Dorsa Jahanbakhsh, Doctoral Intern

Dorsa Jahanbakhsh, Doctoral Intern

Doctoral Intern

Supervised by: Katie Fahrner, PhD

Pronouns: she/her/hers

“The wound is where the light enters you”


Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. My name is Dorsa, and I’m a doctoral intern here at Deep Eddy Therapy. Your comfort and trust are paramount, and I am here to support you in making an informed decision about whether we can work together effectively. I’m here to provide a supportive and non-judgemental space where we can collaboratively navigate your unique experiences.

Who I Work Best With:

  • Young Adults 
  • Adults 
  • Seniors 
  • Parents 
  • Couples 
  • Medical Professionals 
  • Immigrant and refugee population

Clinical Interests:

  • Relationship Issues 
  • Self esteem 
  • Anxiety 
  • Codependency 
  • Coping Skills 
  • Depression 
  • Family Conflict 
  • Grief 
  • Life Transitions 
  • Marital and Premarital 
  • Peer Relationships 
  • School Issues
  • Sexual Abuse 
  • Stress 
  • Trauma and PTSD 
  • Women’s Issues

Practice Philosophy: 

At the heart of my work is the belief in building genuine connections, allowing clients to feel seen, heard, and cared for, while empowering them to access their strength, intuition, and inner healer. I see healing as a journey of reconnection—reconnecting to the present moment, to others, to nature, to our humanity, and to our own inherent being. I walk alongside clients, helping to explore the deeper meaning behind wounds, and supporting the inner healer within them to move forward. I utilize systems-informed psychodynamic, internal family systems, narrative, dialectical behavioral, humanistic, and somatic/holistic approaches. These models provide me with the tools to not only alleviate symptoms but also to understand their underlying functions, enabling healing at the root of the pain. I highly value warmth, genuineness, curiosity, and humility in my work as a clinician.

My Background & Interests:

Navigating the intricacies of human experience has been the driving force behind my journey as a clinician. I was born in Iran and immigrated to California at a young age, I later went on to obtain my B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. Realizing my deep passion for human behavior, I began my journey toward becoming a clinical psychologist and completed my Master’s at Azusa Pacific University, with a focus on psychoanalysis. I have experience in community settings, offering individual and couples counseling to adults, adolescents and children. Additionally, I have provided psychological and psychodiagnostic evaluations. 

When I’m not in the therapy room, I’m generally pursuing my passions such as being in nature, spending time with my dogs, painting, participating in cultural gatherings. I enjoy diving into psychology and relationship podcasts, such as this Jungian Life, and watching a range of shows like Mind Hunter and Maniac. These pursuits not only bring me joy but also enrich my understanding of the world and the people in it. Building a warm and supportive environment is at the core of my approach, and I’m excited for the opportunity to build deep connections as we embark on this journey together.