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Our Team

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Dr. Ronit Farzam

Clinical Director

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.

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Dr. Tani Dabirian

Clinical Supervisor

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”.

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Dr. Patricia Morales

Clinical Supervisor

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.

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Laleh Saedi LMFT

Clinician

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.

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REIHANEH GHAZI, ACSW, JURIS DOCTOR CAND.

Clinician

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Practitioner 

Certified Court Mediator  


CLINICAL BACKGROUND

Reihaneh Ghazi is a respected and accomplished trauma-informed clinician with a strong academic background. With dual graduate degrees from the prestigious University of Southern California, Ms. Ghazi's qualifications reflect a deep commitment to providing exceptional care to her patients. With over five years of clinical practice and 3000 hours of clinical training at the esteemed Center for Healing and Personal Growth, Ms. Ghazi has honed her skills in trauma-informed care and is dedicated to staying at the forefront of the field. Currently pursuing a Doctorate of Jurisprudence, Ms. Ghazi brings a unique perspective to her work, with a deep understanding of the intersection between law and mental health. Trustworthy and compassionate, Ms. Ghazi is a skilled clinician and a valuable partner in your journey towards healing.


CLINICAL APPROACH

Ms. Ghazi's skills extend beyond traditional psychotherapy, as she is a certified Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Clinician and a skilled alternative dispute resolution mediator in Ventura County. She specializes in trauma-related issues, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, utilizing an evidence-based and collaborative approach to treatment. Her extensive training includes a wide range of therapeutic modalities, such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Talk Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment, Dialectical, Mindfulness-Based, Play Therapy, Solution Focused Brief, Strength-Based Therapy, Seeking Safety, and EMDR. She is well-equipped to help individuals suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Disorder, Substance Use and addiction, and Anxiety related to relationship stressors, Codependency, Grief/Loss, Global Pandemics, and World Related Sexual/Mental Abuse.


PERSONAL INJURY 

In addition to her expertise in trauma-related issues, Ms. Ghazi is highly skilled in handling personal injury and immigration evaluations and therapy. She employs a comprehensive approach that involves conducting structured clinical interviews and utilizing a variety of therapeutic assessment instruments and interventions to evaluate emotional damages.


COURT CERTIFIED MEDIATOR - ADR

Reihaneh Ghazi brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her work as a court-certified mediator and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practitioner. With extensive training in ADR and a commitment to helping individuals and organizations resolve conflicts in a peaceful and collaborative manner, Ms. Ghazi is a trusted partner in navigating complex legal and interpersonal disputes. As a court-certified mediator, Ms. Ghazi has a deep understanding of the legal system and is well-equipped to guide clients through the mediation process. She is committed to helping clients achieve their goals and reach mutually beneficial agreements, without the cost and stress of lengthy legal battles. 


As a registered associate clinician under the supervision of Dr. Ronit Farzam, Ms. Ghazi provides psychological evaluation and treatment with a focus on helping patients achieve their goals and improve their well-being. Her approach emphasizes collaboration, evidence-based techniques, and a compassionate understanding of each person's unique situation.


Ms. Ghazi is deeply committed to her patients' well-being, and her passion for helping people achieve a better quality of life is evident in all aspects of her work. As a skilled Associate Clinician with extensive training in trauma-informed care and a variety of therapeutic modalities, Ms. Ghazi is well-equipped to support patients in their journey towards healing. With her compassionate and collaborative approach, she empowers patients to take control of their mental health and make meaningful progress towards their goals. As renowned philosopher Mahatma Gandhi once said, "The future depends on what you do today." With Ms. Ghazi's guidance and expertise, you can take that crucial first step towards a brighter future and a more fulfilling life.

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Miryam Saidian, AMFT

Clinician

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.

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Sanaz Saeidian, AMFT

Clinician

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.

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Sepideh Gidanian, AMFT

Clinician

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.

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Cazzie Marzwell, AMFT

Clinician

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."


Specialties:


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.

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Dr. Kehiante McKinley

Clinician

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.

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Randa El Jurdi, AMFT, APCC

Clinician

As a psychotherapist at the Center for Healing and Personal Growth, my primary goal is to provide a safe and compassionate space for my clients to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I believe empathy is a crucial component of effective therapy, and I strive to understand my clients’ perspectives and experiences without judgment.


Through our work together, I aim to help my clients develop insight into their thinking and behavioral patterns by exploring the root causes of their anxiety, depression, or trauma and identifying the underlying issues contributing to their distress. This process of self-discovery can be challenging, but it is also incredibly empowering.


In addition to developing insight, I work with my clients to develop coping strategies to help them manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being. Whether it's practicing mindfulness, learning relaxation techniques, or developing healthy communication skills, I believe that everyone has the capacity to develop the tools they need to navigate life's challenges.


I work with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families. I meet my clients where they are and employ a variety of approaches and techniques, including person-centered, cognitive-behavioral therapy, trauma-informed, experiential, motivational interviewing, strength-based, and EMDR.


Ultimately, my goal as a psychotherapist is to help my clients feel heard, understood, and supported as the work toward healing and growth. By fostering compassion and empathy in our therapeutic relationship, we can create a space where my clients feel safe to explore their innermost thoughts and feelings and develop the skills they need to live their best lives. 


I am currently working towards licensure under Dr. Ronit Farzam’s supervision. 

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#137384) 

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (#13176)


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Dr. Maral Tavafi

Clinician

Dr. Maral Tavafi has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and years of experience, providing therapy to adults, and teens. She is currently working towards licensure in CA. 

I help people with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship problems, marital problems as well as premarital counseling. I also provide psychological assessment and evaluation including Intelligence, Autism, Personality, ADHD, and Marital satisfaction assessment. I help clients learn coping skills to approach life challenges and make real changes. My primary goal in working with clients is to guide them to understand their strengths and barriers to learn more skills to grow, live happier, and communicate better. Call me for a 10-minute free consultation today to see how I may be able to help you.

I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, trauma-related symptoms, as well as psychological testing.

My primary goal is working in with clients so they can better understand their own strengths and barriers in order to learn more skills to grow and live happier and communicate better. I look forward to hearing from you so we can talk more about working together therapeutically. Clinical Supervisor: Dr. Ronit Farzam



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Dr. Hooman Sepantamehr

Clinician

I have 12 years of higher education in the field of psychology, and 5 years of experience as a psychological associate. I specialize in a variety of evidence-based modalities, including CBT, DBT, and EFT, and strive to help individuals (adults and teens), as well as couples from diverse backgrounds overcome their challenges.

My familiarity with several languages, my studies in philosophy of religions, and my experience in traveling to dozens of countries, have enabled me to make quick and strong connections with my patients, and build long lasting therapeutic relationships.

My vast studies and experience with couples suffering from sexual and/or prenatal challenges have provided me with lots tools to help couples strengthen their relationships.

I specialize in Neurofeedback, Biofeedback, and TDCS, which are some of the the most advanced methods to assist children and adults struggling with ADHD. I am currently working towards licensure under the supervision of Dr. Ronit Farzam.

Please feel free to schedule a free 10 minutes phone call with me. I’d be happy to listen to your needs and goals for better therapeutic outcomes.

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Virginia Farfan, MFT, PsyD Cand.

Clinician

Virginia is a Registered Psychological Associate who earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She is currently completing her doctoral program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Virginia has extensive experience working with children, teens, and families, especially those who have endured trauma and attachment issues. Virginia is passionate about the field of psychology, as well as helping her clients heal from trauma and find new meaning in life. She has an in-depth understanding of different psychological theories and helps her clients in a non-judgmental and compassionate manner. Virginia has a Holistic and Person Centered Approach, meaning she treats the whole individual, considering all aspects of her clients' life and identity and helping her clients find balance in their life. Virginia meets her clients where they are, and collaborates with them in creating therapeutic goals that are meaningful to them . She also has experience and training in Psychodynamic approach, Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Trauma-Focused modalities. She is currently working towards licensure under the supervision of Dr. Ronit Farzam (Psy 23819).

 

Healing is embracing what is most feared; healing is opening what has been closed, softening what has hardened into obstruction, healing is learning to trust life.” – Jeanne Achterberg

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Lily Azizi

Executive Assistant and Billing Specialist

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.

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Jane Agu, DNP, MSN, PMHNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

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.

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Sepideh Nassiripour

MS, RD, CPT

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.

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Joshua Polk, AMFT, PysD Cand.

Clinician

Joshua is a clinician committed to fostering healing and growth within individuals, couples, families, and groups. With a profound understanding of the complexities of relational traumas and challenge, Joshua employs a compassionate approach to help clients navigate their challenges and achieve their goals within their unique social and cultural contexts.

 

Grounded in a psychodynamic framework, Joshua integrates a systemic lens informed by feminist, LGBTQ, and emotionally focused theories. This holistic approach allows Joshua to address clients' needs comprehensively, considering not only individual dynamics but also the broader relational and societal influences shaping their experiences.

 

With a diverse professional background spanning community mental health and private practice settings, Joshua brings invaluable experience working with clients from various cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This exposure has equipped Joshua with a nuanced understanding of intersectionality and the importance of cultural competence in therapy. 

 

Specializing in trauma, anxiety, identity, depression, and behavioral concerns, Joshua is skilled at tailoring interventions to meet the unique needs of each client. Whether working with individuals, couples, or families, Joshua approaches therapy with empathy, insight, and a commitment to empowering clients on their journey toward healing and self-discovery. He values authenticity and transparency in their interactions, believing that being upfront and genuine is crucial for fostering trust and facilitating meaningful change. He challenges his clients when necessary, encourages self-reflection, and offers insights with honesty and clarity.

 

Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Couple and Family Therapy at Alliant International University, Joshua is dedicated to advancing his knowledge and expertise in the field. He holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy from Antioch University - Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Howard University in Washington, DC.

 

Joshua is passionate about advocating for LGBTQ+ individuals and promoting inclusive practices within the mental health field. Through his clinical work, research, and community involvement, Joshua strives to create a more affirming and supportive environment for all clients.


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Perry Fuller, Psychological Associate

Clinician

Perry Fuller has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years, with individuals, couples, and youth. His background lends itself to an integration of psychology and faith, meeting each person where they are, and assisting them in working through the challenges of life. He is a trauma-informed therapist, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR in a compassionate manner. 


“It can be difficult to regain your place in life if your world has crumbled. Let’s work through those issues together. Or, if your harmful past can no longer be suppressed, we should talk.” 


Perry is working toward licensure under the supervision of Dr. Ronit Farzam. Call the Center to explore whether he is a good fit. 

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