Psychotherapist, Author, Speaker
Dr. Payam Ghassemlou is currently in private practice in West Hollywood providing individual therapy. Having over twenty years of extensive training and research in the field of counseling and mental health, Dr. Payam has developed an integrative approach toward helping his patients to improve the quality of their lives. Dr. Payam also taught first-year medical students in the Doctoring 1 program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Here, he instructed medical students on topics related to patient-centered interview, ethics and professionalism, empathy, cultural sensitivity, and developing communication skills.
Dr. Payam is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFC33893). He has a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology as well as a Master of Science in Counseling.
Since graduating from California State University Northridge and starting his mental health clinical training in 1992, Dr. Payam has been trained and seen patients at the following agencies:
LA Gay & Lesbian Community Service Center
Los Angeles Center for Group Therapy
Kruks /Tilsner Youth Shelter
Hollywood Sunset Community Clinic
The Los Angeles Free Clinic
Hollywood YMCA Counseling Center
Substance Abuse Foundation of Long Beach
Additionally, he has continuously participated in training programs and seminars at the following learning institutes:
C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
The Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies
UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
Cedars-Sinai Health System
The Trauma Resource Institute
The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
He is a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and provides case consultations for other psychotherapists who need his expertise.
He has written and lectured on topics related to Eastern spirituality, mindfulness, anxiety & depression, human rights issues, internalized homophobia, and improving relationship with self and others. His recent book, Fruit Basket, is available on Amazon.
AIDS Project Los Angeles
Gays and Lesbians Initiating Dialogue for Equality
LGBT Center in Los Angeles and Long Beach
Children’s Therapy Center