about me

current roles
  • licensed clinical psychologist, California PSY 30223

  • Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Health Sciences at USC Keck School of Medicine and USC Student Health

education

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) & Master's Degree (MA)

Clinical Psychology

California School of Professional Psychology

at Alliant International University, San Diego

Master's Degree (MA)

Psychology

Pepperdine University, Malibu

research

Dr. Nili's research thus far has mostly focused on the use of personality assessment inventories (specifically, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) and their application to specific multicultural groups.

 

areas of specialty

anxiety
  • stress

  • excessive worrying

  • generalized anxiety disorder

  • social anxiety disorder (social phobia)

  • panic attacks, panic disorder

  • specific phobias

  • test anxiety

  • illness anxiety disorder (hypochondriasis)

eating disorders, disordered eating, body image
  • anorexia nervosa

  • atypical anorexia nervosa

  • binge eating disorder

  • bulimia nervosa

  • chronic dieting or 'yo-yo' dieting

  • orthorexia or obsession with clean eating

  • compulsive exercise

obsessive compulsive disorder
  • obsessive compulsive disorder

interpersonal and relationship concerns
  • dating and romantic relationship challenges

  • friendship concerns

  • improving the quality of relationships

  • parent-child difficulties

personal and professional growth
  • self-esteem and self-confidence

  • fostering vulnerability and authenticy

  • balancing personal and professional life

  • perfectionism

  • establishing and executing personal and professional goals

  • transitioning and adapting to different life phases

  • leadership skills and growth

populations
  • young adults

  • college and graduate students

  • young professionals

  • millennials

  • Iranian-Americans

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my approach

Whether we are trying our best to cope with long-term concerns, experiencing more recent stressors, or working on personal or professional growth, therapy and is often helpful for most of us. When we find ourselves feeling lost, unsure of how to cope, or which direction to move toward, professional perspective and guidance can be valuable.

I honor and recognize the courage it takes to reach out for extra support. As a scientist and clinician, my evidence-based practice integrates the best available research into our goal-oriented work together. I am dedicated to continuous professional and personal learning in regard to cultural humility and social justice. I encourage self-compassion and grounding ourselves in the present moment. I strongly believe in building a collaborative alliance together founded in authenticity, vulnerability, and genuineness. Collaboratively, we can work together to explore what brings meaning to your life and how we can shape and enrich your life in accordance to your values. My goal is to help you create insight, explore shifts in perspective, and establish practical skills in order to reach your goals.
 
In regard to my evidence-based practice, I specialize in providing Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) while incorporating other research-based approaches, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and mindfulness skills.
 
Outside of my professional life, I spend time with my friends and family, travel as much as possible, and practice yoga. As a native Angelino, I love trying new restaurants and going hiking with my labradoodle and maltipoo dogs. I am also an Iranian-American, and I speak Farsi/Persian.

 

diversity, equity,
inclusion, & belonging

As a licensed psychologist, I recognize and honor that mental health is inextricably linked to issues of oppression in our society. Every day I witness how sociopolitics oppress specific groups of people, which negatively affects mental health. Therefore, I am strongly committed to cultural humility, which to me means remaining humble as I learn about someone, and this is an area of growth for my whole life. I work toward supporting feminism, amplifying oppressed voices, and advocating for social and racial justice. I approach my practice with non-judgment and inclusivity. As someone with some privileged identities, I have a duty to work toward dismantling the systems that sustain and perpetuate oppression and trauma, including white supremacy, sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination. I believe in being transparent about my intersectional identities, and I welcome questions and discussions about this topic. I identify as a cis-gender woman, straight, and Iranian-American. My pronouns are she/her/hers.

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services, fees, & insurance

  • ​Individual psychotherapy is conducted via a HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing platform.

  • My fee for individual psychotherapy is $200 per session (53 minutes).

  • I am only in-network with UC SHIP (University of California Student Health Insurance Plan) through Anthem Blue Cross of California. I am not in-network with other Anthem plans. If you want to use your UCS SHIP benefits, please contact your university's Counseling and Psychological Services office to obtain an updated referral.
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  • If you do not have UC SHIP, then I would be considered an out-of-network provider. Some PPO insurances will reimburse my out-of-network services. Please contact your insurance and inquire about 'out-of-network coverage for individual psychotherapy via telehealth with a licensed psychologist.' I am happy to provide you with a superbill to help with the reimbursement process.

  • After our first meeting, we can discuss which frequency of sessions (e.g., once per week, once every other week) would help you reach your goals.

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