploration
  • Weight Loss
  • Smoking cessation
  • Hoarding behaviors 
Once upon a time, there was a stigma against therapy. There was an assumption that only certain types of individuals go to see therapists. Well I’m happy to say that times have changed! I’m a huge advocate for the notion that anyone can benefit from psychotherapy. I encourage you to consider therapy as a wonderful opportunity where you may explore your thoughts, interests, commitments, and goals in a place that is emotionally safe, to challenge strongly held beliefs that may be getting in the way of your relationships/work, and to try different ways to “relate, think, and do.” Imagine that you may develop skills you never knew you wanted/needed for success, to monitor your progress in important areas of your life, to recognize roadblocks as or before they arise, and to implement an action plan toward success in a setting that fosters accountability and self-awareness., where you’re welcome to selfish and make it all about ‘you” in a wonderful way.
Therapy is a sign not of weakness but of strength: strength to rise above fear, doubt, and adversity; strength to ask for help; and strength to confront one’s potential blindspots, to develop oneself, and to learn to conquer obstacles along life’s path. I hope to see you there…

To start your journey, please contact me for an appointment and completed New Client Paperwork (click here).

 

Targeted Weight Loss Services

In addition to the other services I provide, helping clients achieve healthy weight loss is my passion. In 2007, I completed my clinical internship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At Temple, I was fortunate to have completed focused training through the Temple University Hospital Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) in behavioral weight management services for weight loss and the conduct of psychological evaluation for bariatric and lung transplant candidates.

My Therapeutic Approach

My approach with clients is heavily cognitive-behavioral, collaborative, and interactive in nature. During our initial meeting, I thoroughly assess your unique situation, offer compassionate insights into how your patterns of thinking and behaving may be influencing your current situation and feelings, and I offer you effective tools that can help. Since no two people are completely alike, I individualize treatment with each client and utilize a variety of treatments, largely informed by cognitive-behavioral techniques and interpersonal therapy. Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to reduce emotional distress, improve relationships and coping skills for managing difficulties, and to enrich your wisdom and skills to move through life a happier person. Many of private patients have happened to be doctoral level/professional students transitioning out of school and into the initial stage of their careers, so I have special expertise in helping to guide clients through this important and exciting phase of life.

While my training may suggest that I am rather specialized in my work with veterans and weight loss patients, I welcome clients with diverse treatment interests. Services include:

  • Relationship counseling
  • Depression/mood management
  • Anxiety management
  • Stress management
  • Career change/career satisfaction
  • Coping with medical illness/disability
  • Aging
  • Coping with significant life change
  • Communication strategies/interpersonal skills
  • Self-image/self-esteem

I value comprehensive treatment and, upon your consent, look forward to collaborating with other healthcare providers on your team, such as your primary care doctor.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

In August, 2014, I completed board certification in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology (ABCBP, now referred to as Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology based on heavy emphasis on effectiveness of behavioral techniques). Becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology has been the greatest accomplishment of my career to date and serves as a testament to my commitment in helping clients achieve success thru self-empowerment & changing how they interact with the world around them. While my style can be eclectic (drawing from alternative types of treatment to best serve my clients), I primarily draw from a cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, in an often straight-forward approach that helps us to identify thoughts (a.k.a. cognitions) and behaviors that may trigger uncomfortable feelings/behaviors/outcomes. Through bringing your awareness to thoughts/behaviors that can be problematic, we begin to break self-defeating cycles in your life, reducing negative behaviors and the feelings that often follow.

Asking for help takes courage and faith in yourself and the person you choose to work with. Our treatment sessions serve as catalysts for positive change in your life; together we will define specific problems and identify adaptive avenues for resolution. We will cultivate assertiveness while implementing strategies for self-empowerment, communication, and self-advocacy.

Time in treatment varies depending on your needs, how often we meet, and our goals for treatment. CBT is shown to be generally more effective sooner than other types of therapy in demonstrating positive change maintained over time.

Diversity Matters: You are unique!

I recognize and value your diversity and am a recognized leader in diversity in Arizona. Please see above for specific background in diversity sensitivity, awareness, training, and education.

If at any time it seems that a client may benefit greater from treatment elsewhere, I will do my best to help you to identify a more suitable provider. If warranted, I may also assist in locating other professionals who may compliment and optimize the work we do together based on the issues we are working on, such as:

  • Primary Care Provider (For a fabulous team of primary care providers, please start by contacting the exceptional multidisciplinary team at Midwestern University Clinic, Glendale, Az: 623-537-6000; http://www.mwuclinic.com/az/). Please do not hesitate to contact me for specific referrals by name.
    Sleep Disorder Specialist/Sleep Clinic
  • Psychiatrist
  • Neurologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Personal Trainer

 Beyond Limits:
‘Nothing Happens Until Something Moves, So Let’s Get ‘Movin!’

Community Service

In addition to the work I do with the Arizona Psychological Association (Past Diversity Representative, Membership Representative to Governing Council, multiple committee involvement), since 2009 I have also served on the Professional Advisory Council of NotMyKid, an organization that prepares kids to face everyday challenges with courage and confidence. Through unique education models of peer-to-peer education, NotMyKid addresses the life-changing issues of substance abuse, bullying, unhealthy relationships, eating disorders, depression/self injury, and internet safety.