I identify as a second-generation, Iranian American, womxn from Los Angeles, California. I also speak Farsi/Persian. It is so important to me to acknowledge each individual's intersecting identities and to evaluate how backgrounds influence what you are experiencing now. A therapist's job includes continuously evaluating our biases and beliefs in order to provide a safe, inclusive environment for clients. Personally, I vote because it is one way that I use my voice to work toward dismantling the systems that sustain and perpetuate oppression, marginalization, and trauma. I believe that Black lives matter, science is real, and survivors deserve to be believed. I welcome difficult conversations and questions as learning is continuous.