Today we’d like to introduce you to Farid Tabrizy.
Farid, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was born in Tehran and moved to Germany at 22. I went to school there for three years and when I was 25 years old, I moved to California and started all over again. It has been quite challenging building a career and making a living, especially the first ten years, but it has paid off and we are doing well. I got a job providing Qigong, Tai Chi, and Biofeedback holistic services at a mental health hospital program called Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) in Long Beach. That’s where I met Gina, a therapist who later became our unit’s Program Director. Gina and I are now married and have been partners for 33 years. Early on, we decided to open our own outpatient counseling center now known as Harmony Heals. We continue to serve the community through our outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse facility with the help of our staff of 24 therapists. Gina is our Chief Clinical Officer and also she is also currently the Clinical Supervisor for New Directions For Women. She also co-hosts a radio show every Thursday at 8 pm PST called The Recovery Show on KOCIRADIO in Orange County, and also hosts the Ask Gina show live on Facebook and Instagram every Wednesday at 6 pm PST.
My solo passions are in Martial Arts and Poetry. I am a Grand Master in four different styles and I have trained the military in combat and hand to hand self-defense fighting for years, as well as training civilians. I wrote 2 Martial Arts books; one on Shaolin Kempo and the other on Tae Kwan Do, and 2 Poetry books called One Step, The Way and One Path to Clarity. I am grateful to be very active and healthy and having a great time with my lovely wife. We love to travel internationally and have two grown kids, our son who is 26 and our daughter who is 21, and we greatly enjoy spending time together as a family.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I have to say working in this field is very challenging but rewarding. Dealing with our aging parents has been difficult and painful yet filled with love. Raising the two kids been also been full of love and challenges but has taught me there is always a lot to learn.
We’ve been impressed with Harmony Heals, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We founded our counseling center 30 years ago on the belief you can not heal the mind without also healing the body. Through our union Gina as a therapist and I, as a holistic practitioner, we combined our talents to create a place where eastern and western philosophies of healing could blend into the art of therapy and as a process of helping those who suffer from mental health. We began specializing in the areas of trauma addiction and co-dependency treating all ages. We prided ourselves in being inclusive and providing a staff and environment that came from all walks of life races, creed religion and philosophies in order to serve the community at large. We continue to serve the public through our outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse facility with 24 therapists. Gina is our Chief Clinical Officer and supervises our Intensive Outpatient program and individual interns.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
My brothers worked very hard on bringing me to America after they themselves had migrated. They provided love and support those early years. I have had several great teachers in Martial Arts which have helped me to continue my passion over 50 years. I also have a great mentor and a role model Dr Arnold Nerenberg who has taught me to be honorable and compassionate to all. I also have learned a lot from my lovely wife how to be loving and helpful to everyone I meet.
- Email: Farid@harmonyheals.com
- Website: www.harmonyheals.com
- Instagram: harmonyheals
- Facebook: Harmony Heals
- Twitter: Gina Tabrizy and Farid Tabrizy
- Youtube: Ask Gina and PoemologyNow
- Yelp: Harmony Heals Holistic Counseling Center
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