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Allied Psychologists Services, P.C. is backed by a team of three highly qualified, experienced, and dedicated therapists, each dedicated to resolve psychological issues you may be dealing with. Together, they’ve been providing reliable, comprehensive counseling and treatment for the patients.

MEET THE DOCTORS

Samira Vafadar, PsyD (President)

Samira Vafadar, PsyD (President)

Dr. Vafadar has over 16 years of experience practicing clinical psychology. She completed her undergraduate education at York University in Toronto, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She then went on to receive her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Alliant International University in San Diego, California. Thereafter she continued her training at Alliant University where she obtained a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Her postdoctoral training includes work in chronic pain, addiction, and forensics.

Dr. Vafadar specializes in a wide array of different psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorders, sexual abuse, sexual disorders, cultural ethnic issues, and chronic pain. Dr. Vafadar’s approach to treatment is based on creating a supportive, validating and compassionate therapeutic alliance whereby a patient can begin the work of therapy from a place of confidence and and trust. She incorporates various styles of practice, including insight oriented, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral, to guide patients so they can better understand their own strengths and barriers in order to learn more skills to live more fulfilling lives.

Nicole Lightman, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)

Nicole Lightman, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist)

Dr. Lightman is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Her primary clinical interests are short-term goal-directed interventions for the treatment of mood disorders, personality disorders, and relational conflict resolution. She offers individual therapy, family therapy, and parent support for behavior management training.

Dr. Lightman emphasizes helping individuals develop and integrate coping skills from a wide variety of approaches and resources to best manage difficult life stressors. Her approach to treatment is individualized and incorporates treatment techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to help individuals better manage emotional and behavioral difficulties. Such techniques teach skills to help individuals to better self-regulate their emotions, tolerate distress, improve interpersonal relations, and be more mindful of their thoughts and behaviors. Dr. Lightman also provides comprehensive psychological, psycho-educational, and developmental testing for the diagnosis of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder, and learning disabilities.

Dr. Lightman earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. She completed her pre-doctoral training at the Youth Opportunity Center, where she conducted assessments and therapy to youth with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties. She then completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Minnesota. There she ran intensive outpatient group programs for children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, social difficulties, and behavioral disorders

Azita Agahi, PsyD MFT (Dr. Azi)

Dr. Azita Agahi is a Registered Psychological Assistant with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy graduating from Alliant International University (CSPP)/Irvine campus. She received her Bachelor of Art in Psychology with Minor in Science from the University of California Riverside, where she was rewarded a mini grant for a study working as a research assistant with her professor on “the effects of parenting style on children’s behavior that are diagnosed with ADHD”. Thereafter, she was accepted directly to the doctoral program at Alliant International University, where she completed her Master’s degree along the way. Her Doctoral Dissertation was focused on the effects of different parenting styles on children’s behavioral development through adolescence.

Dr. Azita Agahi has over 12 years of extensive experience providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help treat depression, anxiety, mood and/or personality conditions, and those who struggle with addiction. She has provided individualized and trauma-based treatment plans, individual, couples, family, and group sessions to children, adolescents, young adults, adults and their families working for the County of Orange, also in dual-diagnosis treatment/recovery programs in residential settings, promoting the optimal healing for those, who struggle with severe mental illness, emotional problems, and addiction. Her mission is to promote the optimal mental health for individuals and families within our diverse communities. She is dedicated to help people process and express their emotions in a healthy way, gain power, control, and insight into their cognitive distortions in order to eliminate harmful defenses and achieve profound results.

Iamee Kling, PsyD (Dr. Kling

Iamee Kling, PsyD (Dr. Kling)

Iamee Kling is a registered Psychological Assistant and holds a Doctorate in Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Irvine California. She received a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology with a minor in Forensics from California State University, Long Beach. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as an instructional support assistant for a community psychology course and also was a research assistant where she functioned as a project manager for domestic violence research. In addition, she helped facilitate classes to inmates at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. After graduating from CSULB, she was accepted directly to the doctoral program at The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Southern California where she received a Master of Art degree in Clinical Psychology along the way. During her graduate studies, she was a teaching assistant for Family and Couples Therapy as well as Psychopharmacology. Her doctoral dissertation was focused on studying stress-management and self-care practices of those attending higher learning institutions.

Dr. Kling practices from a client-centered, insight-oriented, wholistic, humanistic approach to help individuals with their story of healing and transformation. “Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”— David Richo. We often feel overpowered by the pain and suffering that life throws our way. In order to learn from it we first need to be able to listen. She aims to create a safe space to explore painful emotions and help you take back the reins of your journey. We are all works in progress and the beautiful thing is that we are allowed to be. You will discover that you are not alone in your hardship and she will be there with you as you build a sense of empowerment. Her therapeutic style is one of genuine connection, acceptance, and compassion.

Iamee Kling is passionate about helping those struggling through this journey we call life. She has experience in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, chronic pain, self-esteem, and problems related to challenging life transitions. She has worked with people of all ages and walks of life in several settings including, college campuses, community mental health, and private practice. She particularly enjoys working with children and young adults.

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Matthew Nozaki

Matthew Nozaki received his Associates Degree in General Studies, and Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, and is currently pursuing his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Walden University.

Matthew served in the US Marine Corps with 3rd Battalion 4th Marines and The School of Infantry West.

Matthew enjoys helping people in all aspects of life. He has volunteered for a hospital in Southern California where he worked in the Emergency Room to provide emotional support to recently admitted patients, as well as helping hospitalized individuals cope with the stressors of being inpatient.

Matthew is a father to two young boys. He is passionate about teaching and demonstrating the importance of mental health to his boys as well as to the community. He wishes to help people achieve the happiness that they deserve in their lives by lending a compassionate and listening ear. He also wants to assist with the process by providing the tools, and education necessary for people to achieve their highest potential.

Matthew is currently working under the direct supervision of licensed psychologist Dr. Samira Vafadar at Allied Psychological Services where he provides therapy to children, teenagers, and adults as well as psychological testing for ADHD and other diagnoses.

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