Bahareh Saidian: Primary Therapist for Newport Academy


Bahareh Saidian, MSW

Bahareh Saidian has worked in the field of mental health for 17 years, and particularly excels in connecting with youth who are difficult to treat. She sees her career as a gift—an ongoing opportunity to listen to and support young people and to help them make change and find joy in life.

Bahareh has worked with adolescents in both correctional and alternative education settings. Moreover, she has supervised staff, developed programs, and provided trainings. Her previous roles include clinician and clinical program specialist for the Orange County Department of Education.

In addition, Bahareh served as program manager at New Directions for Women, supervising staff, reviewing programming, and providing clinical services to women addressing substance abuse and mental health issues. She was also a lecturer at her alma mater, the University of Southern California, teaching first-year Social Work Practice to master’s-level students.

Newport Academy…in her own words

“Newport Academy is special because every person here believes in helping our residents find joy, live healthier lives, and leave better than they were when they walked in. Our team approach serves the best interest of our youth. Young people deserve caring, compassionate, and dedicated professionals who will never give up on them and always give them hope.” —Bahareh Saidian, MSW

Select Achievements

  • Master Trainer in Trauma-Informed Care
  • Grief Recovery Specialist
  • Trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Critical Incident Stress Management, Trauma Incident Reduction, and Threat Assessment
  • Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Undergraduate degree in psychology from California State University, Fullerton