About me

Hello, I'm Niloofar!

My name means Waterlilies in my native language, Farsi. I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, where I lived until I immigrated to the United States in 2012. 


I’m a board-certified and Licensed Art Therapist (ATR-BC, LCAT), A passionate dreamer, and a sucker for creativity, stories, and adventure: a lifelong student and newly a dog mom to a beautiful Whippet puppy named Halesy!


My vision for the future:

Collective traumas, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and movements like “Woman, life, freedom,” highlight the importance and necessity of prioritizing personal and collective health and well-being as fundamental human rights.

I am committed to continuing studies and training in techniques to help reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and stimulate creativity and intuition, ultimately promoting self-care rooted in anti-oppression and trauma-informed practices.

My hope for the future is to create communities that prioritize caring for one another, where we not only “put our own oxygen masks on first” but also extend a helping hand to address collective trauma. 

My Journey

My journey began with an accidental discovery of the therapeutic power of art and theater while volunteering. This realization came as I witnessed the transformative impact of creativity within a community, both for my students and myself. Even after immigrating to the United States, I embraced these self-revelatory, expressive, and creative strategies, leading me to pursue a career as a Creative Arts therapist. Throughout my diverse experiences, the themes of Creativity, Curiosity, and Exploration have remained central. 

After graduating, I worked as a mental health therapist, providing Art therapy in various settings, including schools, hospitals, and community-based organizations. Among these, two held a special place in my heart. One was the weekly drop-in open art studio sessions at the “Door – A center for alternatives” an organization that empowers young people by providing youth development services and a caring environment. The other was my two-year journey with Witness Theater at Selfhelp Community Services, a remarkable group dedicated to therapeutic theater for adolescents and Holocaust survivors.  

My clinical training was trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, human-centered, and relational. The foundational modalities I was trained in are psychodynamic theories, expressive arts therapies, creativity development, and relational models that center on you as the expert of your own life. Years after graduating, I studied and trained in DBT, other cognitive modalities, and Psychodrama. Today, I am on the path to becoming a registered drama therapist with the North American Drama Therapy Association. 

Reasons to Choose Me

I offer personalized individual sessions, workshops, and training informed by arts-based strategies grounded in human-centered philosophy, artistic expressions, mindfulness, and restorative practices. I aim to help you access creativity to build a healthy, resilient, vibrant, sustainable practice and life. 

Over 6 Years of Experiences


Culture Sensitivity

Strength-based Approach

When I participated in Niloofar's drama therapy workshop around Woman, Life, Freedom movement, I thought I was there because I wanted to know what she does as a drama therapist. I never thought participating in that workshop, which lasted five hours via Zoom, could be this healing. The exercises she walked us through touched parts of my heart that I never thought existed. This experience was one-of-a-kind. It was a captivating exploration of Iran and a personal journey of self-discovery and growth. I can’t wait for another session, and I highly recommend it.

Elina M.