Sanam Abrishami, PhD
OCD, DBT, and Group Therapist
Dr. Sanam Abrishami earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Alliant International University, an APA accredited school. While obtaining her license, Dr. Abrishami worked closely with a diverse and multicultural population at settings such as community mental health centers, college/university counseling centers, and an inpatient dual diagnosis rehab center. Since graduation, Dr. Abrishami has taken special interest in working with individuals struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other anxiety-based disorders: complex trauma, addictive behaviors and various mood and personality disorders. In addition to an extensive training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Behavior Therapy Training Institute (an in-depth, intensive CBT training for treatment of OCD), Dr. Abrishami is also a Learning Disability Specialist. She is currently in a psychoanalytic psychotherapy training program at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Abrishami sees therapy as a collaborative, goal-oriented, and active process, in which the maladaptive behavioral patterns and irrational thoughts are identified, explored, and replaced, utilizing evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, Act and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Techniques, as well as other methods. Dr. Abrishami creates a safe and warm environment for her clients where they can break their repeated patterns in order to live a healthier and happier life. Dr. Abrishami is an integral part of PCH’s OCD program and she employs her bilingual abilities (Farsi and English) to provide a greater avenue for communication between her clients and herself.