Gelareh Bassiry


Gelareh Bassiry is a trauma informed practitioner for Trauma Resource Institute and the Center for Mind Body Medicine. Ms. Bassiry is the founder of the Psychosocial Education Initiative and has over 25 years of experience as a social worker and a life coach in her private practice. She has worked directly with domestic violence survivors and children, as well as perpetrators in a domestic violence intervention program. Ms. Bassiry believes we can only heal the community when working with both sides of this vicious pandemic of domestic violence.

Ms. Bassiry is a community organizer, established the first Persian language Al-Anon program in the United States, and established Ethnic Social Referral Services program in the DC-metropolitan area to connect refugees to resources. She is also the host and the producer of “Khaleh Gili,” a weekly Persian-language talk show covering a variety of self-improvement topics. Ms. Gelareh Bassiry is a true believer in the power of informal education for all ages — she believes that knowledge can be internalized to become transformative and spontaneous.

Her Motto: “You are not a drop in the ocean, you are an ocean in a drop” Rumi


  • Bachelor’s Degree in political science, candidate for MSW from the Catholic University of America
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Certificate from The Stanford University, Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Certificate from NOVA, Dementia Champion through the Dementia Friendly America