Dr. Ronit Farzam is the founder, director, and clinical supervisor at Center for Healing and Personal Growth. Dr. Farzam is a licensed clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and two Master's Degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Linguistics.
Dr. Farzam has written and published many articles in the area of psychology and has worked as a researcher in UCLA Cognitive Psychology Department.
She is a tri-lingual therapist who has worked with a variety of populations and cultural backgrounds. She has extensive training and experience in treating individuals, couples, children, adolescents and families in therapy as well as groups and workshops.
Dr. Farzam has a deep and thorough understanding of different psychological theories and techniques and utilizes cutting-edge research in different areas of psychology to address the issues her clients are facing in their lives. She is trained in many different modalities including EMDR, IFS, Somatic Experiencing, Hypnotherapy, TFCBT, as well as Gottman Method and EFT for couples. Dr. Farzam specializes in the field of trauma and is often retained as an expert witness to testify in court and other legal proceedings as a respected expert in the field.
Dr. Farzam considers therapy an art with its roots in science. She offers a highly individualized treatment plan tailored to guide her clients in ways that would only maximize their potential in life. Her clients describe her as warm, caring, knowledgeable, and genuine and often tell her they feel like they learn something new in every session.
Dr. Tani Dabirian is a Licensed Psychologist in California. Dr. Dabirian graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Minor in Near Eastern Studies. She got her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from CGI (currently known as Chicago School of Professional Psychology) in 2005. Dr. Dabirian is bilingual and has over 15 years of experience working in several counseling /clinical settings, including: nonprofit, college counseling center, private setting, community outpatient rehab center and in prison mental health facility.
Dr. Dabirian believes Psychotherapy is a collaborative process between client and therapist. In this therapeutic journey together, the patient will gain insight into the roots of their current thinking process/outlook, which has resulted in their present pattern of behaviors/emotions and decisions. There will be great emphasis on the concept of mindfulness “here and now” as the client sets their current goals and expectations from his or her therapy. Dr Dabirian uses the tool of “Awareness” and “change” as key factors to help her clients make the necessary changes/choices, instead of falling victims to old dysfunctional thought patterns that was detrimental to their daily lives and mental health. California License: PSY24077 “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”.
Dr. Morales has been in the mental health field for over 25 years working with families, individuals, couples, preteens and teens. She is bilingual/ bicultural Spanish and English and has a comprehensive amount of experience working with youth. She has previously worked with a program for mentoring girls in the juvenile justice system and has extensive experience supervising and mentoring mental health clinicians.
I believe in meeting you where you are, understanding your struggles, helping you find new purposes in your life, and identify mindful decisions to develop a new healthier and happier self.
I offer counselling, coaching, and consulting services for personal/professional well-being in Life. I am best-suited for those interested in a Coaching-Style of Collaboration and Counselling (i.e. Strength-based, Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-focused, EMDR, Somatically-oriented, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy approaches,Executive Functioning Coaching,Parenting Coaching, Expressive Arts,…) with a touch of curious playfulness. What this means is: I am your compassionate compass on healing journey in Life. I provide a collaborative approach in therapy, giving individualized "homework" to clients every session. Homework is intended to decrease symptoms, build insight, promote healthier behaviors and increase coping skills in your daily life.
I strive to individualize my tools to seamlessly integrate into your lifestyle to ensure greater success at (re)balance, (re)connection, and (re)growth for a healthier & happier YOU. When you come to me, you know you’re making an investment for fresh empowering practices lasting a lifetime. Should you choose to work with me, we will collaborate to address the blind spots of your life that keep you stuck and together, we will get you to a place of self-esteem and acceptance. I am eager to be a part of your journey towards a more genuine YOU and a happier life.
Dr. Mahmoud Sadeghi received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan College in California. He has worked with individuals, families, couples, children, and adolescents in a variety of settings including the Antioch International University Counseling Center in Los Angeles and private practice.
He is well trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Theory, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and uses therapeutic approaches to increase psychological flexibility to bring about the desired changes by drawing patients into a more adaptive relationship.
He builds and fosters a strong therapeutic alliance where people are encouraged to focus and solve their presenting problems by embracing their thoughts and feelings in a safe and trustworthy environment. While Dr. Sadeghi helps clients with many psychological and behavioral difficulties, including depression and anxiety, he specializes in working with patients suffering from PTSD or related disorders. Dr. Sadeghi is a registered psychological associate working towards licensure under Dr. Farzam’s supervision.
Ms. Reihaneh Ghazi a trauma-informed clinician, & life coach, with an evidence-based and collaborative approach. She is multilingual (English/Farsi), registered Associate clinical psychotherapist, and Certified Transcrainial Magnetic Stimulation Clinician a graduate degree from University of Southern California(USC).
She is certified and highly trained expert advocate of Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, and trauma related issues. As a trauma-informed clinician, She is able to help individuals who suffer from TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Post Traumatic Disorder (PTSD), Substance Use and addiction, and Anxiety related to relationship stressors, Codependency, Grief/Loss, Global Pandemics, and World Related Sexual/Mental Abuse. She has completed several trainings such as: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Talk Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Dialectical (DBT), Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), Play Therapy, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Strength-Based Therapy, Seeking Safety, as well as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing).
Personal Injury Cases Handled: Personal Injury Evaluations and Therapy, including TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), dog bites, serious injuries & whiplash, car accidents, slip and fall, wrongful death, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, employment discrimination among others.
Evaluations of emotional damages include structured clinical interviews and a comprehensive battery of therapeutical assessment instruments and interventions. Reihaneh is an associate social worker, providing psychological evaluation and treatment under the supervision of Dr. Ronit Farzam.
Miryam earned her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from UCLA and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She specializes in anxiety, depression, and relationship issues and is well-trained in many modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Attachment theory. Miryam is passionate about working with individuals and families who seek to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression and learn healthy coping mechanisms in aiming to foster personal growth and development. She also works compassionately with individuals and families who want to develop healthier and more harmonious relationships with themselves and others. Miryam believes in having a collaborative therapeutic relationship with her clients in order to create a safe and nurturing environment where the client’s needs are understood and met effectively and empathically. Miryam is a registered associate Marriage and Family Therapist, working under the supervision of Dr. Ronit Farzam.
Sanaz earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from California State University Northridge. She has advanced training in many evidenced-based practices in marriage and family therapy.
Sanaz has experience providing treatment to individuals & families at The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills. She also has provided psychotherapy to adolescents and teenagers at The Beverly Hills High school & Beverly Vista Middle School. Sanaz’s academic & professional training, personal experiences with immigration, marriage, and motherhood, as well as her spiritual beliefs and moral values, influence her therapy style. Her approach is outcome-driven and trauma informed, focused on her client’s personal goals and based on genuine care and compassion.
Sanaz works with individuals, couples, young adults and teenagers, specializing in modern challenges related to, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, and problems pertaining to transitions. Combining her academic knowledge with understanding and empathy for each client, she uses individualized techniques that combine different psychoanalytic schools of thought with cognitive-behavioral techniques. Sanaz is a registered associate Marriage and Family therapist, working under the supervision of Dr. Ronit Farzam.
Sepideh Gidanian earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and specialized in Depth Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. Sepideh takes a holistic approach in working with her clients, and she is well trained in many modalities including Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Sepideh is passionate about helping people who are feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or lonely and going through life hardships. Sepideh believes there are many reasons why we become who we are, our genetics, biology, neurology, upbringing, relationships, life experiences, and the society we were raised in are all important in shaping who we have become. She explores these influences in depth to help clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their life choices. She believes the therapeutic process is a collaboration and teamwork between the psychotherapist and the client, and self-awareness and growth are the natural results of effective psychotherapy. Because of her experience and training in Depth psychology, Sepideh does not stay on the surface with her clients and explores how her clients' past experiences, especially unresolved childhood issues may contribute to their current dysfunctional patterns of cognition and behavior. Sepideh works collaboratively with her clients to challenge these inefficient cognitions and patterns in order to establish therapy goals based on the client's current needs and expectations.
Sepideh has experience working with adults, teens, and children who suffer from depression, anxiety, ADHD, sex addiction, relational issues, low self-esteem, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD), and personality disorders. Sepideh is fluent in Farsi and English and provides therapy in both languages. She meets you where you are now emotionally, and helps you not only to gain greater self-awareness but also to play a more authentic and effective role in your life. Sepideh is a registered associate marriage and family therapist, working under the supervision of Dr. Ronit Farzam.
Cazzie Marzwell is a Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist who has experience providing therapy to adults, couples, and families. She received her B.A. from and her M.A. from ......
"I truly believe in the healing power of a strong therapeutic relationship. My goal is to provide a safe, non-judgemental place for clients to share their experiences, be honest about their thoughts and beliefs, process their feelings, and cope with the stress of current or past traumas and relational and family issues. My approach is to always meet my clients where they are, while challenging and empowering them to change what’s not working for them.
The process of growth involves trust and vulnerability, and I consider it a privilege to support my clients on their journey towards meaningful change and healing. I take a compassionate and collaborative approach to help clients uncover what is holding them back and keeping them stuck. I would be honored to support you in this transformative process."
Cazzie specializes in working with women and parents. She has extensive experience working with maternal mental health issues including postpartum anxiety and depression. Her years of experience at Well Baby Center, combined with her personal experience equip her to be a great fit for new moms seeking therapy.
Cazzie also specializes in working with teens and connects with them easily. "I believe teens need a safe space where their authentic voice can be heard and their self-esteem nurtured. We will work together and navigate sadness, anxiety, grief, addiction, life transitions, social media usage, self-esteem, body image, and social relationships." Cazzie works under the supervision of Dr. Tannaz Dabirian and Dr. Ronit Farzam.
Dr. Kehiante McKinley or "Dr. K" partners with clients to provide therapy and coaching using positive psychology, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and the biopsychosocial model of health. In 2017, she completed her Doctorate in Psychology, graduating Magna Cum Laude from California Southern University. She also holds two Master's degrees in Justice and Security and Psychology from the University of Phoenix; while her Undergraduate Studies focused on Human Resources Development from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. In addition, she holds a Post Master's Certification in Addiction Studies from Grand Canyon University. She is a lifelong learner and continually fascinated by research and a variety of topics connected to the human condition.
Dr. K has worked with many populations including adults, teens, and children, and those suffering from a variety of stress, anxiety, behavioral and trauma related concerns. Her research on Chronic Pain in Women has influenced her knowledge on the importance of a whole care approach to treatment. Her experiences as a College Professor and prior college advisor has helped shape her interest with adult populations. She has been teaching Psychology to undergraduate students for over 12 years at Rasmussen University as well as at various institutions throughout the United States.
Her passion is providing therapeutic tools and focusing on her clients' strengths to help them reach an optimal quality of life. She specializes in working with clients who are coping with the stress, anxiety of life transitions; whether it be dating, marriage, moving, college, career, or health concerns. She works collaboratively with her clients to understand themselves better and create positive change in their lives. You can expect humor and a nonjudgmental approach in your work together. As a psychological associate, she is currently working towards licensure under the supervision of Dr. Tannaz Dabirian and Dr. Ronit Farzam.
Michael (he/him/his) began his mental health career working with survivors of sexual violence and sex trafficking, providing support and advocacy to teens, transitional age youth, adults, and elders in the aftermath of trauma. In addition to this work, Michael has also worked a number of years in other community mental health settings with a wide range of individuals from children to elders managing the challenges of other forms of trauma, difficulties with substance use, anxiety, depression, and more. In these many settings, he’s provided individual and group therapy, immediate crisis support, trauma-informed peer counseling, case management, applied behavioral analysis, and advocacy. Michael has a passion working individually with people who experience intense emotions, interpersonal issues, anxiety, difficulties navigating life transitions, and/or are recovering from traumatic experience(s).
Michael believes that the core of psychotherapy is deep, reflective listening with a safe and trusted therapist. People are complex, and the things that bring people to therapy reflect that complexity. Working together, you’ll explore what brings you to therapy, identify what’s meaningful for you, and work together towards a life that’s in alignment with your values. Working with Michael, you can expect to receive validation, compassion, and accountability while also encouraging the development of skills (such as mindfulness, acceptance, skills to manage strong emotions, and relationship skills) to effectively manage life’s challenges while working towards a life that’s meaningful for you. Michael utilizes Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Schema Therapy all while attuning to and providing support to clients in a way that is relevant to each individual’s complex identities, relationship structures, and unique life situations.
Michael earned his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Holy Names University and he completed his Master’s degree in counseling psychology from the Wright Institute, both located in Northern California. He is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AFMT#: 136350) working towards licensure under the supervision of Dr. Tannaz Dabirian and Dr. Ronit Farzam.
Jane Agu is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has experience working with adolescents and adults in various settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, and urgent care. She holds a doctorate as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a master’s in nursing, and a bachelor’s in biology. She has dual certification as a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has years of experience treating mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. As our only prescriber at Center for Healing & Personal Growth, Jane conducts comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, prescribes medications, and manages patients’ medication intake. She is in network with most insurances and can help our patients access psychiatric services with insurance which are usually extremely costly out of network.
Sepideh has her Master’s Degree in nutrition and food science; after graduation, she fulfilled her internship in a clinical dietetic program working different rotations of acute clinical care, bariatric surgery, private practice, food preparation and a café management. She became a registered dietitian in 2010 after passing her California board exam. Sepideh has experience working in community hospitals, evaluating different medical conditions in relation to diet and lifestyle, and educating patients to manage their health by altering food intake and applying healthy habits. She has experience working in a substance abuse community center, consulting clients with different types of addictions and disordered eating. In 2018, Sepideh acquired her certification of Personal Training and started holding fitness classes for the community and helped individuals combat addiction through exercise and optimal food choices. Sepideh has a vast background in weight management in private practice setting by customizing meal plans for clients’ unique lifestyle, culture, accessibility, and ease. Her strengths are connecting to each person by understanding where they are coming from and planing health goals based on their specific challenges and needs. She brings her passion of wellness and her creativity to connect with every client as an individual. At Center for Healing & Personal Growth, she collaborates closely with mental health professionals on the team to create individualized plans to help clients reach their nutrition and weight management goals.
Presley Farzam is an experienced Hypnotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, certified by the American Board of Hypnotherapy and NLP. Unlike traditional therapy, Hypnotherapy and NLP both work with the unconscious mind to create long lasting change at the deepest level.
Presley Farzam: "Before trying hypnosis, I held the belief that most people have: 'Hypnosis is a scam.' Unfortunately, media depictions and stage hypnosis have misconstrued it to be some sort of mind control. Having experienced radical improvements in perspective, habits, and mental state, I know firsthand how beneficial hypnotherapy really is. Therefore, I have made it my mission to demystify hypnosis so that it may change the lives of my clients just as it changed mine. Although I am experienced in helping clients build or change habits and improve their lives through hypnotherapy, my area of specialty and expertise is anxiety. As someone who has struggled with anxiety for most of my life and knows how prevalent it is in our world, I am dedicated to helping my clients learn to deal with their anxiety in healthy ways and to help change the fundamental beliefs and patterns that lead to anxiety in the first place. Feel free to call the center and press 6 for my extension or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free, 15 minute consultation to see if hypnotherapy is the best option for you."
Julia earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Davis and is currently attending Antioch University to get her Master's in Clinical Psychology. Julia is excited to continue her studies and after graduation, will pursue her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She is also a certified Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) and hopes to incorporate what she has learned from her training into her own practice. She is the intake coordinator at Center for Healing and Personal Growth, helping new clients with the process of intake.
Lily works as the Executive Assistant at Center for Healing & Personal Growth; helping things run smoothly and making sure clients are provided with the best experience during their initial contact. She is also the Billing Specialist at our center, providing clients with the best possible billing services available.