Ana Mazdyasni, LMFT, Evolve Therapist
Availability – Wednesday afternoons & Friday mornings, Marina/Cow Hollow
I have a particular interest and specialty in working with Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders (binge eating, bingeing/purging, yo-yo dieting, restricting, compulsive overeating or overexercise), Perfectionism, Anxiety, Stress Management/Overwhelm, Work/Life Balance, Relationships and Dating, Identity and Purpose, and Life Transitions.
In our work together, I blend the evidence-based approaches of Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral (DBT) with Narrative and Mindfulness-Based therapies.
How I work
Our first few sessions are about getting to know each other. I’ll get to know about you, and you’ll get to know about me and how I work. I’m interested in your hopes and intentions for therapy, what’s working in your life, and what you’d like to improve or change. One of the first questions I invite you to explore is, how would we know that our work together is proving useful? What would we see happening in your life — what would you be experiencingoutside of our sessions — that would let us know our conversations inside of sessions were helpful and leading to desired changes? In essence, we look to where you want to be, and together build a roadmap to get you there.
My style is real and relational. Therapy with me is not an interrogation where I shoot off questions, then sit back silently nodding in reply. It’s a conversation. A collaboration. And we create it together. Some weeks you’ll come in and know exactly what you want to talk about, which is great. Other weeks you’ll have no clue, which is also great. Therapy is a two-way street, and I’ll be meeting you halfway. Nothing is too big or small, unrelated or irrelevant. There’s space for all of it in our sessions. There’s space for you, for all of you.
As a woman in today’s world, pulled by the competing cultural discourses and demands of who to be, how to look, and what to feel (or not feel), I have walked the path of feeling trapped and trivialized by all the “musts” and “shoulds” imposed from the outside. It leaves one feeling stuck and stagnant on the inside, wondering where they have a say or sense of agency in their own lives. I have also walked the path of coming to know oneself, dropping into what holds personal matter and meaning, and creating a life that’s in alignment and alliance with these intrinsic values. Reclamation from the inside out — that is what I love about supporting people on this path. This work has called me to witness others’ journeys in this direction, and I’m continually inspired by the clients who consult me. I’m passionate about helping women and men take back their lives from the effects of perfectionism, disordered eating, anxiety and the diet roller coaster…and reclaim their lives to be aligned and attuned with their values, passions and purpose. Unsure of what your values, passions and purpose truly are? Therapy gets to be a designated place to devise and discover these. Reaching out is the first step in this direction, and it’s a privilege to be able to walk this journey, step by step, by your side.
Training & Experience
In graduate school, my yearlong intensive training in the client-centered, strength-based approaches of Solution-Focused and Narrative Therapy was complemented by a special interest and extensive study in Mindfulness-based treatments for anxiety. I completed my 3,000 hours of clinical training at Southern California Counseling Center(working with individuals, couples and families struggling with anxiety/panic, eating disorders, relationship issues and depression), public schools in Southern and Northern California, as well as an intensive outpatient (IOP) eating disorder treatment center. In addition to my work as Group and Intake Therapist at an IOP eating disorder treatment center, I am on staff as an Eating Disorder Specialist at Mills College’s Counseling and Psychological Services counseling center. I have trained through UC Berkeley’s Eating and Weight Disorders Certification Program, JFK University’s Eating Disorder Treatment Certification Program and JFK University’s Nutritional Psychology Certification Program.
License & Education
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC #89126
- Master’s Degree, Psychology – Marriage & Family Therapy, Phillips Graduate Institute
- Bachelor’s Degree, Public Relations, University of Southern California