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ABOUT KATE

When I was a kid. I used to snoop around other people's houses any chance I could get. I'd walk around and look at all of their things, trying to piece together some idea of who they were and what was important to them.  This sense of curiosity and desire for truth and understanding has never left me. I still look at people's "stuff," just in a different, and certainly more meaningful way. Now, I am lucky enough that people bring their own stuff to me willingly, so that we may look at it, turn it around in our hands, and make sense of it together. My pursuit of this work has been driven, in large part, by my own challenges, some of which began in early childhood (maybe that's why I was distracting myself with other people's knick-knacks!). I struggled along the way with "too-big" feelings, a sense of not belonging, unbearable loneliness, being outside of my own body, and thinking myself out of happiness a thousand times but never once into it. Being a human is hard, getting to a place where you feel like a human is even harder and I am a fellow traveler on that journey. What I know for sure is that therapy is a place where these moments of painful human experience become invaluable lessons I can share with others. It is a space where I can take the things I was told were weaknesses and turn them into my most powerful strengthsAnd I will choose that every day of the week. 

image of Kate Behzadi holding a coffee mug

EDUCATION, CREDENTIALS, & CERTIFICATIONS:

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in CA #97100

BA UCLA, Interpersonal Communication Studies 

MA University of Southern California, Marriage & Family Therapy

Former Program Director at Center For Discovery ED PHP/IOP

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Trained

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Trained

Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) Trained

Founder/Owner at East Side Therapy

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

EMDR International Association 

MY APPROACH

The best advice I ever received about practicing psychotherapy was, “be a human first and a therapist second." To this day, I hold this sentiment in mind while sitting with my clients. While my work is informed by robust training in depth psychology and psychoanalytic thought, I ultimately hold the view that you are the expert on your own life - my skillset is in guiding conversations so that you may discover things for yourself, with my support. My goal is to provide a safe space in which to challenge yourself and heal - I do this by taking a warm, but direct, approach in our conversations. My clients and I laugh a lot together too.

I focus on helping people separate their preferences from their problems, identify values that are most important to them, and determine the actions that will best express those values. I utilize the relationship between us to help you develop a stronger, more truthful relationship with yourself. From a place of deep awareness, you will feel more empowered to make choices that are right for you, more congruence, connection, and authenticity in your life, more freedom from what burdens you, and more control over your story.

In my work, I use an integrative approach, combining concrete skills-based interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) with somatic modalities, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as Internal Family Systems (IFS). The framework I use to bring it all together is grounded in relational and humanistic thought, as well as depth psychology.

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