About

Ida Khamesy

MY APPROACH TO HELPING

Reaching out to a complete stranger for emotional support is not easy! The healing process can be perceived as the beginning of a challenging journey. The healing process will require your willingness to want to make changes in your life. Some of us may have grown up in cultures in which asking for help is considered to be taboo or a sign of weakness. Some of us may simply not know how to ask for help and have grown used to placing our own emotional needs last. I whole-heartedly believe that the quality of our relationships with ourselves will directly impact the quality of our relationships with those around us.

 

Finding the right therapist is the first step in the therapeutic process. I want to invite you to view "asking for help" as a strength and an acknowledgment that the "status quo" is no longer serving you. It’s OK to fear change. Feeling heard, respected, understood, safe, and comfortable with your therapist can make the journey of self-discovery much easier.

As an adjunct faculty member and group facilitator at Pepperdine University, I have learned that the best way to assist others is through collaboration and compassion. I am passionate about witnessing others grow emotionally and live more meaningful lives.

 

I have a great sense of appreciation regarding the impacts of cultural societal norms, age, and family expectations on individuals’ mental well being. I have had the privilege of working with many clients struggling with developing a life that feels "balanced" and less stressful while continuing to show up for their loved ones.

REMEMBER, " YOU CAN'T POUR FROM AN EMPTY CUP." The first step towards developing healthy relationships is to build a healthy relationship with yourself.

 

Therapy can be the stepping stone towards learning to be "OK" with creating space or yourself in the world that can appear demanding at the time. Clients often report that they find my therapeutic approach to be compassionate and nonjudgmental. My goal is to tailor sessions to meet your unique individual therapeutic needs, as no two individuals are the same. My therapeutic approach is solution focused and aims to provide clients with healthy coping skills and helpful emotional tools.

Credentials:

Master’s of Arts, Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Pepperdine University, Irvine

 

Bachelor’s of Art, Psychology and Social Behavior,

University of California Irvine

 

In addition to my clinical practice, I am an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology where I have taught since 2016.

 

I currently teach Professional Ethics and Law for Mental Health Professionals.

I have also been facilitating a weekly Women’s Support Group at Pepperdine Community Center since 2014.

Languages I Speak: Farsi
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