Ali Rahimzadeh, MA, LMFT. Ali has been a part of Personal Evolution Psychotherapy since July 2016. Ali believes firmly in the use of evidence based practices to help clients effectively work through some of life’s most difficult challenges. Ali is a practitioner of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). This practice offers specific skills that can make life more manageable, and ultimately bring individuals closer to their goals.
Ali received his master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego in 2011. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Ali has had experience and training in conducting Gender Therapy to transgender and genderqueer adolescents and adults. He has also had experience creating and facilitating social support/discussion groups serving transgender and genderqueer individuals while volunteering with the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside, CA.
Ali has years of experience working with various populations in diverse environments, and working in traditional outpatient settings, medical, community based, private homes, and criminal justice settings. He 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. In 2011, he began working for 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.
Since obtaining his license in 2015, Ali has worked with individuals suffering from substance use issues while in the criminal justice system as a therapist for a drug re-entry program in 2015. Ali was first introduced to Dialectical Behavior Therapy while working as a clinician at UCSD Eating Disorder Center for Treatment and Research. It was there that Ali gained valuable experience co-facilitating various curricula based groups targeting adolescents with severe eating disorders.
Ali currently provided comprehensive DBT at PEP, working with individuals, families, and couples. He believes that providing a safe space, maintaining a non-judgmental stance, and identifying and working towards goals of a life worth living, are the successful foundations to living an authentic life.