Lillian

Lillian Farzan, MMFT, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (IMF 100172).
Supervised by Monica Valdivia-Aguilar, MA, LMFT (LMFT #41352).

From a young age, I noticed the many ways that girls, women, and other marginalized groups were treated as “less than” or “other.” This awareness has manifested into my passion for working with diverse groups of people and empowering girls and women. I have also developed a special place in my heart and work for those who have experienced and survived trauma. In my practice, I keep in mind the major impact of both subtle and powerful pressures that girls and women face every day. These challenges may be at school, at work, in relationships, in the media, and in family life. And these stresses may combine with the unique make up of each individual girl or women. As a result, I value the intersectionality and unique experience of each client and family with whom I work.

I treasure the chance to create a space where girls, women and families can grow and thrive. Through therapy, clients can engage in the act of carving time out of a noisy life to reflect in a safe and nonjudgmental space. Through the power of social support and learning fresh skills, clients can grow in empowerment and self-confidence. Some of the growth-fostering tools I incorporate into my work are mindfulness, play, and a strengths-based approach.

Specialties: My specialties include empowering girls and women in self-care and relationships. Helping clients navigate identity development and self-love, decrease anxiety and depression, and improve social relationships are part of my every day work.  I have a strong interest and experience working with people of color and with survivors of trauma, including sexual trauma.

Education: I graduated from the University of Southern California with my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to my graduate program, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Intensive Psychology on the beautiful campus of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Previous experience:  My previous experience includes work at the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center, with families impacted by domestic violence; the Summer Art Academy, as a counselor and instructor for children and pre-teens; Personal Growth Institute, performing administrative duties in a group practice; Educational Talent Search, as an academic advisor in downtown Los Angeles; YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Services, providing trauma-informed therapy for teens and adults; and Outreach Concern, as a school-based counselor.

Mission: I strive towards building a space which honors the unique culture and individual experience of each of my clients. In this space, I support them to develop skills that facilitate a sense of empowerment and self-confidence. My goals include teaching girls and young women ways to be authentic, mindful and grounded in a world that often feels very fast-paced.

Email: LFarzan@IFGD.care

Phone: 626.585.8075 ext. 119

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