My name is Abeera (she/her) and I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (supervised by Dr. Bahareh Talei, Psy.D. #21252). I obtained my M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Prior to obtaining my Master’s, I attended University of California, Los Angeles and graduated with a B.A. in Gender Studies.
Having a background in Gender Studies has given me an understanding of the uniqueness that each of us hold. We all experience life in a different way due to our circumstances, culture, and personalities. During my time in graduate school, I had the opportunity to work with amazing clients in Pepperdine’s community mental health clinic as a therapist trainee. These clients ranged in age, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
I identify as a South Asian, heterosexual woman. My pronouns are she/her. I understand the complexities of growing up within a collectivistic culture while also being exposed to individualistic social pressures and trying to figure out a balance between the two. My therapeutic approach always acknowledges culture as an important aspect to one’s mental health journey.
As an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, I am so excited to continue my work with clients as they work towards growth, healing, awareness, and reflection.