As a southern California native, Haleh has always had a deep connection to mother nature – on her spare time you can find her at the beach, on a mountain, or on her mat. Haleh completed her undergraduate training at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in Anthropology, on a full academic scholarship. She then earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Prior to entering her doctoral program, Haleh worked as a lead behavior therapist, conducting one-on-one behavioral therapy for children diagnosed with a variety of disorders including autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and intellectual disability. Since high school, Haleh has also worked as a tutor, working with ethnically and culturally diverse children and adolescents of all ages. This unique and gratifying experience introduced Haleh to her passion for working with children and their families to better facilitate their learning and academic endeavors. Her commitment and dedication to children and adolescents inspired her to pursue a practicum-training site at a kindergarten thru eighth-grade school, where she worked as a school counselor, providing counseling to children dealing with emotional, interpersonal, and behavioral issues. Haleh has also become a certified educational rights holder, through the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles, providing her the opportunity to advocate for underprivileged children’s educational rights. Currently, Haleh is spending her weekends completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training certification so she can go on to integrate her passion for yoga and psychology as she develops her non-profit organization for inner-city youth.