About The Author

Dr. Ghassemi, has been passionate about study of Cognition and human behavior for near 30 years. He has been a Mediator since 2004, mediating both civil and family cases privately and for nonprofit organizations, such as DMS, Dallas County Dispute Resolution Services, and Southern Methodist University as a volunteer mediator.

Dr. Ghassemi is a full-time mediator for TDI, Texas Department of Insurance and operates a private mediation service. He also holds a BS in Business CCU, MS in Psychology CCU, MLA in Negotiation SMU as well as a PhD in Psychology from CCU. He is a Certified Mediator and a Certified Divorce Mediator. He has a certification in Domestic Abuse, and has also worked as a family therapist from 2010-2015 in Tehran. He has been an affiliate at American Psychology Society since 1999, as well as a Corporate Sector Negotiation Certification and has a Real Estate licenses since 1996.


Motivation and Knowledge

We think of a word like motivation, and we start to think about it and then want to take action. But do we truly know the meaning of motivation, the better understanding and knowledge of our thoughts and words will follow with better actions and results!


Modern Divorce and Mediation

The purpose of this book is to provide a brief explanation of mediation, specifically divorce mediation. It talks about the many benefits of divorce mediation over the adversarial process, which involves two attorneys representing the two sides to negotiate and argue on their behalf.
The reason I have called this book Modern Divorce is because of the way everything around us is taking a new and modern path in our everyday lives.





Substance Abuse and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Theory and research suggest that self-efficacy plays an important part in substance abusers’ decisions to change substance-related behavior, reduce substance use during treatment, and maintain treatment progress at follow-up. Self-evaluation and self-cognition can help individuals develop the self-efficacy to overcome substance abuse and make better life choices. The purpose of this investigation was to examine the current literature on substance abuse treatments, cognitive behavioral theory (CBT), self-efficacy theory, self-evaluation, and self-cognition strategies to identify components of the above that are empirically important and might logically be included in a substance abuse treatment program. Through a critical analysis of existing theory related to CBT and self-efficacy, the components that might be included in an intervention to reduce substance were identified. The goal of the intervention would be to reduce substance abuse by helping participants become more aware of their feelings and reactions and changing them in ways that will support cessation of substance abuse. A 12-session, 6-week program for individuals ranging in age from 25 to 50 was developed. Components of the intervention include helping clients capture thoughts, feelings, sensations; identify and label feelings; identify positive and negative expectancies of substance abuse; demonstrate awareness of triggers for substance abuse; seek out alternative interpretations of substance abuse thoughts and behaviors; and modify existing cognitive structures.