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Here to help you unearth your full potential and move forward authentically

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Meet Rae amirian LCSW

LCSW #88573

Pronouns: they / them

Up until this point, it may have been difficult to find or connect with a therapist who understands your experience as a queer, trans, or non-binary person.

Getting help from a therapist with lived experience can be so helpful in your healing journey to free yourself from whatever may have been holding you back from living more authentically.  I’m a queer, non-binary, first generation Iranian American therapist who works from a LGBTQ+ affirmative, social justice oriented, anti-racist, and trauma informed lens. I believe that in order to feel at ease and live authentically, we need to heal our wounds. Sometimes this can be scary, but I’m here to guide you every step of the way at your own pace. I am gentle, compassionate, and deeply value building the connection between us in the therapy room on a human to human level. 

 

I work best with teens and adults who have been experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, tension in relationships, are highly sensitive, or have people pleasing tendencies. I also enjoy helping people who want to further explore their sexuality and gender identity. When working with teens or young adults, I welcome family involvement to help build stronger connections.  

 

My goal is to create a safe space to explore all aspects of your experience.

 

Whether you’re already out, exploring your gender and sexuality, or having difficulty sharing some parts of yourself with the world, I want to help you feel comfortable with yourself and create the life you envision living. We can explore all the hardships you have been through to help connect the dots around how they are affecting your current life and relationships. Through a combination of talk therapy, mindfulness, and somatic therapy techniques (EMDR and Compassionate Inquiry), we can work together to bring awareness to your mind, body, and spirit. Together, we can change thought patterns that may be holding you back from feeling joy and continue the healing process.

 

In addition to therapy, I provide immigration evaluations as a separate service to those who need help with their legal case. As a first generation Iranian American whose parents fled during the Iranian Revolution, I have a passion for helping other immigrant families rebuild a safer life.

Experience & Credentials

Clinical Trainings:

  • Compassionate Inquiry

  • EMDR trained from the Institute for Creative Mindfulness

  • Advanced immigration evaluation training 

  • TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

  • SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress)

 

Education and License:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

  • Master of Social Work, University of Southern California

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Family and Human Development, Arizona State University

Prior to private practice, I worked in outpatient community mental health where I provided psychological evaluations and therapy for foster youth, most of whom came from immigrant families or were part of the LGBTQ+ community. The psychological evaluations included working with the CA court system, where it was my professional role to write detailed reports in order to communicate the needs of foster youth and their families to judges and attorneys and make sure they received the trauma informed care they needed.

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