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Leila Pirnia

Leila Pirnia

At A Glace

Specialities & Certifications

  • Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 

  • Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

  • Neurodiverse Parenting & Couples Specialist

  • Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria Specialist

  • ASD, ADHD, OCD, and Anxiety Specialist

Life Experience

  • Associate Psychotherapist at Neurodiverse Couples Counseling Center and Autism Parenting Therapy Center. Training with Dr. Harry Moto, Clinical Director and Founder.

  • Clinical training - The Center for Professional Counseling of Los Angeles.  Trained from a psychodynamic, depth-oriented clinical theoretical orientation, integrating alternative modalities as needed such as family systems theory, attachment theory, and CBT/DBT/ACT. 

  • Clinical training - Outreach Concern. Work with children, teens, and families as a school-based mental health therapist at multiple school sites. Handle a diverse caseload of students with behavioral, social, emotional, and academic needs. Incorporate a strengths-based orientation to foster academic growth and help students reach their personal potential, both inside and outside the classroom. 

  • Graduate Research Associate working alongside Dr. Shelly Harrell in her Culture, Wisdom, and Resilience Lab. Development of a unique application designed for mental health therapists to incorporate quotes from thought leaders into their therapy practices, promoting greater wisdom, insight, and resilience among their clients.

  • Prior President, CFO, COO, and Founder of various tech companies, startups, and non-profit organizations. Learnings from the corporate world helped shape my passion for understanding people’s behaviors, motivations, and drives. These experiences have equipped me with a unique perspective and skill set that I bring to my work as a mental health therapist.


  • Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis on Marriage & Family Therapy, Pepperdine University

Main Focus

You may be considering individual counseling, but have your doubts that the therapist might not truly grasp your unique experiences. Perhaps you've navigated therapy before, yet it fell short of meeting your needs as a neurodivergent or autistic individual – something crucial was missing. This is because there is a significant difference between counseling with a therapist who is familiar with autism versus one who specializes in autism, embracing the principles of neurodiversity.


My passion is working with people on the ASD spectrum to empower them to navigate the complexities of life and relationships through a strengths-based approach. I specialize in understanding the unique strengths and challenges of individuals on the autism spectrum, fostering growth, and enhancing the quality of relationships. 

You might find yourself wrestling with emotions like anxiety, depression, or imposter syndrome. Despite your craving for meaningful relationships, the intricacies of social situations, such as decoding social cues and navigating indirect communication, can be perplexing and draining. Engaging in social interactions might feel like a performance, an attempt to fit in, haunted by the fear of making a misstep. The pressure to get it right becomes so overwhelming that you feel paralyzed and tongue-tied. As a neurodivergent individual, life's navigation can be challenging, especially with sensory sensitivities and executive functioning hurdles. In times of stress from relationships, work, school, or daily hassles, you may find yourself overwhelmed, entering shutdown or meltdown mode.

Adding to these challenges, you might bear the weight of autism-specific trauma – a consequence of chronic misunderstanding, criticism, bullying, and invalidation due to a lack of understanding of your neurodiversity. This leaves you feeling like an alien or outsider, immersed in a sense of loneliness and disconnection. The act of masking your authentic self, attempting to conform while neglecting your own needs, takes a toll that cannot be ignored.


As a therapist, I understand that traditional labels and generalizations may not capture the individuality of autistic men. I strive to create a safe and supportive space where people can explore their strengths and navigate challenges. Whether it's developing effective communication skills, managing sensory sensitivities, or addressing social complexities, I work collaboratively with my clients to create a personalized plan that aligns with their goals and aspirations.


In therapy, you’ll have the opportunity to explore your identity, challenges, and concerns. As you begin to clarify your values, what you care about in life, and how to make your life more fulfilling, together we will build the skills to help you reach those new goals. You will have the space to practice the new skills you are learning and the support to solve challenges that come up.


The philosophy guiding my practice is rooted in the belief that therapy has the power to unlock the vast potential within the neurodiverse mind. I am dedicated to assisting autistic men in reaching their full potential, fostering personal growth, and building connections that enrich their lives. Through a strengths-based approach, I aim to provide the tools and support necessary for individuals on the spectrum to thrive and lead fulfilling, empowered lives.

Main Focus
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Other Areas
of Focus

  • High Achievers

  • Tech Executives, Corporate Executives

  • Midlife and Life Transitions

  • First Generation, Immigrants and Children of Immigrants

  • Trilingual: Farsi (Persian), Spanish, and English


  • Individuals

  • Couples

  • Families

  • Teens


  • Psychodynamic/depth-oriented psychology

  • EFT (emotion focused therapy for couples)

  • IFS (internal family systems)

  • CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) including ACT and DBT

  • Family Systems Dynamics

  • Solution focused therapy


  • Registered AMFT #138180

  • Registered APCC #13526

  • Supervised by Dr. Harry Motro, LMFT #53452

  • Employed by New Path Couples Therapy Inc.

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