Director of Clinical Services, Psy.D DIR Certified Clinician/ Educator PEERS Certified

Director of Clinical Services, Psy.D DIR® Certified Clinician/ Educator, PEERS  Certified

Dr. Ziba Nassab is the CEO and Founder of Holding Hands Pediatric Therapy and Diagnostics. She believes in embracing each person’s strength and abilities—not only focusing on their disabilities or challenges—and she is an advocate for neurodiversity. Dr. Nassab has been treating toddlers, school-age children, teenagers, and adults with neurodevelopment, behavioral, and emotional challenges, including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, Down syndrome, intellectual disability, epilepsy, fragile X syndrome, conduct disorder, selective mutism, attachment disorder, Rett’s syndrome, Prairie Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, anxiety, depression, and sensory processing disorder for the past 23 years. She has had the opportunity to work with children, teens, and their families in a variety of settings, including clinics, schools, early intervention programs, psychiatric hospitals, community centers, and home settings.

Dr. Nassab is on staff at UCLA’s Rape Treatment Center (RTC) and provides crisis counseling for sexual assault victims (children, men, and women); she works collaboratively with medical professionals and law enforcement to provide acute forensic exams. In addition, she held a position as an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University (CLU), where she teaches graduate students in the Clinical Psychology Department. Dr. Nassab is certified and has taught advanced DIR® courses to clinicians and educators through the Interdisciplinary Council on Learning and Developmental Disorders (ICDL) and throughout California.

In regards to Dr. Nassab’s educational background, she received an Associate’s Degree of Child Development, Bachelor of Psychology, Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), and a Doctorate of Counseling Psychology. Dr. Nassab is DIR® (Developmental, Individual Differences, and Relationships) certified through the Interdisciplinary Council on Learning and Developmental Disorders (ICDL) and is certified in PEERS  (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills) through UCLA.

Dr. Nassab looks beyond labels and tries to empower her clients to do the same. According to Dr. Nassab, ”the label helps me better understand the diagnosis, but not the person behind the diagnosis.” No one chooses to have a mental illness; each client and family needs to be treated with dignity and respect.