About Ida Khamesy, M.A.
I specialize in a variety of problems, such as Depression, Anxiety, Drug and Alcohol addictions. In addition, I have a strong sense of curiosity for cultural related issues. When I speak of “culture” I am not only referring to one’s ethnic background (e.g. struggles of immigration), I am also speaking about the social and political culture we live in and the impacts of that on our mental health. I like to help you find your authentic voice and live a life that reflects your true values. I want to help you live a life that is of meaning to you, instead of living a life that is “expected” of you based off of cultural norms.
It is very important for me to help offer you the support you need as you navigate your way through whatever issues you might be having in your personal life. I am here to help you discover your strengths and potentials, which are often forgotten about as a result of facing continuous problems and stressors. My goal is to help you live a more meaningful life, and create more fulfilling relationships with your family, friends, and anyone you interact with.
As a graduate of Pepperdine University, I was trained in post modern theories at Pepperdine Community Counseling Center in Irvine. As a post modern clinician, I believe that patients are the experts of their own lives and that they can find the answers to their problems through collaborative work with a therapist.
My training at Pepperdine Community Counseling center was focused on helping clients struggling with Depression, Anxiety, drug and alcohol related issues, grief, loss, life transitions, relational discord, living with chronic illness, immigrant family issues, and cultural issues. I currently conduct a women’s support group at Pepperdine Community Counseling center, helping women navigate their ways through the struggles of womanhood (e.g. stress management, dating, relationships, motherhood, self-esteem).
I have also conducted individual counseling, couples therapy, and group therapy to the homeless population residing at Village of Hope, Rescue Mission of Orange County. I have extensive experience helping individuals and couples navigating their way through drug and alcohol recovery and adjusting to sober living. I have facilitated a weekly men’s substance abuse group during my internship at this location.