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Meet Madlen Pashinian Foroughmand of Glendale Therapy in Glendale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Madlen Pashinian Foroughmand.

Madlen, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I truly believe that I was born to be a psychotherapist. Ever since I can remember, even back to when I was about five years old, I would analyze people’s behaviors, try to understand why and how they would say and do the things that they did.

Growing up, I would be the person that most people turned to when they wanted to talk about their feelings or open up about struggles in their lives. I also struggled a lot myself with understanding my own emotions and choices, along with why I thought and behaved the way that I did.

Then when I was 14 years old, I took my first psychology class in summer school, and this opened my eyes and my mind and gave me all the answers I was searching for. In my undergraduate program, I had majored in Math because in my family we had come from a long line of educators, so I assumed that I would go into that field as well, and quickly I realized that I didn’t want to help solve math equations.

I wanted to help people solve their own emotional equations. So, halfway through undergrad, I changed my major to psychology and never looked back. After graduating from Pepperdine with a Masters, I began my career as a clinician by working with homeless youths.

Later, I decided to give back to my Armenian roots and worked with Armenian women who were victims and survivors of Domestic Violence. Afterwards, I became trained in Anger Management and worked with individuals and groups who were required by the courts and voluntarily attended Anger Management.

During this time, I began seeing patients in my private practice and soon discovered that I love working with couples or individuals going through divorce, separations, and breakups. Finding my niche, I decided to become trained in Emotion-Focused therapy and then incorporated my Anger Management training, to develop my own unique approach to helping couples reach their goals.

During this journey, I began to work at an addiction treatment center, where I saw that there was a need for after-care for clients that would graduate a 30-day program. In collaboration with a treatment center, I formed an Intensive Outpatient Program where individuals suffering from addiction would receive a continuum of care.

Now, I have a private practice where I primarily see struggling couples and individuals going through relationship issues, and I am the Clinical Director of the Intensive Outpatient Treatment Center.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not always been the smoothest road for me, I have interned places where I was being mistreated. I’ve been in some dangerous situations and making my first DCFS call, or my first 5150 call was not an easy thing to do, yet I strongly believe that these situations have taught me how to be a strong clinician. I’m very thankful for the struggles, because it humbles me, and provides gratitude for where I am today.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Glendale Therapy – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
In my practice, I see couples who struggle to make a connection, have a difficult time communicating or having their needs met. I utilize Emotional Focused Therapeutic styles, along with Anger Management in order to provide a safe space, where couples CAN communicate and have their emotional needs met.

Along with the couples, I work with clients going through divorce, separations, and breakups. I help people set up goals for themselves, and utilize different therapeutic techniques in order to help clients get to where they want to be because no individual’s experience is the same.

Anger Management groups have been a huge part of my growth as a therapist, and I truly enjoy helping people better manage their underlying emotions and aggressive behaviors which can get them into trouble with their loved ones along with the law.

Finally, I’m the Clinical Director at an Intensive Outpatient Center for individuals struggling with drugs and alcohol. I have constructed a wrap-around program for clients who have completed a 30-day in-patient program, where we provide all kinds of aftercare, including individual, group therapy, life skills, meditation, grief therapy, addiction education, and many more things.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and the least?
The best about our city is the diversity, and the worst would probably be the traffic! haha!

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