Anahita Navab Holden, PhD

Anahita Holden uses an integrative approach in psychotherapy, incorporating techniques from psychodynamic, behavioral, and mindfulness evidence-based treatments. Her goal in working with individuals is to help find the balance between finding grace in sitting and being with life experiences, and the motivation to create meaningful changes in one’s life. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from UC Santa Barbara, where she was trained in a range of intervention methods, including certification in providing behavioral treatments such as Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) to children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities through UCSB’s Koegel Autism Center. Anahita has deeply enjoyed working with underserved children and families experiencing various forms of trauma in community mental health settings such as Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM) and Morrison Child & Family Services. She frequently incorporates the active use of mindfulness into psychotherapy, through implementation of tools from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Anahita is a certified yoga instructor and is trained in the facilitation of Buddhist meditation by her supervisor, Dr. Radhule Weininger. She finds joy in the incorporation of techniques from music therapy and art therapy, and sees that psychotherapy often benefits from the exploration of different tools in practice, in attaining the right fit for each unique situation. Anahita is also trained in individual adult, family therapy, and the Gottman Method of couples therapy, and provides treatment for children, adults, couples, and families.