For the past twenty years, renowned psychotherapist Azadeh Bolour Afari has brought a wealth of experience, knowledge, and wisdom to all who seek her services.
As a solo practitioner in Beverly Hills, California, she specializes in a wide spectrum of relationship issues (self & others) involving children, teenagers, and adults, stemming from a variety of causes including abuse, trauma, infertility, marital discord, interfamily dynamics, and difficulties with individual personal growth as well as intercultural and interracial issues.
Born in Tehran, Iran, into a privileged and philanthropic family while raised in Hamburg Germany, and post-adolescent years in the USA, integrating differences and embracing diversity in interpersonal and social relationships had become the cornerstone of her identity.
She invested her college years studying healthy human communication in the social and business realm of life. In 1989, she graduated with a dual bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Speech Communications.
Following her marriage and the birth of her first daughter, she furthered her curiosity into the human mind and body connection by receiving a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Family Therapy and trauma. Since then, Ms. Afari has dedicated herself to service to all in need of psychological help, guidance and support. Her experiences include her work with battered women as victims of crime, working with troubled youth and providing gang prevention for the many schools in Downtown Los Angeles, providing school-based counseling at Beverly Hills High School and for troubled youth at Moreno Continuation School. Additionally, she trained for three years at the prestigious Maple Counseling Center, providing individual, child, couple, family, group, and parent-infant attachment counseling to individuals of all color, race, and ethnicity.
Presently, Ms. Afari serves on the executive board of The Maple Counseling Center and provides educational, financial, and social support for non-profit organizations such as the Neuromuscular Disease Foundation, Hadassah and Bikur Cholim Hospitals in Israel, Sinai Temple Sisterhood, The Jewish Federation, and the Wright Institute in Los Angeles on a voluntary basis.
Because of her personal and culturally diverse background, she works with very eclectic communities in Los Angeles as she helps families navigate through their different perspectives affecting the different generations.
She works as a team with lawyers, Rabbis, teachers, and other health care providers, including internal medicine doctors, psychologists, and psychiatrists, to build support systems for her clients.
She strives to instill hope in these individuals so they can establish more fulfilling personal relationships and personal growth while achieving life balance.
Ms. Afari continues to be a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics related to mental health.