The goals of our therapeutic services are individualized to best serve each individual and family who seek our professional expertise, however, we believe in promoting these common goals: well-being, resiliency, and reaching one’s potential while strengthening families and support networks.

OMID for Life’s Challenges

Life presents us all with issues and difficulties – children, family, health, finances, the loss of our loved ones. Add to these universal concerns a myriad of challenges presented by living in a new culture, surrounded by a new language, with a mix of unfamiliar norms and expectations, trying to assimilate but determined to maintain your core identity. At times, the burden can be too great for anyone and the sense of loneliness overwhelming. OMID offers comprehensive professional help and support, as well as friendship. OMID is a full-service family enrichment center dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families in Orange County.

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable in our community, those who struggle with mental illness and/or have survived traumas and adversities due to family discord and relational violence. We are dedicated to providing linguistically and culturally competent and affordable mental health care, as well as social support services to strengthen our diverse community in Orange County.

Our Team Members

Maryam Sayyedi, CEO

Dr. Sayyedi is the founder and executive director of Omid Multicultural Institute for Development (OMID). She is a licensed clinical psychologist and an adjunct faculty in the Counseling & Psychology departments at California State University, Fullerton. She obtained her doctorate degree from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington in Clinical Psychology with emphases on Child Development and Neuropsychology. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working with diverse populations of children and their families. She has over 14 years of teaching experience, authored chapters on multiculturalism, and presented at California Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, and other local conferences. Her area of research has been multiculturalism in psychotherapy and cross-generational transfer of mental illness.


Behzad Izadi, Board Member, Secretary, Treasurer

Behzad is an educator with more than 20 years of experience in teaching and research. He has served as an assistant/associate professor of Biological & Agricultural Engineering at the University of Idaho, Moscow for 9 years. His responsibilities included teaching engineering courses, conducting research, advising undergraduate and graduate students and presenting and publishing papers. He is serving the Computer Information System/Business division of the Cypress College as a professor since 2002. His responsibilities include teaching basic and advanced computer networking courses, managing grant funding and preparing students for employment through internship and other opportunities.


Funded by the County of Orange Health Care Agency, Behavioral Health Services, Prevention and
Intervention Division, Mental Health Services Act/Proposition 63.