Our Staff: Dr. Deborah Sweet, Psy.D. and Dr. Farzin Yaghmaie, M.D., M.A.

We would like to introduce you to some of the amazing staff we have here at The Control Center. This will help you get to know who we are, and why we love to do what we do!

Dr. Deborah Sweet, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Expertise: Addiction TherapyTrauma, EMDR, Compulsive Shopping

Deborah Sweet, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in helping people recover from a variety of addictions and traumas with a specialty in chemical dependency and spending addictions. Dr. Sweet uses talk therapy, CBT, solution-focused, and 12 Step Recovery models. Since many addictions are rooted in trauma, she blends Somatic Experiencing and EMDR treatments to help clients with a sense of resilience. Three areas that are frequently affected by trauma are a sense of choice, a sense of safety, and a sense of self. EMDR and Somatic Experiencing provide a different kind of access to traumatic material. Dr. Sweet has also helped individuals and business owners with their issues around spending and financial recovery since 1997. As a compulsive shopping expert, Dr. Sweet offers a gentle yet direct approach regarding resistance and motivation around money, saving, and shopping. In addition to psychological help, she offers practical tools on how to deal with money, shopping, and financial resources. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association, CPA, LACPA, and the Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment.

Dr. Farzin Yaghmaie, M.D., M.A.

Clinical Psychiatrist


Expertise: Mental Health DisordersAddiction Medicine, Detoxification

Dr. Yaghmaie is a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and addiction issues. He completed his medical residency and psychiatric training at UCLA, where he was chief resident of the UCLA Integrative Substance Abuse Programs and the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Opioid Treatment Program. He has extensive training and experience in the evaluation of addiction, detoxification, and treatment of chemical dependency with medication and therapy. Dr. Yaghmaie has academic and research training from UC Berkeley, where he studied integrative biology and endocrinology. He has numerous professional publications and has been a sub-investigator researching medication development for the treatment of opiate and methamphetamine dependence. Dr. Yaghmaie is currently a psychiatrist at The Control Center and also has a private practice in Beverly Hills.