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Life and Work with Roxie Saremi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Roxie Saremi.

Roxie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I kind of always knew I would become a therapist. It might have been from seeing my parents divorced when I was three years old, being raised by a mother with an undiagnosed personality disorder (most likely from her own trauma experienced as a child), or a force larger than myself guiding me to this profession. Whatever it was, I remember in 7th grade deciding that was my path and sticking with it. I studied psychology in my undergrad studies and then went on to get my masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at USC.

It was through my own studies of wanting to grow and better understand myself and exploring some existential questions that I often have, where I found an interest in holisticism and how the concept relates to therapy. In school, we are taught about the mind and how it works and the psychology of relationships. What we are not taught though, is how our mind, body, and spirit are all interconnected. I began to explore this concept heavily. One of the many links I found was through my physical ailments and some old emotional wounds from my childhood that needed to be brought to the light. I was, and sometimes still am, so afraid of my own shadow self. The part of me I have deemed socially unacceptable.

As I was learning more about my inner workings I also took a good hard look at my outer environment. At the time, I was almost done getting my hours to take my licensing exam and I was working at a community mental health center. My coworkers were givers, nurturers, peacekeepers, just like me. They were also burnt out, overloaded with paperwork, and sugar addicted, just like me.

After getting all my hours, I took my licensing exam and passed and I immediately began looking for alternate jobs. I found Flow House through searching for what felt like years and finally landed home.

At Flow House Therapy, the moment you walk in the door, you feel calmer. I work with several like-minded therapists at Flow, where I practice holistic psychotherapy. To me, that means blending in several therapeutic modalities to create a treatment for clients that is unique as they are. I also practice EMDR, which is a therapy using bilateral stimulation to merge the conscious and unconscious mind together. This is usually used on individuals working through repetitive thought patterns, life stressors, trauma, or any adverse life event.

It is my mission to connect with others on this earth so that more people may feel heard, belonged, and understood.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It most definitely has not been a smooth road. Life is not smooth! Life is like an elevator. It goes up and down and stops and starts. Sometimes, it breaks down and you have to sit in one forever with strangers you would never generally strike up a conversation with. Anyways… it is not always smooth is my point.

The biggest struggle I had on my journey, and I continue to work with, is the ability to believe in my word and my dreams more than the advice and the opinions of those around me. Even if those people are not surrounding me anymore, a.k.a. living at home or at a work environment that doesn’t foster growth, the voices of those people still live inside my head. In my belief system.

For women who are starting their journey, I want you to know that the voices never truly stop. What makes a difference is the ones you decide to listen to because those take the lead in your life. Don’t ever give up on yourself and challenge the thoughts that tell you to or that tell you to be small in some way! Keep chugging forward. Sometimes, it may feel like you have no idea what you’re doing, but I promise you, we all feel like that in some way or another. <3

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Flow House Therapy – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
At Flow House Therapy, I specialize in treating adults with childhood wounds stemming from narcissistic or emotionally unavailable parents. My interest in this niche has come from my own healing of childhood experiences as well as noticing an influx of clients coming to therapy with root wounds from their families that are being noticed in their mid to late 20’s.

What sets me apart from other therapists, is that I embody the modern therapist. I was traditionally trained in marriage and family therapy and have combined this knowledge with both modern and old school therapies such as EMDR, astrology and dream analysis.

I am a therapist who is aware of the modern age, daily life stressors, and existential questions to our purpose here on Earth. I am most proud of Flow House’s ability to create a welcoming space that offers the community tools, in addition to talk therapy, while contributing to the emerging movement toward holistic whole-person care in mental health.

Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
There are plenty of barriers for women today in female leadership positions that I believe are evident across many industries.

What I think is important to discuss, and what we as women can do to foster more female leadership positions, is create a safe and nurturing presence for women to be who they want to be. We are meant to gather together, to tell our stories, and encourage strengths and gifts. All women should embody the goddess within herself by believing in herself and modeling to fellow goddesses to shine their own lights. It doesn’t really matter what that might look like, what really matters is it feels like joy, content, happiness, peace, lightness.

It is often easy now to compare ourselves to one another through all the distractions. There is no comparison. We are all unique in our own ways and that’s what we need to encourage in our future generations of women leaders. Be you!

Pricing:

  • $175 per session with me

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Image Credit:
Photos taken by Kellen Houde

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