Maryam Khatami, LICSW
Maryam has more than a decade of experience working in direct practice settings with children, youth, and families. Her early career as a social worker was spent in child-welfare settings and nonprofit community agencies, serving children and families impacted by the foster-care system, trauma, homelessness, and mental illness. More recently, she’s worked in hospitals providing support to children and families impacted by trauma and medical illness, and in schools supporting children and youth with disabilities such as Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Maryam’s professional experiences have familiarized her with the day-to-day struggles and needs of the family system, and with the strength and resilience of families in the face of obstacles.
Her therapeutic approach is holistic, person-centered, and strengths-based. Maryam highlights the strengths and skills of her patients and works with them to create goals that feel appropriately challenging and build on their strengths. Maryam is committed to practicing cultural humility and acknowledging the intersections of socioeconomic status, disability, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicity in her work with patients. She adapts her therapeutic approach to ensure that it is accessible and meets each patient’s individual needs. Maryam aims to provide a space where her patients can feel safe to openly share about their struggles, and she believes deeply that there is hope and possibility to thrive and live fully while living with an anxiety disorder or other mental health struggles. Maryam utilizes evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and play and art therapy.
In her free time, Maryam enjoys photography, reading novels, taking care of her plants, spending time in nature, and quality time with family and friends. She speaks Farsi/Persian fluently.