Born in Tehran, Iran, I came to the United States alone at the age of nineteen. My experience with trauma, war, oppression, and revolution in my own country led me to psychotherapy as a way of understanding and processing the effects of trauma. I have more than a decade of experience working in New York City public schools and providing social and emotional support for urban youth who have struggled with poverty, and injustice, as well as for recent immigrants and their families, many of whom have suffered from rape, genital mutilation, incest, and torture. After graduating with a Master’s degree from Hunter College’s School of Social Work in 2005, I received a certification in clinical hypnotherapy in 2007 and became a Reiki master. I currently practice a mixture of hypnosis, talk-therapy, and Reiki with both adults and adolescents. In 2012, I helped to found Harvest Collegiate High School, a progressive public high school in downtown Manhattan that combines rigorous academics with a strong attention to the social and emotional development of each student. As a writer, I have contributed to CounterPunch magazine and am currently working on a memoir about growing up in Iran called, "My Name Means Fire.”