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, injustice, and abuse. 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 these modalities in my private practice, serve as Director of Wellness and founding member of Harvest Collegiate High School, a progressive public high school in downtown Manhattan, and write literary non-fiction.