Mitra Rashidian, PhD Counseling


Dr. Mitra Rashidian is an internationally recognized speaker in the area of sexual health care and cross-cultural sexuality. The results of her research have been published in notable scientific journals. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of New England (UNE), School of Health, in Australia. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, located in Encino California. She is a Certified Sexologist through The American College of Sexologists International, and is an Honorary Adjunct Faculty member at the School of Health, UNE since 2014; Plus, she is a research member of the Collaborative Research Network (CRN) in Australia. She completed her fellowship, where she led her research projects that included the University of New England, School of Health, Australia; University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, USA; Loma Linda University, School of Health, USA, with the research focus on sexual health and mental well-being. She has presented her research findings both nationally and internationally, in places such as The Milton H. Erickson Foundation (Brief Therapy), USA, UNE, The American Counseling Associations (ACA), The American – Canadian Counseling Associations (, and the World Congress For Sexual Health (WAS), Glasgow, United Kingdom, and The University of Ewha, South Korea. Her articles can be found in the Biomedical Health Service Research Journal, and Journal of Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care. Routledge; Plus, The Journal of Sexual Medicine. She has been featured as a guest speaker on both international television and radio programs. Additionally, she has presented at continuing education workshops. In her private practice she specializes in sexual relationship enrichment, and sexual interests and behaviors; Plus, the impact of culture related to shame and guilt, which inhibits the expression of sexual feelings, pleasure and intimacy, and sexual disorders. Her full publications can be found at the ResearchGate: