I am a psychotherapist providing individual therapy services to adults. Many of clients who come to me are experiencing feelings of grief, sadness, anxiety, confusion about an area of their life, or difficulty in intimate or familial relationships. I also specialize in working with adults who are impacted by trauma. In my work I understand trauma as how we are impacted by the painful experiences in our lives and the ways in which those experiences shape the way we form relationships with others, with ourselves, and the degree to which we are able to find joy.
If I had to imagine an ideal client, it would be someone who feels lost or incomplete. Some of their goals might be forming/feeling comfortable in their identity, becoming confident, mending relationships, or anything around body positivity.
My name is Nima Robert Zahedi. I was born in Oklahoma City in 1969. In 1996, I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University Fullerton. In 2002, I received my master’s degree in social work from California State University Long Beach. In 2017, I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from California Southern University where I graduated summa cum laude.
The most common issues that people seek help with include: feelings of sadness or depression, excessive worry, fear or anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, codependency, enhancing and fine tuning one’s recovery program, relationship issues, grief and loss of a loved one, surviving trauma, life change or transition decisions, cyber addiction, dealing with other’s substance abuse, social anxiety and conflict at work.
I am passionate about supporting clients who are struggling with feeling stuck and need a supportive space to commit to better understanding themselves and what they want to make of this journey. I have extensive experience in working with anxiety, depression and anger. Together, we can work on goals of developing self compassion, healing from pain, and clarifying your values to better assert your ideal communication in relationships or business.
From the first phone call to the last session I want you to feel heard, seen and safe. Reaching out when you need support is a very vulnerable step. And a brave one. You are worth it and won't be alone during your journey of growth and healing. My desire as a therapist is to help children and teens who are struggling with their thoughts, emotions and behaviors. This includes working alongside their caregivers. The family is a system and needs to be supported as a whole.
In therapy I facilitate a welcoming, explorative environment through the implementation of solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and existentialism. For that reason my ideal client either comes knowing what that would like to get out of therapy or is willing to work together to determine possible areas in which they would like to see improvement. Some goals set by my clients have included being happier, feeling less anxious, improving their focus on a specific habit, building their awareness on their future, improving their relationships with their significant other, and/or increasing their connections with others.
Welcome! I am glad that you are here taking a step towards change. I appreciate the opportunity to introduce myself. I am a licensed clinical social worker with almost twenty years of experience. I graduated from the University of Southern California. I have worked in a wide range of areas. I have helped client’s manage and cope with challenging health and emotional issues, as well as life transitions, substance abuse, and relationship problems. As your counselor, I can help you explore, process, and learn ways to cope with life challenges.
Do you feel hopelessly stuck, frustrated, depressed, or anxious due to childhood trauma? Do you feel distant in your relationships with others? I’m here to help you find meaningful connections and balance the constant changes in life. In therapy, I can provide you a safe and warm environment for you to process your trauma or triggers. I will assist you in discovering your own strengths and developing new tools to manage negative feelings and thoughts.
There is always hope for you, your child, or your family. Life is full of growth, and sometimes struggling is a part of that process, but it’s especially painful to have a child go through a tough time. If you or your child are struggling with fear, sadness, pressure, socializing, family/relationship concerns, behavioral changes or stress then I am available to provide a supportive and compassionate atmosphere to help you move forward.
My goal is to provide clients with a safe place to talk, sort through feelings and explore issues that may be affecting their mood, behavior, motivation or relationships. Using a combination of supportive therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, my work is about supporting clients while looking at the sources of distress and helping them to improve their reactions, make changes, and cope with life and others in a healthier way. I work with individuals, couples, and children for any issue they are struggling with either individually or as a family.
Are you a worried parent of a teenager who's headed for trouble, or is already there? I'll help you get your kid back on track.
Are you suffering the aftereffects of trauma (nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, feeling disconnected from yourself and loved ones)? We'll find a way to heal your pain and make you whole again.
Had enough of the bipolar roller-coaster? Want to break free of alcohol, substances, and other addictions, including eating disorders? Let's develop a plan for your recovery, so you have your life back.
Whether you're here for yourself, a family member, or a friend... welcome! If you'd like to skip reading and give me a call or email, I will be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. If you'd like to read more about the foundation in which I work please continue. For many of us life can be complicated, and at all ages in our lives we are faced with tough times that we have to overcome. We all follow a unique path to find solutions for our difficulties. Sometimes, along that path, we find that we need support, to help us reach the level of functioning and happiness that we desire.
For over 10 years, I have offered individual and couples therapy to people who are challenged by depression and anxiety, particularly due to relationship issues and struggles in making major life decisions (e.g. divorce, career change, becoming a parent). I have special expertise in sexual acting out and, in addition to other treatment modalities, lead groups to treat this.
I work with couples, individuals, and teens seeking help with relationships, grief, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, or depression. If any of these make some days a struggle or keep you from enjoying life, I'd like to invite you to talk with someone with compassion who can appreciate your struggle. Counseling can bring real change to reach decisions, manage conflicts, handle stress, improve relationships, or work on deeper personal matters. You'll feel truly heard and valued as we explore as much or as little as you want at a pace and direction of your choosing.
I work primarily with adults who are looking to manage symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma. I will be with you on the journey of healing to discovery, recovery and connection to your true self. I approach therapy with a person-centered mindset to create as comfortable and welcoming an environment as I can. I believe the trust built between you and a therapist is one of the more powerful tools we as clinicians can offer, and I hope to garner that trust in my own practice.
Are you worried about your future, or do you find yourself thinking too much about your past? Is it sometimes hard to get out of bed and motivate yourself to get things done throughout the day? Are you going through a recent change in your life that may be causing stress or grief? These stressors might be leading you to engage in habits that you would like to change, or you may notice a lot of negative self talk that you would like to quiet. My hope is that we can work together to delve into these issues and gain the insight to help you take meaningful steps toward the change you are seeking.
In this time of crisis, perhaps you, like so many, are experiencing increased anxiety and/or depression, or are experiencing strained relationships. Or perhaps old dysfunctional coping habits have worsened under the current strain. Whatever you are dealing with, I will guide you through a process that will lead to more emotional control, more connectedness and more self compassion. I do follow the tenet that "life must be understood backwards, but lived forwards" (Soren Kierkegaard). We will work with current issues with the focus on improved well being, but will examine past patterns to help guide our work forward.
Are you struggling to get up in the morning? Do you feel like you are just going through the motions and having a difficult time being present with others? Do you find yourself stuck in a routine and not sure how to make changes to move forward in your life? Are you holding onto something or someone and having a hard time letting go and moving on? Are you going through a life transition and not sure how to handle the uncertainty that may lay ahead? Do you want to improve yourself but not sure on the steps on how to get there?
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC, NCC
Therapy is essential to healing from crisis-related trauma, however it does not always have to be crisis responsive. You may want to change self-defeating behaviors or develop or improve your sense of purpose. While the influence of life experience from infancy through adulthood is undeniable, I specialize in using person-centered therapy that focuses on the present with strengths-based, solutions-oriented emphasis and holistic and mindfulness practices that nurture self- awareness.