Nima Saalabi, Therapist in California — Zencare
Nima  Saalabi
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Nima Saalabi

He/Him/His

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
California Accepting Online

I offer in person sessions in Sonoma County and teletherapy sessions to folx in California.

Updated September 15, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Race & cultural identity
  • Trauma
  • Attachment issues
  • Identity development
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Anxiety

Professional statement

Nima Saalabi is a Marriage and Family therapist located in Santa Rosa, CA. He graduated with a degree in Somatic (Body-Mind) Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2014 and a certification in Somatic Resourcing from Bill Bowen's Psycho-Physical Therapy Institute. He utilizes a holistic, experiential, & body-mind approach for shifting & regulating nervous system patterns to promote recovery from complex childhood trauma and PTSD.

He works with all folks, but is especially called to helping Black, Indigenous, People of Color, South West Asian & North African (SWANA), Immigrant, & 2SLGBTQIA+ communities manage the ongoing stresses, cultural upheavals, traumas, injustices and challenges they face living in our social world. Many of Nima’s clients come to him overwhelmed with explicit and assumed responsibilities for their families, culture and themselves. He works with these clients to develop an awareness and understanding of their cultural, intergenerational and childhood developmental traumas, empowering them to heal while learning to build healthy boundaries in their lives. He also enjoys working with first responders, health workers, artists, professors & other folks in high stress or creative professions.

Nima practices Decolonized Somatic Therapy, a body-oriented approach that uses listening and reflection as well as breath and movement to help clients interrogate and interrupt personal traumas along with toxic social forms of domination such as white supremacy, colonialism, and patriarchy. This approach is born from his love for sacred storytelling, ancestral healing, embodiment and social justice, using these to build creative coping skills to respond to life’s challenges and social injustices with increased flexibility and resilience. Nima believes body, ancestry, and community are primal resources for wellness and welcomes the feelings, questions and doubts new clients bring.


Message to clients

Hi, I'm Nima, an Iranian-American first generation immigrant and person of color currently residing in what is called Sonoma County, on the present & past occupied lands of the Pomo & Miwok people. I believe in the healing value of building a deep connection to body, earth, heart, & culture. I offer a body-mind, experiential, & decolonized approach to therapy to help you shift trauma patterns on a visceral, sensory, nervous system level, connecting to an abiding sense of home in your body as you walk your path on this earth.

I know the struggle of finding a therapist that understands & values your cultural context. My passion in therapy is creating safe relationships where you can tell your personal & cultural story and feel listened to, appreciated, and respected. I believe therapy is a journey of rediscovery & embodied trauma recovery in which you can come home to yourself. I love offering a space where all parts of you are welcome, where you are seen, heard, & supported for who you are in all your social, spiritual, intersectional, & cultural contexts.

I remain in awe and appreciation of my clients, as they courageously traverse life's hardships, injustices, & obstacles to create new ways of being in the world with authenticity, confidence, solidarity, love, freedom, & self-determination.

If this journey of liberation calls to you, feel free to reach out today. I would be honored to support you on your journey.


Specialties

Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience

Cultural adjustment - Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)
  • Somatic Therapy extended sessions: $250 (90min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
Therapist's note

I use SimplePractice for all payments, billing, invoicing, intake paperwork, scheduling, & secure HIPAA compliant video sessions. I will provide a link where you can create your SimplePractice profile. You can enter your payment information on SimplePractice (all major credit, debit, FSA, & HSA cards for payment), and you will be charged automatically at the completion of each session. I have a 48 hour cancellation policy. Login to SimplePractice at your scheduled session to begin your therapy session.


Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

Somatic Therapy North Bay, Owner & Therapist, 2020 - Present

California Institute of Integral Studies, M.A., Somatic Counseling Psychology, 2014
Bill Bowen Psycho-Physical Therapy Training Center, Certificate in Somatic Resourcing, 2014
Nyingma Institue, Nyingma Psychology, 2011
University of California at Berkeley, B.A. Philosophy, 2004


Licensure

California: 104844


Languages

English


Publications