Houman "Nick" Nikgohar
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who believes that the connection between therapist and client is the key to successful outcomes. I work in collaboration with my client’s to create meaningful goals. Therapy may be difficult or may bring up uncomfortable feelings for some clients. For this reason, I conduct therapy in a caring, supportive, and nonjudgmental way. My approach is to work with clients in a supportive fashion and to encourage clients to challenge themselves to achieve their goals in a safe environment. I strive to create a specific therapeutic plan for each individual’s needs. Therapy is the best way for individuals to work on themselves and to grow.
I have experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups; suffering from issues such as anxiety, depression, and trauma. My specializations’ are working with teens and young adults who are suffering from anxiety, depression, adjusting to life changes, behavioral issues, and ADHD. Working with couples is another area of my expertise; I help couples to communicate better, provide an environment where couples can be vulnerable with one another, and to identify unhealthy relationship patterns. I provide exceptional therapy to clients’ suffering from anxiety, phobias, and struggles to make life decisions. Lastly, I have extensive experience working with drug and alcohol addiction; I also provide therapy for other addictions including: gambling, shopping, internet, and video games.
I was born in Iran and have lived in Los Angeles since the age of six. I am able to conduct sessions in Farsi and am culturally sensitive when providing therapy. My experience of being raised in two cultures helps me to provide services for clients who are assimilating to American life, couples struggling with cultural differences, and help clients to become more independent while being culturally sensitive. In addition, I help families with generational barriers and cultural differences to connect and communicate better.
I received my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, from California State University, Northridge, followed by a Master of Arts, in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles. I am now currently working on a PsyD. degree at Ryokan College. I attend workshops and lectures frequently in order to be up to date with new research, to expand my knowledge of conducting therapy, and learning new techniques in order to provide optimal care for my clients. My number one goal is to provide the best therapy for each individual’s needs.