Mahshid was born in Tehran, Iran. Her family relocated to Germany in 1981, where she spent her teenage years. After finishing highschool, she moved to the United States to fulfill her dream of studying abroad. Mahshid is fluent in English, German and Farsi. Her lived experience as an immigrant and an expatriate give her a unique understanding of cultural and social impacts and systemic inequities.
Education and Experience
Mahshid is a licensed Marriage and family Therapist in the state of California and a Somatic Experiencing® practitioner. After earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology, she received her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University. She began her career working for non-profit organizations in San Diego county, offering therapeutic services to school aged children and their families. She has been in private practice since 2014.
Following licensure, Mahshid studied the work of Dr. Peter Levine and became certified in his Somatic Experiencing® approach, a body-based naturalistic approach to healing trauma. Mahshid is currently on the Faculty Track at Somatic Experiencing International and aspires to teach this modality to a broad range of helping professionals.
Mahshid serves on the board of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy. USABP is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to developing and advancing the art, science, and practice of Body Psychotherapy.
“My approach to therapy has been influenced by my education, by mentors I have had along the way and by my own experiences in the world…
I know first hand what it is like to have to start over. I know about the long lasting effects of developmental trauma and I know that some challenges are not meant to be faced alone. I want my clients to know that first and foremost, I see them as a whole person, not a broken one and that I can see their inherent goodness and resilience despite their current hardships. They can expect to be met with kindness and compassion in my office.
My caseload includes adults and children, trauma survivors, empaths and intellectuals, immigrants and refugees, writers and creatives, highly sensitive people and those suffering from chronic illness. All of them teach me about courage, vulnerability and resilience every day. I wholeheartedly believe that our bodies hold the key to our healing. Helping my clients uncover this wisdom and teaching them the tools to access a fuller, more meaningful life, is one of my greatest passions in life.”
If you are considering therapy or simply have questions about whether or not therapy might be useful to you, I invite you to contact me for a brief consultation.
This will be the first step to your healing journey and I am excited for you.