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Meet Hessam Motamedian of Self Love Therapy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hessam Motamedian.

Hessam, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
There are many seasons in my life as an Iranian-American. I grew up in Tehran, Iran and finished my studies in clinical psychology in California. I have been an advocate for social change as a student in Iran and a trauma treatment specialist here in the states. Growing up, I found music, singing, sports and comedy as remedies for emotional wounds. I was a teenager when psychology piqued my interest.

It offered a deeper meaning and a sense of purpose in life while I was deciding for my major and before starting UCLA in 2003. I realized I can be skillful and helpful in connecting to people, help raise their awareness about their psyche, body and soul so that they too can access and live their true self in their lives. To become whole, add to this world and help others transcend their suffering became my mission.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Looking back now, I think my personal setbacks and challenges as an immigrant enriched me to be a more compassionate therapist who is genuinely eager to know the person sitting across in the consulting room. I have personally endured prejudices and instances of micro-aggression directed at me as an immigrant. My pre-immigration traumas endured as a child growing up also resurfaced in my adult life not too long ago.

I am glad and fortunate that I addressed my share of emotional pain in my own psychotherapy. Unfortunately, however, the subtle unfair treatment of immigrants as second-class citizens continues while their contributions go unnoticed sometimes. Such social themes are balanced with raising awareness and the help of proactive members of our society. Yes, suffering is real! But so is healing!

Please tell us about Self Love Therapy.
I always believed that any person’s most important relationship in life is the one with oneself. I noticed the extent of one’s happiness or sense of livelihood is directly related to their fulfilling relationships. But the same relationships suffer from lack of trust, honesty, poor temper, unresolved past conflicts and an inability to sustain love or feeling loved when a person fails to establish or maintain a loving bond within self. I am in the business of repairing this primal wound that causes emotional hurt for many.

I named my business self-love therapy to deliver this same intention. I specialize in the treatment of traumas through brain- and body-based interventions without medications. I feel proud when my clients’ faces open up after intense episodes of depression and anxiety. I feel joy when they find themselves after feeling lost. surely I use the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology of healing but I also use human compassion in the relationship I make with my clients to restore their well-being.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Celebrating the end of war between Iran and Iraq when I was 8!

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Nasim Golkar

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