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Ninel Simonian, LMFT
Therapy is collaboration. I’m an expert in my field, and you are an expert in your life.

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Ninel Simonian, LMFT


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Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP or EXRP), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational interviewing (MI), Prolonged exposure (PE), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused

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Helping others thrive rewards me with a delightful fulfillment, and it is a privilege to be a small part of another human’s story.

After receiving my Master’s in Counseling Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy and spending a few thousand hours on internships, I became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I’ve worked in various settings, from psychiatric hospitals and residential facilities to my practice, over the last 10 years. I continuously look for opportunities to improve my skillset as a psychotherapist to provide the best possible treatment to my clients. I am trained in EMDR, certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy, and have certification as a clinical anxiety treatment professional. These leading-edge techniques allow me to help you effectively and efficiently.

I’m direct, to the point, don’t sugar-coat things. For me, therapy is collaboration. I’m an expert in my field, and you are an expert in your life – and everything attached to it. We put our knowledge on the table while matching the puzzle pieces. It will take work, but the results will be beautifully satisfying.


MA - Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Argosy University

License Number and State

CA 95218



Why did you become a mental health professional?

You know that I wasn’t always a therapist! Before becoming a therapist, I was an accountant who – I’ll use a strong word here – hated accounting with every fiber of my soul.

Psychology was my passion. I would spend my downtime reading about psychology, going to seminars and conferences, listening to podcasts, you name it! Human nature was and is SO fascinating to me. Then, I would wake up in the morning and return to my dreaded job until – I started personal therapy.

Receiving therapy wasn’t all that mysterious and fascinating anymore – it was hard work. Therapy provided a new introduction to myself and shattered all the familiar patterns that held me back from living life.

I relearned beliefs and behaviors that would shape the polished version of myself – the self that I would lovingly greet in the mirror, admiring all its imperfections.

What are your interests outside of work?

I love reading, cooking, and traveling. Oh! and Netflix.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I love taking walks and staying mindful and present. I always feel mentally refreshed and energized after my daily walks.

What book have you read more than once?

Man's Search for Meaning. Every time I re-read the book, I feel that I get something more out of it. I end up with a different interpretation and perspective.