Nima  Saalabi
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Nima Saalabi


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
California Accepting Online
santa rosa Accepting In-person

I have resumed seeing clients in person at my office in 555 West College Ave in Santa Rosa. I am also continuing to offer Teletherapy to folks throughout California.

Updated December 5, 2021

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. Nima specializes in helping Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), South West Asian & North African (SWANA) & 1-2 generation immigrants with 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.

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 earned his degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He 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 know the struggle of finding a BIPOC 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 & recreation 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.

I offer a decolonized & social justice approach to therapy that helps you find your true "yes" and "no", inviting in an exploration of what does & does not serve you, and building an abiding sense of home in your feelings, body, mind, heart, culture, lineage, ancestry, & community.

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


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)


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


Nima Saalabi is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $165 (50min)
  • Initial session: $165 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Family sessions: $175 (50min)

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
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
  • IvyPay
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
  • As needed
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 24 hour cancellation policy. Login to SimplePractice at your scheduled session to begin your therapy session.


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
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9am-9pm
  • Wed 9am-9pm
  • Thu 9am-9pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

santa rosa practice
555 west college ave, santa rosa, California 95401
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed
  • Thu
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 7 years

Somatic Therapy North Bay, Owner & Therapist, 2020 - Present
Sonoma County Behavioral Health Juvenile Hall Trauma Therapy Program, Therapist, 2017 - 2021
Sonoma County Behavioral Health Foster Youth Program, Therapist, 2016 - 2017
Bonita House Dual Diagnosis Residential Treatment Center, Therapist, 2014 - 2016
TLC Child & Family Services, Therapist, 2016 - 2016
Liberation Institute , Therapy Trainee & Intern, 2013 - 2015
Cornell Elementary Albany Unified, Therapy Traine & Intern, 2013 - 2014
Fred Finch Youth Center , Counselor, 2009 - 2011

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


California: 104844