Founder, Hope Integrative Psychiatry & La Maida Institute
Born in Tehran, Iran, Dr. Naim moved to Los Angeles with his family just before the Iranian Revolution in 1978. His early childhood experience of trauma shaped his life and his appreciation of how trauma can take shape in an individual and family, and also how easily it gets neglected as the root cause of so much mental illness in society.
He strongly believes in the foundational role of community in our health as a society, the process of healing, and as a protective mechanism for preventing disability.
Dr. Naim completed his medical school training at the University of Southern California, his residency training in General Adult Psychiatry as well as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Southern California, and a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at The University of Arizona as a Bravewell Scholar. His path in psychiatry was devoted to community mental health where he started working with the most severely ill population of children and young adults in a program designed for “high-risk youth” at Edgewood Center for Children & Families in San Mateo California.
Dr. Naim sees limitations of the mental health medical model which relies heavily on psychopharmacology to manage symptoms. Specifically, the over-diagnosis of mood and behavioral disorders with the profound neglect of underlying trauma as the root cause.
He helps his patients heal trauma, regenerate natural community resources, and foster self-regulation skills for self-empowerment. Dr. Naim launched programs like Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and Family Therapy and saw dramatic improvements in functioning alongside reductions and discontinuation of medications.