I am a former LAUSD high school art teacher turned therapist. I left teaching because teachers who taught subjects like art, auto shop, cooking, etc., had no security unlike teachers who taught English, math, and science. During my last year teaching with LAUSD, I went back to grad school for my second Masters.
I graduated with my Masters degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and began my first therapy experience working with the homeless population from downtown LA's notorious "skid row." I worked at a homeless women's shelter where I gained vast therapeutic experience under the guidance of an amazing supervisor, Dr. Rhonda Brinkley-Kennedy.
Also, I have clinical experience from working at Glendale Community College student counseling center, the LGBT Center of Long Beach, as well as working in various hospital settings.
I am originally born in Iran and speak Persian fluently. I have 2 Australian Shepherds named Echo & Disco and my cat Felix.