I know therapy is not linear and it is not narrow. Healing and finding greater ease in yourself and in the world includes integrating and feeling that there is space for all of yourself—your mind, body, and spirit, and all aspects of your identity.
I integrate talk therapy with other modalities, including mind/body easing methods like Somatic Experiencing, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CRM (the Comprehensive Resource Model), and EFIT (Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy). These modalities allow us to address trauma, including racial trauma and trauma around gender and sexuality; find ways to recognize safety in your body and to self-regulate and co-regulate; and approach therapy in an integrative, holistic way.
I try not to make assumptions about other people’s experiences. Instead I’ll aim to make more space for you to show up, and just be, as you are.
I will collaborate with you through your process, bringing curiosity and openness to our work together.
Mahyar Nili, LMFT, SEP (she/they)
Mahyar Nili is a trauma-informed, holistic, somatic, bicultural therapist of color. They are an HSP, and specialize in working with first- and second-generation immigrants, especially people of the SWANA (Southwest Asian / North African, aka Middle Eastern) diaspora, Iranians, all spiritual folks, BIPOC, HSPs (highly sensitive people), artists, activists, QTBIPOC, LGBTQQIA, non-binary people, and people of all genders and sexualities.
Mahyar is a Marriage Family Therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner with training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Brainspotting, CRM (Comprehensive Resource Model), PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy), and EFIT (Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy). She has an MA in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy, from California Institute of Integral Studies, and BA’s in Art, and Gender Studies, with a concentration in intersectional and global feminisms, summa cum laude, from UCLA. Mahyar is a conversational Farsi speaker. She is dedicated to an ongoing practice of decolonization / unlearning colonial worldviews, and ongoing learning of social justices, including a commitment to deeply understanding disability justice. They love dancing, walking under the shade of tall trees, resting and all things self-care, spending time with loved ones, and enjoying all things Star Wars, and the MCU.
Words people have used to describe working with Mahyar:
comfortable, accepting, understanding, affirming, safe
“Mahyar brings deep compassion and wisdom to our work, and helped me tremendously to just listen to, notice and be present with what happens, allowing me to just sit with intense feelings and let them pass. I’ve been able to work gently and easily through pain and lingering traumas I wasn’t even aware of (but my body certainly was). Mahyar’s presence, thoughtfulness and willingness to show up and do the work with clients is beautiful and transformative. Anyone would be lucky (and smart) to work with her.” ~ offered by R.T. after doing Somatic Experiencing with Mahyar