Iranian American, cis gender female living in Philadelphia, PA. I am a trauma-informed therapist working at the intersection of mental health + social justice + yoga. I speak Farsi and have worked with Afghan refugees both locally and overseas. Currently, I am particularly eager to offer therapy services to the Iranian community and support the diaspora as they process the collective trauma, secondary trauma, and systemic oppression as we watch the Iranian revolution unravel. I also enjoy facilitating groups for sexual trauma survivors to support them towards rebuilding a sense of safety in their body through yoga + therapy.
With over ten years of experience in the field my foundational training centered around family systems theory with an emphasis on multicultural competency. My post-doctoral trainings at inner city community colleges and a maximum security prison allowed for in-depth clinical practice working with individuals and groups along the spectrum of mental health challenges; from everyday stressors, depression and grief to severe psychopathology and crisis intervention with the inmate population.
Outside of the therapy room my work centers collective care + social justice, bringing mental health awareness & yoga into community building practices. My collaborations typically blend the science of resilience into community strengthening. More recently, my community work has centered around supporting Afghan women refugees through trauma informed yoga healing circles and group support spaces, both overseas and in Philadelphia. Today, I am deeply focused on the current Iranian revolution, organizing in her community and building a grassroots coalition centered around human rights advocacy for the people of Iran.