Today we’d like to introduce you to Lilit Melik-Bakhshyan.
Hi Lilit, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I was born with a God-given talent that shocks most people. I am part of the one percent population that is ambidextrous. Having the ability to write with both my right and left hands has been a metaphor in my life in many ways.
I moved from Armenia to Los Angeles as a child and always strived to maintain my Armenian roots while being able to blend with my new environment. Throughout the years, I realized how important it is for me to not lose sight of who I am and to not get influenced by my surroundings. My interest in the career of mental health resonates with the traits I have had since young age. Being sensitive and empathetic to others’ needs always came naturally to me since my role in the family has been of the listener and an observer. My ambidexterity is another metaphor for my ability to see things from multiple perspectives. Whether it matches with my personal and cultural norms or not, I am able to empathize with people and help them navigate through their personal journeys. It is my honor to be a guide, as I strive to help people discover their true nature and to work towards living a healthy and peaceful life.
Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career where every day, I would be helping people live their desired lives. It was clear to me that to best help my clients, I would need to establish my private practice, fully aligned with my professional philosophy – honoring one’s unique nature and reconnecting with one’s true self. I attended California State University Northridge and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. During my undergraduate studies at CSUN, I volunteered at the Helpline and was eventually promoted to coordinating the Helpline. Subsequently, I attended Azusa Pacific University, where I obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. I started working with young students at the West Covina Unified School District, where I conducted individual and group sessions to help these children better manage their emotions and cope with school stressors.
For over three years, I provided outpatient treatments to adults and elderly at the Behavioral Health Center Alhambra Hospital. At BHC, I was working with patients who were suffering from chronic mental illness and I was tasked with facilitating group sessions geared towards coping and managing their mental illness symptoms. I also provided individual and couples therapy while working at Chicago School Counseling Center, located in Westwood, CA. While working with couples, I help my clients explore and identify their individual needs while maintaining balanced partnerships in their relationships. I enjoy helping diverse populations of clients and I am currently working at Rehabilitation Centers, where I work with patients to help them break addiction by processing unresolved trauma and identifying their core triggers. Last summer, I took a leap of faith and started my private practice. I am currently seeing patients from various backgrounds and with different needs, utilizing customized and unique approaches for each patient, honoring their individualities.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
While it was relatively a smooth road for me to go through the schooling and become a licensed therapist, my job has its daily challenges. I always strive to provide the best treatment for each of my patients, and as such it was challenging for me to accept the fact that despite the quality of treatment, some patients would not progress due to chronic mental illness or circumstances outside of their control.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I am a licensed psychotherapist and I conduct individual psychotherapy at my private practice. Due to the pandemic, I currently offer teletherapy and plan to transition to in-person sessions as soon as it’s safe to do so. My practice focuses on relationship healing, self-discovery and self-improvements, anxiety, and depression. What sets me apart from other therapists is that I bring a fresh and unique outlook to my practice while I provide a non-judgmental safe space for my clients. I offer my clients a transcultural perspective as I believe that examining one’s cultural norms and stigmas can often help to identify and address issues like anxiety or self-criticism. Additionally, I believe in a holistic approach to my practice by incorporating both mind and body. My practice strives to empower the clients by ensuring they remain in control during the therapy sessions. It is my opinion that each individual has the strength and knowledge to reach their full potential and I assist them in accomplishing that vision.
What are your plans for the future?
My goal is to successfully expand my practice and to continue providing customized, holistic psychotherapy to a diverse population of clients.
- I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to new patients.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.therapybylilit.com
- Instagram: lilitmeliklmft
- Other: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/lilit-melik-bakhshyan-burbank-ca/446422