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I grew up in the rural, Imperial Valley area of Southern California down by the Mexican border. I was actually born in the border town of Calexico. Growing up as a White minority with race privilege, but not necessarily economic privilege, has definitely framed my view of self, relationship with others, and awareness of my desires and power to help others connect to self and be engaged in the world from the place of an empowered real self. As a Southern Cal transplant (please don’t hold that against me!), winters can be a little long and cold for me. Much of the time I long for the 110 degree weather I grew up with, but aside for the cold temperatures, I absolutely love Eastern Oregon – the natural beauty, the pace of life, and the people!
I moved to La Grande in September, 2001, to begin working in the Counseling Center, and have truly experienced my work here at EOU as an ongoing call in my life. I earned my BA in Behavioral Science from Concordia University in Irvine, California in 1991; my MA in Marital and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University (also in Southern Cal) in 1993; and my PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis in Family Psychology) also from Azusa Pacific University, in 2001. I completed my formal internship training at Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. So, yes, for one year I became a Cornhusker fan … especially of women’s volleyball!
I was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California and had a private practice for several years where I had the fortunate opportunity of working with many families, kids (doing play therapy), couples, as well as individuals. I have been a licensed Psychologist in Oregon since 2002, and enjoy working with those who have experienced trauma and are struggling with various addictions, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and spiritual wonderings. I thoroughly enjoy working with the college student population, which makes my job an ideal fit for me.
I could share lots more about myself, so if you want to know more, feel free to ask when you visit the Counseling Center or see me around campus.
I was born and raised in Bay City, Michigan and am a second-generation immigrant, since my father was born in Iran. So from a young age, I grew up exposed to two very distinct cultures, both of which inform the person I am today.
I have traveled a bit throughout my life and have sought out opportunities that fit with who I am and want to be. I attended four years of undergraduate school obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Bowling Green State University. After that, I moved to Chicago and attended the Illinois School of Professional Psychology where I obtained both a Master’s and a doctorate (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology.
While pursuing my doctorate I shifted from working with children to working with university students at a small college in the Chicago suburbs named Benedictine University. I absolutely fell in love with working as a university counselor, and from then on, only pursued positions that would allow me to continue working with university students… the population I love! I completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and now feel I have found a home at Eastern Oregon University.
I thoroughly enjoy the small town atmosphere and sense of connection I feel from the EOU campus community and La Grande as a whole. I feel that a smaller space and slower pace allows me to connect with people and do my work in more meaningful ways. I believe that given a positive, facilitative environment, people grow and are able to make beneficial changes in their lives. I work to connect with students so therapy becomes a collaborative process. While a student shares their story, I strive to come from a place of respect, authenticity, caring, and understanding. Through this accepting relationship, students learn more flexible ways to navigate through their world and often feel empowered to move in directions that are most beneficial for their well being.
A bit about me personally, I enjoy conversing with friends, listening to music, having fun, watching television and movies (especially anything Marvel-related) and playing a wide assortment of games including basketball, board games, video games, and my favorite: the superhero collectible miniature game Heroclix.
I have been the Patient Access Specialist for the Student Health and Counseling Center since 2011. I enjoy being part of the health care team here on campus. We work hard to meet the needs of our student population every day. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing with my 3 dogs and enjoying beautiful Northeast Oregon.
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Eastern Oregon University
6th Street & "L" Avenue
La Grande, OR 97850
Monday through Friday
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
(Closed 12 - 1 PM)
Monday and Wednesday:
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Tuesday and Thursday:
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM