Doctoral Practicum Student
Identities: Queer, Second-Generation Iranian, and Neurodivergent
Therapeutic Style: Warm, Curious, and Collaborative
Who I am as a Therapist
As a therapist, I aim to collaboratively support you as you heal and grow into your authentic self. I utilize feminist, affirming, and liberation-oriented approaches to help you better understand yourself and your relationships with others. I enjoy helping people develop a strong sense of self to aid in navigating life’s challenges. Sessions with me typically include reflection and exploration of your values, identities, relationships, cultural context, and the influences of power and oppression. While I have professional knowledge and expertise, I value you as the expert of your own experiences. Although I enjoy working with people of all backgrounds, I am particularly excited about working with LGBTQIA+, Southwest Asian and North African, and second-generation immigrant communities.
I view the therapeutic relationship as a foundational tool to facilitate meaningful change. I prioritize building an empathic, genuine relationship with clients to create a space in which you feel able to authentically engage in the rewarding (and sometimes challenging) work in therapy. I have experience working with adolescents, families, and adults from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual, gender, and familial identities and backgrounds with a wide range of mental health concerns.
I primarily use relational and humanistic therapeutic modalities. I tailor interventions to your unique needs and integrate your culture, values, and beliefs into our therapeutic work. I strive to promote your agency in treatment, and I incorporate your feedback throughout our work together.
Mental Health Challenges
- Cultural & Systemic Oppression
- Gender Transitions
- Identity Development
Immigration & Acculturation
- Life Transitions
- Managing Stress
Trauma Recovery (PTSD & Abuse)
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Anti-Racist Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC)
- Feminist Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Intergenerational Family Therapy
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
- Liberation Psychology
- Mind-Body / Somatic
- Relational Therapy
- Transgender Affirming Care
Who I am when I’m not a Therapist
Outside of my work, I can usually be found drinking tea, snuggling with my goofy cat, and spending time with loved ones. I enjoy comedy, poetry, traveling, and eating great food with friends and family.
- Pursuing a PsyD in clinicial psychology with an emphasis in child and adolescent psychology.
- MA in clinical psychology from Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR
- BA with psychology major and gender studies minor from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR
Training & Experience
- I have extensive experience working with LGBTQIA+ adolescents and young adults experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma and suicidality.
- I’ve received training certificates on anti-blackness and anti-transness, queer SWANA mental health, TF-CBT, PCIT for traumatized children, affirming practice for black, trans and gender-diverse couples and families, and eating disorder DBT treatment
- Before pursuing clinical psychology, I worked as a college access coach in a local high school, and a GED tutor for young adults in the Multnomah County Homeless Yough Continuum.
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