My name is Kate Behzadi and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, identity issues, and family dynamics. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Communication Studies from UCLA, as well as a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. I spent a number of years training and working as a therapist in day treatment facilities for both adolescent and adult men and women recovering from eating disorders. I went on to become the Clinical Director of Center For Discovery, Woodland Hills for two years before leaving the treatment world to dedicate my full time and energy to my private practice.
The best advice I ever received about practicing psychotherapy was, “be a human first and a therapist second.” To this day, I hold on to this sentiment while sitting with my clients. My goal is to provide a safe space in which to challenge yourself and heal – I do this by taking a warm, but very direct, approach in our conversations. We will probably laugh a lot too, if I’m honest. I come from a post-modern perspective, which means that I do not see myself as an expert on your life. YOU, are the expert. My skillset is in guiding conversations so that you may discover things for yourself, with my support. 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.
Although I am prepared to work with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationships and co-dependency, I have particular interest and training in the treatment of eating disorders, identity issues, and family dynamics (including divorced/divorcing families)