Dr. Sahar Khoshakhlagh, Psy.D., LMFT

Reminiscences of hide and seek with friends on the streets of Tabriz, ice cream in the park with my grandfather in Tehran, and summer nights by the shorelines of the Caspian Sea continue to place a smile on my face when I recall my childhood memories in Iran.

My family and I immigrated to the United States when I was six years old. I grew up in California, but fell in love with New York City in 1999 as a bright eyed graduate student at New York University (NYU). This was an exciting time for me because I was one step closer to actualizing my dreams of becoming a Relational Therapist in the state of New York.

I founded Common Ground Counseling Marriage & Family Therapy, PLLC (also known as CGC or Common Ground Counseling) in New York City in 2010. With over a decade of experience in the field of behavioral health, I gained valuable skills and techniques while overseeing behavioral health programs ranging from a 24-hour supervised mental health residential facility, to assertive community outreach, to family reunification.

My pursuit in the field of behavioral health began with an aspiration of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Peace Studies from California State University, Fullerton. Shortly after my undergraduate degree, I furthered my studies in Applied Psychology with a Master of Arts degree from New York University (NYU).

During my formative years at NYU, I discovered a unique interest in relational systems so I furthered my education in Couples and Family Systems, earning another Master of Arts degree in 2005 and a Doctorate of Psychology in 2013 from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Having a keen interest in intimate relationships, I wrote my dissertation on Adult Attachment as a Predictor of Intimate Relationships and Sexual Behavior. My poster was presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference in 2013 and at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in 2014 and in 2016.

In 2014, I earned an Honorary Citation from the Office of the President of the Borough of Brooklyn for my assistance in the implementation of Trauma-Informed Care at the Institute for Community Living. Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is a framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of trauma within an individual and their relational system(s).

Moreover, in 2016, I received an Honorary Recognition for my assistance with the NYC Crisis Intervention program to train NYC Police Officers to effectively interact with individuals with behavioral health challenges.

In summary, my academic and experiential background in behavioral health has fueled my passion in psychology to provide you with the highest quality of psychotherapy services so I can support you not on an individual base, but rather, as a person in the context of a larger system. I look forward to meet you in person so I can support you in your endeavors.