Having grown up in the USA, Bahareh has travelled across the world and currently lives in the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, UAE). Her Eastern roots, Western upbringing and years spent living in the Middle East have given her unique perspective on the challenges and triumphs of life, death, and relationships, and a universal appeal to her writing.
She studied Philosophy in Menlo College, California; majored in Counseling Psychology from College of Notre Dame – Belmont, California; and, holds a Doctorate in Educational Psychology from Catholic University – Washington DC. Her area of study was “The Self-Image and Acculturation of Iranian-American Adolescents growing up in the US”.
Bahareh has firsthand experience and a deep engagement with the human condition at various stages of life starting from her volunteering work with the elderly at Sharon Heights Convalescent Hospital – Menlo Park, California through her teenage years; her counseling and training in suicide prevention at the Crisis Center – Burlingame, California; working with children at the Stanford Children’s Health Center, California; researching drug and alcohol rehabilitation at Sequoia Hospital – Redwood City, California; teaching human development at Catholic University – Washington DC; and, counseling victims of gender abuse at the Women’s Safe House in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Some of the most respected spiritual and philosophical personalities alive have been Bahareh’s mentors including Professor Diane Harvey – award-winning teacher and author of Doctor, Patient, Object, Thing and the President of Life Journey Seminars; Esther de Waal – Benedictine scholar and established author of “Lost in Wonder”, “To Pause at the Threshold” and many other works; and, John Fox – Certified Poetry Therapist and author of Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making.
Bahareh had a life-altering LIGHT experience which she believes connected her with the web of rays of light in the universe. She sees herself as a bridge among people of all nations and cultures. Since the experience, Bahareh has written over 40 complete poetry journals in English and Persian, covering potent themes like human rights, women’s and children’s issues, life and death, coping with loss, gender empowerment, global peace, interfaith harmony, overcoming trauma and protecting the environment. Her work has often been compared to classical spiritual masters like Rumi and contemporary writers like Khalil Gibran. She seems to be channeling her writing “from a divine place”, publishing industry insiders have remarked.