Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Narrative Initiatives San Diego
The Center for Health & Wellbeing
3636 5th Ave, San Diego, 92103


Therapy is what is brought forth by all the participants in it. I work with:

  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Families

I work from a Narrative theory framework, working with clients who may have/be experiencing:

  • Relational Issues/Problems (marriage, family, partnerships, etc.)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Eating Disorders

I offer a free 30-minute consultation to connect with clients to get a better understanding of their hopes and expectations, and to see if we’ll be a “fit” in our relationship.


Narrative Health Initiatives
The Center for Health & Wellbeing
3636 5th Ave, San Diego, 92103


I practice Narrative therapy. I am interested in:

  • Exploring the actions you have taken in your life
  • The meanings you apply to these actions
  • The physiological effects this may produce
  • Ways you make sense of your life
  • Stories and identities you prefer in your life

Of course, this is all embedded in a tumultuous and fluid environment that I'm intrigued about. Through the lens of Narrative theory, I pay particular attention to:

  • Constructions of identity
  • The role of power and agency in our lives
  • A deliberative and intentional process called deconstruction and scaffolding

I pride myself in being adaptable and flexible, and understanding the ways that clients prefer that I support them. Theory is something that can be important to discuss during our initial consultation, and I am always happy to discuss and explain my work in further detail.

Please Note: I am not currently accepting new clients at this time. Thank you for your understanding.


I am a lecturer at San Diego State University. I teach in the Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program, the Master’s of Education (Counseling) program, the undergraduate Counseling minor program, the Honors college, and the Certificate for Mental Health Recovery and Trauma-informed Care program. Some of the classes I teach in these contexts include:

  • CSP 625/626 – Marriage and Family Therapy Theories I & II
  • CSP 670 – Group Counseling
  • CSP 618 – Mental Health Recovery: A Social Justice Perspective
  • CSP 640 – MFT Tests and Assessments
  • CSP 320 – Intro to Counseling
  • HON 113 – Music and Identity

I currently present and train practicioners and advocates in the Southern California regions. Some recent presentations include:

  • "Contemporary Explorations of Domestic Violence Services" - San Diego Domestic Violence Council (June 19, 2018)
  • “Safety Planning” – DV Essentials Training (San Diego County) (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Monk, G. & Zamani, N. (2018, March 29). The Affective Turn. Presentation, Narrative Gathering, San Diego, CA.
  • Zamani, N., Martir, G., Nelson-Cahill, L.., & Agape, L. (2018, March 27). Working with Refugee Communities: Considerations of Anti-Colonialism in Domestic Violence Counseling. Presentation, Narrative Gathering, San Diego, CA.
  • Monk, G. & Zamani, N. (2017, April). The Affective Turn. Presentation, AAMFT Conference, San Diego, CA.

Some recent publications include:

  • Monk, G., & Zamani, N. (2018). Integrating Emerging Understandings of Neuropsychology and Affect for Narrative Therapy with Couples. In Postmodern Perspectives on Contemporary Counseling Issues.
  • Alzendi, D., Zamani, N., and Ashour, A. (2017). A Study on Mental Health and Gender Based Violence Amongst Iraqi Youth and Syrian families of Newcomers to San Diego, California.
  • Zamani, N. J., Smith, G. S., & Monk, G. (2013). Online Forums as Definitional Ceremonies. Journal of Systemic Therapies,32(4), 1-18.
Advocacy and Clinical Supervision

As an active member of my community, it is important to me to be involved and influential. I am an active member of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council, and am the chair of the Men’s Advocacy subcommittee of the DV Council. Additionally, I engage in developing service-learning opportunities for my students to be able to engage with and support their communities, particularly those that are in high need and can have difficulty accessing support services. I provide clinical supervision for trainees located at License to Freedom in El Cajon. My supervision is provided under the supervision and consultation of Dr. Jan Ewing, LMFT.

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I am an Iranian-American man who was born and raised in Southern California. I was raised in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, until I moved to Davis, CA to continue my studies. After acquiring my BA in Psychology and minor in Music from UC Davis, I moved to San Diego to continue my studies at San Diego State University in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have resided in San Diego since 2010 and have fallen in love with the cultures, geography, food and music.

There are threads in my life that have been constant, and initiatives that have developed due to opportunities at the time and/or my location. Music has always been a big part of my life, and I continue to enjoy playing the piano/keys and the drum kit. I have been a member of the SD music scene since I arrived, having dived into bands and musical communities quickly. I am an avid surfer, and enjoy outdoor activities with my wife, such as camping, hiking and biking around San Diego. Reading and writing have always been a pleasure of mine, and academia became a natural fit in this way. Gardening is also one of my obsessions, and you may see some photos of my garden scattered around the website. I also really love my dog. All of these hobbies are situated within a framework of experiences that come along with identifying as a heterosexual male, an Iranian-American and the experiences of biculturalism that accompany that, my ability to speak Farsi and English, my education, and the values I hold.

I grew up observing the charitableness of my family, and connected with the sense of urgency and gratitude that they experienced from helping others. I watched my mom always donate her time and money to the underprivileged and underserved. I watched my aunts (who are educators in Iran) advocate and stand up for students who often didn’t have a voice. I am continuously grounded by the love and compassion my wife models in her daily life. I am privileged to be surrounded by strong and wonderful people, and they are with me in spirit when I show up to do my work. I truly believe that my community’s health impacts my health, and I am dedicated in supporting those in need.