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May-June 2021

Member Highlight — Julia Zabasky, LMFT

Parshaw Barati-Marnani, LMFT


Parshaw has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since June 2017. She works in private practice in Tarzana, as well as in a group practice in Encino working with Kaiser patients; and is currently a telehealth provider. Parshaw specializes in working with children ages 5 to 12 who are dealing with issues of grief and loss, divorce, anxiety, and trauma. She discussed how working with kids is “fun and gratifying” and that she likes to take a break from traditional talk therapy and utilize play therapy as “it is a great way to engage with kids and to work through and process feelings of anxiety, depression, and anger.” Parshaw utilizes various tools in play therapy including the sand tray, puppets, art, and blocks. She emphasized that the Motto of play therapy is “toys are the words and play is the language.” Parshaw explained, “the kids and I have a safe and trusting relationship and create our own games where they can express their anger and other feelings.” She also uses Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) to process somatically in midst of the play. Parshaw is a trainer in training of TRM. She also works with Grief and loss and has facilitated a widow and widower group at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

Parshaw is personable, energetic, resilient, and has many interests and hobbies. She shared that she started noticing that a lot of people in her life would always pull her aside to talk to her and that she was “just that person for a lot of people.” Prior to deciding to become a therapist, Parshaw intended to become a pediatrician. However, she earned her BA in Sociology and Psychology from UC Irvine. She explained that she “thought that there was no better way of understanding people then to also understand the societies they live in, as our environment plays a big role in who we are.”

Parshaw earned her Master’s in Psychology from Chapman University in 2007. Parshaw was inspired to do trauma work by two of her clients during traineeship in Chapman. Parshaw shared that she felt that these cases were successful and that she connected with the trauma patients and realized that by healing trauma she was able to help change her clients’ lives. Parshaw shared that during her internship she also loved working with people who had a history of abuse and now finds the work gratifying.

Parshaw loves to travel, which was instilled by her parents who immigrated from Iran. She explained that she found it interesting to go to new places and see things that were different. She traveled with her sister and then later by herself. Parshaw shared that traveling exposed her to different cultures, and she learned to depend on herself, as well as met people all over the world. Parshaw’s travels have led to experiences including skydiving, zip lining, climbing a waterfall, horseback riding, and white water rafting. Parshaw adopted her two kittens while visiting Puerto Rico.

Parshaw shared that one of the reasons she joined the SFV-CAMFT chapter was to network. She wanted to have her private practice in the Valley and all of her professional ties were in Orange County and Ventura County. She shared that she worked solo in private practice and being involved gave her the chance to be around colleagues and it was a good place to connect with other professionals. Parshaw has been CFO for the SFV Chapter since 2019, as well as the Chair of the Finance Committee. She has also served on the Diversity Committee since 2018.



Julia Zabasky, LMFT, is passionate about working with foster-care youth and assisting them with finding a permanency plan, either returning to their families or placement in transitional housing. Her work includes management of trauma, depression and anxiety. She utilizes the Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model in her work and sees clients in private practice. Julia holds an MBA, and a Master’s in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. She may be contacted at 818.516.2038 or JZabasky@pennylane.org.







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