ABOUT KIA SAAM KARIMI
Kia is a Registered Psychologist who is passionate about empowering people to work towards their goals, and believes in promoting wellbeing through a holistic approach. Using a range of evidence-based treatments (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Kia supports individuals address common psychological concerns, such as those associated with anxiety, depression stress, grief and loss, poor self-esteem/confidence, resilience and employment, as well as those with diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Kia possesses a firsthand multicultural perspective shaped by his international upbringing and extensive travels across South East Asia, South Africa and the Middle East. These experiences have gifted him with a curiosity for human psychology, an intrigue for understanding factors driving human behaviour, what influences the results individuals achieve and the values they apply. Delving deeper into this curiosity, Kia focused the majority of his research projects on topics such as the neurological bases and treatments of psychopathologies (including ADHD and ASD).
Thus began his journey into the field of psychology, where he completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) in 2012 from Bond University, a Master of Counselling degree in 2015 (with focus on Neuropsychotherapy), and finally a Bachelor of Psychological Science degree where he graduated with First Class Honours (in 2017); both from the University of Queensland.
During his studies, Kia worked as a Personal Trainer with focus on enhancing a greater mind-body connection for his clients as they progressed towards their health and fitness goals. This experience paved for further exploration into research topics such as integrating exercise with psychological intervention for addressing symptoms of ADHD, depression and anxiety, for which a large evidence based exists.
Since completing his studies in 2017, Kia has embraced working within the employment, private practice and NDIS sectors with a focus on supporting individuals towards their therapeutic goals. Combined with his multicultural perspective shaped by an international upbringing, Kia takes a person-centred, calm and values-based approach to enhance his psychology practice.
Outside of work, Kia enjoys exploring the Gold Coast with his majestically adventurous Golden Retriever (Henry), exercising, and spending time with his family and friends.