Founder of Transforming Life Center, Siamak Afshar with 36-years of experience in treatment and addictions along with his supportive team, dedicated his life to create a safe and calm environment for those who are seeking a reliable and painless detox and treatment. In memory of Siamak, his close and long-term friend and colleague, Farhad Ameli who believes in Siamak’s Philosophy, will continue his legacy as new program director and provide the same services for the individuals and their families who needs treatment.
Meet Our Team
Siamak’s recovery journey began in 1983 after his own battle with the abuse of drugs and maladaptive behaviors. After multiple relapses and shallow promises, he made a pledge to his family to stay clean and sober. In order to divert his stress and cravings, Siamak began running marathons, and it was then that he realized his life's work was to empower others to overcome harmful addictions.
Siamak was one of the most experienced addiction counselors in the US and was held in high regard, especially in the Persian recovery community. For nearly three decades, he was also a host on Freedom, a television show that focused on interviewing those who overcame substance abuse and behavioral concerns. The Freedom show was aired in the US and Iran.
Siamak believed that part of recovery was finding new and healthy ways in which to spend one's time and energy. Siamak also introduced many in his program to running, while encouraging individuals to discover their own healthy outlets as part of their long-term recovery journey. Siamak also believed that addiction was a family disease and that, for the person struggling with addiction to benefit the most from treatment, family participation was recommended. The family then explored their roles in order to bring balance and stability to the family, while resolving any codependent behaviors. Recovery took time, and the TLC team looked forward to working with those seeking the tools to reinvent themselves, their families, and their future.
Gary believes that drug and alcohol abuse is a brain disease that not only disables the brain from making rational decisions, he sees addiction also destroying family systems. His mindset is to psychoeducate individuals and families on the maladies of substance abuse, while providing appropriate interventions and treatment. Gary sees recovery efforts best accomplished when multiple treatment modalities and efforts are utilized.
Practicing yoga for the past 22 years, Halleh sees the remarkable difference yoga can make in human life. She is convinced that the philosophy behind the practice of yoga works enabling the individual to find peace and tranquility in one’s daily life, find harmony with nature and create a connection with self. Halleh truly believes that recovering addicts who partake in the practice of yoga and its philosophy can maintain their sobriety, eventually choosing to live a life of gratitude and being of service.
Her approach in therapy is eclectic and heart centered, drawing from different traditions such as psychodynamic, mindfulness, emotionally- focused, psychodrama and Cognitive – behavioral therapy. She has extensive training in Somatic Experiencing, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing therapy) which are effective modalities in resolving trauma.
She specialize in treating mood disorders, stress management, trauma, PTSD, childhood trauma and abuse, relationship issues, women issues, spiritual inquiry and self-empowerment.
Nazila is bilingual and multi cultural. She speaks Farsi and English fluently. She grew up in Iran and lived in Germany and traveled extensively in India following her spiritual quest and healing, before settling in the US.
Nazila believes in innate goodness and wholeness of each individual, and that through conditioning and adverse life experiences, we lose our connection to our true nature.Her passion is to help people heal from the past traumas that prevent them from living a life of full potential.
She believes addiction is an attempt to avoid the pain created by traumatic experiences. Psychotherapy helps to address the emotional pain that underlies the addictive behavior, and makes the long lasting change and recovery more possible.
Oshie the poodle: Oshie is a pure six-year-old poodle that loves people and having her belly rubbed. She has accompanied many clients on their walks and enjoys getting to know all of you.
Mishka the PekInese: Our Pekinese, Miska's tan mane is so soft and she loves to be brushed. If one is not careful, though small, she will also surprise you with a doggie kiss.