A common ground

Welcome to Common Ground Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, PLLC (CGCMFT). At CGCMFT, we firmly believe that every person, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, possesses the inherent ability to create profound and meaningful change in their lives. Our approach is characterized by collaboration, non-judgment, and wholehearted acceptance of all identities. The intention is to foster an environment that is safe, nurturing, and empowering, where you are encouraged to freely explore your thoughts, emotions, and aspirations.

Dr. Sahar Khoshakhlagh, Psy.D, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a private practice in New York City. As a trauma-informed therapist, she offers a wide range of evidence-based strategies to individuals, couples, and families, ensuring an inclusive space for LGBTQ+ community members and those in non-monogamous relationships. Her eclectic approach is tailored to meet the unique needs and experiences of each client.

She provides support for those overwhelmed by life, grappling with sadness and anxiety, feeling isolated or angry, or struggling to cultivate a kind relationship with themselves. In working with couples and families, her goal is to improve communication, promote empathy to understand diverse perspectives, and encourage clear expression of needs and desires, which helps in preventing defensiveness and enhances positive interactions.

Drawing on her background in General Systems Theory (GST), she recognizes the interconnected nature of human experience and how relational interactions shape behavior. As a systems therapist this allows her to meet you where you are at. She will listen, ask process questions, validate your experience, and provide compassionate care so you can pass the barriers that hold you back from trusting yourself.

She will explore how your feelings reflect your thoughts, behaviors, and belief systems. Rather than interpreting your emotions for you, she will pose thoughtful questions to encourage self-reflection. She is committed to listening, validating, empathizing, and offering compassion; helping you overcome barriers to reach your full potential.

Her support extends beyond treating you as just an individual; she considers your relationships as integral to the healing process, recognizing that true healing occurs within relational contexts, including your therapeutic relationship with me.

Please set up a consultation call with me if this is what you’re looking for out of therapy.