Afarin Rajaei, LMFT

I grew up in Iran. After 6 years of studying at one of the best universities in Iran, I earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Shortly after getting married, my husband and I found ourselves drawn to the United States. We took a voyage across the Atlantic and I enrolled at Antioch University New England to further my education in Marriage and Family Therapy. During that time, I worked with couples and knew that I wanted to focus on relationship health from that point onward.

I have spent the last 3 years in Greenville, North Carolina at East Carolina University studying Medical Family Therapy and I am currently finishing my dissertation on couples going through cancer treatment; I anticipate completing my doctorate degree in 2021. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in North Carolina. Most recently, however, I moved to San Diego with my husband and will soon be licensed in California, too.

I am bilingual; I speak Farsi and English – and love providing therapy in my native language with Iranian couples.

Throughout my educational programs, career, and cultural and international experience, I have a deep belief that relationships are the core to making a meaningful life. Relationships modeled at an early age to the relationships we develop with our life partner and families – they are crucial and I can help couples achieve greater satisfaction through therapeutic support and intervention.

I trained in Gottman Levels 1, 2, and 3 and have provided private intensive couples sessions (e.g., retreats). I can help couples work on communication issues, working through infidelity, and addressing how chronic illness impacts them individually and as a couple. I have been part of research studies integrating Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Narrative Therapy with Iranian couples and couples with a cancer diagnosis.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and friends. I love exploring new places, learning new cultures, being part of nature, and getting lost in a new book or TV series.

About Me:

  • Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Family Therapy at East Carolina University (anticipated graduation 2021)
  • Post masters’ degree in marriage and family therapy from Antioch University
  • Masters’ degree in clinical psychology
  • Certificate in Health Communication from East Carolina University
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – #1993 North Carolina (California – pending)
  • Adjunct Faculty Member at California Lutheran University
  • Research Consultant at Heshmati Well-being Lab at Claremont Graduate University
  • Approved AAMFT Supervisor Candidate
  • Author of published peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters
  • Completed Levels I, II, & III Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
  • Conversation Facilitator in small groups of medical students at East Carolina University
  • Completed Level I in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

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