About me

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Hi! I am grateful for your presence and interest in starting therapy with me. My name is Sairah Abbasi and I practice within the state of California- working with clients from adolescence through adulthood, and couples, and I also use EMDR as well.

Seeking support for your current hardships or past experiences takes courage and strength. Therapy is a rich and meaningful way to process life’s challenges through establishing personalized tools for change and empowerment of the self. My objective is to support you within your healing journey through a safe, comfortable and open space. All the while honoring and respecting the culture that contributes to your life experiences and personal identity. I use a collaborative approach to establish goals for change and personal growth. Whether that’s improving your self-worth, managing life stress, regulating tough emotions, improving your relationships or finding respite, this is your space.

At times being part of the South Asian community, in a social-location where you are part of a minority, can lead to a recurring feeling of isolation and loneliness. For some who are part of our community, it can even be hard to find a secure space where we feel we comfortable and understood by those around us. This can be a result of managing the expectations of honoring family, finding your place within the American society, or even living the first generation experience. Through my own experience as being part of the desi community, I know there are many layers which play a huge role in being South Asian. Some of which are woven together through traditions, family dynamics, spirituality, and izzat (honor), thus it is so meaningful to explore within the therapeutic environment!

As a therapist, I have experience working with clients experiencing Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, BPD, Bipolar Disorder, family/relationship conflict, intergenerational trauma, gender expectations and biases, childhood trauma, and reduced self-worth. I provide individual, family and couple’s therapy and use an individualized approach to fit each client’s needs. Much of which draws from therapeutic treatments such as ACT, DBT, CBT Emotion-Focused Therapy, EMDR, and Strength-Based Therapy. Alongside the treatments above, I am trained in providing ESA Letters for those who may benefit from incorporating their animal as a part of treatment!

My educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Montclair State University with a concentration in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies. I also have experience working with survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and individuals who have caused harm, and also supporting clients within a shelter setting and a community mental health center.

A fun fact about me is that I truly admire poetry! Some of my favorite poets include Rupi Kaur, Yung Pueblo, Madisen Kuhn and r.h. Sin. When I’m not at work, you can generally find me with a warm cup of coffee reading one of their poems.

Qualifications & Practice Details

License Number: 106204

License State/Territory: California

Years in Practice: 4 Years

Additional Credentials:

Supervised by Lisa Eaton, LCSW

Insurance Plans: Can provide super bills to assist in obtaining insurance reimbursements. We find that many California insurance companies offer our clients generous reimbursements.

Prescribe Medication: No

Practical Details

Languages
Hindi
Urdu
English
Types of Clients
Young People
Adults
Older Adults
Couples
Families
Session Types
Online
Specialities

Trauma and PTSD

Depression

Anxiety

Self-Esteem

EMDR

Couple's Therapy