HAT Program for Mental Health Professionals (MHPs)

HAT stands for Holistic Assessments and Therapies, which is a program designed for the Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of psychosexual disorders.

This advanced training includes principles from various disciplines such as: sexual-medicine, psychosexual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, neuro-linguistic programming, neuroscience and systems theory. It is designed for a wide range of therapists, counselors and licensed mental health and medical professionals who work with individuals and couples.

For frequently asked questions, please watch the video below or go to the bottom of the page to read Q&As.

What more is in the name?

HAT is a symbolic representation of various ‘hats’ we wear as practitioners to be able to address, assess and manage any sexuality and relationship issues our clients bring to the room (counselor, investigator, teacher, confidant, etc.)


To provide a systematic training for Mental Health Professionals working with psychosexual problems in individuals and couples, HAT provides the theoretical foundations and practical framework for holistic assessment and therapies utilized for the diagnosis and treatment of various types of sexual dysfunctions.

Who can attend?

  1. Clinical and Counseling Psychologists
  2. Marriage and Family Therapists
  3. Clinical Social Workers
  4. Professional Clinical Counselors
  5. Educational Psychologists
  6. Mental Health Counselors
  7. Others: Physical Therapists and Nurses who joined our groups before reported tremendous benefit to their practices as well


Palo Alto, California. For online attendance please contact us via the contact page.


This training meets the qualifications for 60 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU certificates will be awarded by mail upon full completion of course. Participants must sign in and out in order to receive their certificate. Raha is an approved CEU providerProvider # 132334

Please note: Advanced registration required. We are not able to provide refunds within 7 days of course date.  Full refund will be provided in case of cancellation.  If you are not satisfied with this course, please submit your grievance in writing to Contact@Rahaa.info If you require any special accommodations, please contact Jila Behnad at Contact@Rahaa.info  Raha is in compliance with local, state and federal regulations including the American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The program is approved for CE credits towards AASECT certificate (in the renewal process).


Ten full day blocks 9-5 pm (for the Foundation and Intermediate levels)

  • Foundation Level: second Saturdays of every month starting from January 14, 2017
  • Intermediate Level: Second Sunday of each month starting from January 15, 2017
  • Advanced level: will be organized around the participants schedules. These are 3-hour sessions (usually Friday afternoons) with systematic presentation of cases by Dr. Sara followed by the participants question and answer. Participants could also present and seek feedback for relevant cases. These are different from consultation sessions in that they have clear learning objectives embedded in each case analysis.

If you cannot make it to a session, the content will be offered to you in a recorded format or by an individual session with Dr. Sara to ensure the consistent delivery of the educational material. You will then given the chance to cover all your questions prior to the next block of training. Having said that, since group dynamic is a critical part of our program, if you know you cannot make it to more than 2 sessions, please sign up for the next cohort.

There are three cohorts running over 3 years to allow gradual build up of knowledge, skills and experience. They are separate entities, which means that an individual does not need to participate in all cohorts to benefit from the content provided. After the completion of the full program, participants could use “HAT-certified” before their professional titles.

Each cohort will have minimum 8 and maximum of 10 participants to allow maximum interactions throughout the course. For online participation, please inquire through the contact page.

Application and Selection Process

After completing an online registration form, each participant will be briefly interviewed to determine if this program meets her/his expectations, professional needs and the most suited level. Registration deadline is December 15, 2016. Full payment will be expected to reserve your place for the next cohort. The fee for each year (10 full days) is $3,600. Participants could also make the payment in two installments ($2,000 by December 15 and $1,800 by May 15th, 2017).

For the Advanced level, the fee is $1200 (the same deadlines apply). Please make the check payable to Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh and mail them to : 467 Hamilton Avenue, Suite #26, Palo Alto. CA 94301.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: What level I should register for?
A: It is highly recommended that participants start from the foundation level regardless of their background and training they may have received. Even for those who have previously has the opportunity to receive information on psychosexual therapy, a significant portion of the training is guaranteed to be new information. This will also guarantee the systematic and coherent acquisition of information. 

Q: Are there any CE credits offered?
A: This training meets the qualifications for 60 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU certificates will be awarded by mail upon full completion of course. Participants must sign in and out in order to receive their certificate. Raha is an approved CEU provider. Provider # 132334.
The program is approved for CE credits towards AASECT certificate (in the renewal process).

Q: Who are the tutors?
A: As an AASECT accredited program (renewal in process), Dr. Nasserzadeh will be teaching %80 of the content, while the remaining content will be taught by world renowned professionals expert in their fields.

Q: What are the differentiating factors between HAT and other trainings out there?
A: HAT is designed to be a holistic and systematic training. Even after the Foundation level practitioners can expect to be confident and competent to work with sexual dysfunction in an individuals and couples setting.
HAT addresses knowledge, attitude and skills. Knowledge is often covered extensively in trainings. Besides the knowledge component HAT focus extensively on attitudes and skills which professionals can utilize when addressing psychosexual issues with their clients. The training will allow professionals to identify, question and address their own attitudes and any existing biases, which will create a shift in their professional approach, and the success of the outcome of the therapy process.

Previous attendees experience: 

“Over the past two years I have trained with Sara in several different modalities–group workshops, online case supervision, and individual work supervision. Her knowledge about sexuality, cultural diversity and medical and cognitive behavioral treatment of sexual dysfunction is extraordinary.  She is a wonderful teacher–supportive, encouraging, warm, funny, generous, responsive and challenging. Her clinical insights are extraordinary, and she communicates them in a way that always helps me apply them constructively in therapy sessions with my patients. Her interventions are effective, creative and grounded in CBT techniques as well as psychodynamic interventions. I can’t recommend working with Sara highly enough.” Johanna Herwitz, Ph.D Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Sara is an extraordinarily gifted educator and teacher. I had the good fortune to participate in one of her H.A.T. trainings in NYC — a wonderful, highly informative and helpful experience. Sara’s breadth of knowledge and training, combined with her warmth, kindness and natural charisma, are a perfect blend! I’m honored to be her colleague, and highly recommend her and her work.” Risa Neuwirth, LCSW Private Psychotherapy Practice at Holistic Therapy NYC

 (I have to say that the pleasure was all mine. To learn about other participants’ experiences please refer to my linked in page here. )

HAT for Healthcare Providers (HCPs)


To provide a holistic overview of Assessments, Diagnosis, Treatment/Management of Common Sexual Disorders Seen in Medical Practices

Who can attend?

  1. Primacy Care Physicians
  2. Family Physicians
  3. Psychiatrists
  4. OB/GYNs
  5. Urologists/Andrologists
  6. Nurses, Physician Assistants and Physical Therapists who have sufficient interest or exposure to patients with sexual disorders


Palo Alto, California.

Format & Topics

A full day intensive workshop designed to fit your group’s needs.

Assessment of Psychosexual Disorders

  • What is the minimum you could do?
  • History taking feasible for a medical office
  • Formulating questions
  • Use of patient-friendly language
  • Making sense of the information collected (formulation, presentation, treatment plan)
  • Wheel of context (importance of cultural, social, economic and religious dimensions in particular)


  • What is normal and what is not? for whom?
  • What is not in DSM-V and ICD-10 and what that means?
  • Why does it matter to get it right?

Treatment and/or Management

  • Bio-Psycho-Social approach within various politico-legal contexts
  • Creating a support system

Upcoming Workshops

To register for our upcoming workshops, please visit our calendar of events or contact us to arrange a training on your site.