Ali Rahimzadeh, MA, LMFT
Ali Rahimzadeh, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. He received his master’s degree from the University of San Diego in 2011. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Ali completed his traineeship at San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care, gaining experience providing individual, couples, group and family therapy to individuals who have experienced loss and or who have actively entered the final stages of life. Ali continued his professional development at Fred Finch Youth Center, providing behavioral services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays and co-morbid mental illness. In this capacity, Ali provided services to individuals with various mood disorders, disruptive, impulse control and conduct disorders, and schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders. Ali has also gained experience working with individuals suffering from severe eating disorders and co-occurring substance use while working as a clinician at the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research.
Ali has had experience utilizing various evidence based practices: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Seeking Safety, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) in individual therapy and curricula based groups. He has also developed a discussion group at the North County LGBTQ Resource Center for young adults who identify as LGBTQI to find community. In this capacity, Ali has worked with transgender men, women, bi-gender, non-gender binary, and gender fluid individuals. Ali currently provides DBT and gender therapy to adults and adolescents at PEP, and works with couples and families.
Ali believes that providing a safe space, and maintaining a non-judgmental stance while working with individuals to identify their goals for treatment, build the foundation needed to help others lead an authentic life.
Areas of Interest
- Gender Therapy
- Adolescents and young adults
- Sexual identity and coming-out issues
- Eating Disorders
- Interpersonal dynamics related to polyamorous relationships
- Co-occurring (mental health and substance abuse)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Older adult/end of life