Dr. Payam Ghassemlou PhD, MFT

Payam Ghassemlou

Dr. Payam Ghassemlou MFT, Ph.D. is currently in private practice in West Hollywood providing individual psychotherapy. 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 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. Teaching has enhanced his ability to discuss complex psychological factors in an easier to understand fashion.

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 the start of his psychotherapy 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, immigration, internalized homophobia, coming out, shame, and improving relationship with self and others. His recent book, Fruit Basket, is available on Amazon.

Volunteer Work:

AIDS Project Los Angeles

CSUN Helpline

Gays and Lesbians Initiating Dialogue for Equality

LGBT Center in Los Angeles and Long Beach

Children’s Therapy Center

UCLA

To learn more about Dr. Payam, please visit his web site: http://www.DrPayam.com.

Payam Ghassemlou MFT, Ph.D.
http://www.DrPayam.com
8560 Sunset Blvd, #500
West Hollywood, California
90069
Articles Payam has Published
Depression is Treatable
Depression is Treatable

Depression is common and treatable. It can strike anyone at any age. Consulting with your physician or a licensed mental health provider is the best way to find out if you suffering from depression and »

Depression is common and treatable. It can strike anyone at any age. Consulting with your physician or a licensed mental health provider is the best way to find out if you suffering from depression and the type of depression you might be having. A person with depression can experience a few or many of the followings: Feelings of sadness and emptiness, Feelings of anxiety, Experiencing restlessness..

Dr. Payam Ghassemlou · May 27th, 2017

Dr. Payam Ghassemlou · May 27th, 2017

Gays in Search of Meaning
Gays in Search of Meaning

Many gay people are acknowledging a need for a more meaningful way of living to avoid a motionless and purposeless existence. Lack of depth and meaning has caused many gay people to experience feelings »

Many gay people are acknowledging a need for a more meaningful way of living to avoid a motionless and purposeless existence. Lack of depth and meaning has caused many gay people to experience feelings of boredom and emptiness. Such feelings have forced many to look for something outside of themselves in order to feel content. Some indulge in drug use, excessive drinking, or brief romantic affairs,..

Dr. Payam Ghassemlou · May 10th, 2017

Dr. Payam Ghassemlou · May 10th, 2017

When the Need for Connection Trumps Authenticity
When the Need for Connection Trumps Authenticity

As a baby, you were an authentic being. Your laughter and tears were real. You were also helpless and depended on your caregivers for survival. Your caregivers had an important role in helping you feel »

As a baby, you were an authentic being. Your laughter and tears were real. You were also helpless and depended on your caregivers for survival. Your caregivers had an important role in helping you feel securely connected to and loved by them. The depth and genuineness of your current connection with others stems from how successfully your caregivers managed their role as an attachment figure. This..

Dr. Payam Ghassemlou · March 29th, 2017

Dr. Payam Ghassemlou · March 29th, 2017