Atefeh Fathnezhad, LCSW-C, served as the Clinical Director of a program in Montgomery County that provided counseling, case management and positive youth development programming to refugee and immigrant youth. She has facilitated various youth leadership development programs in schools and community centers, as well as Farsi speaking mental health groups on topics such as stress management and domestic violence.
Atefeh has worked in the field of social work for several years and has experience with populations including refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants, those with severe and debilitating mental conditions, women with marriage and family challenges, formerly incarcerated individuals, the elderly, children and young adults with behavioral issues. Her approach to therapy includes being a strong believer that clients have the power to change their thoughts and behaviors when they are provided with the appropriate skills. Providing these skills throughout the sessions is one of the key factors of what her therapy focuses on. Working with clients from many different backgrounds and cultures has given Atefeh the experience and knowledge to be able to provide a safe and culturally sensitive environment to her clients. Her specialties include PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Stress Management, Acculturation Issues, Trauma, Marriage Counseling, Family and Individual Therapy.
Atefeh Fathnezhad graduated at the top of her class with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore and Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.