A common ground

Dr. Sahar Khoshakhlagh, Psy.D, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a private practice in New York City. She warmly welcomes individuals, couples, families, and LGBTQIA community members seeking positive change. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Dr. Sahar offers a unique approach to mental health care, with her training in both psychotherapy and family systems.

Drawing on her background in General Systems Theory (GST), she recognizes the interconnected nature of human experience and how relational interactions shape behavior. This perspective, which asserts that everything is interconnected and interdependent, was first introduced by quantum physics in the 1930s and later formalized as GST by Ludwig von Bertalanffy. Dr. Sahar uses this versatile systems approach to address various challenges, including communication difficulties, identity formation, family of origin issues, love, loss, anxiety, and more because "we know ourselves in relation to others" (May, 1977).

Dr. Sahar sees her clients as experts in their own lives and supports their healing and growth through reciprocity, recursion, and shared responsibility. She explores their experiences, communication patterns, behaviors, and interaction strategies to aid them in their journey towards healing. She uses emotions as a guide to understand their narratives and may incorporate imagery work to challenge limiting beliefs. In therapy, Dr. Sahar creates a safe and supportive environment, encouraging clients to openly share their thoughts and feelings.

She asks questions that promote awareness of these narratives and meets clients where they are in their journey. Through listening, validating, empathizing, and offering compassionate support, Dr. Sahar helps clients overcome obstacles and express themselves fully. This involves guiding clients to recognize patterns, behaviors, and empowering them to communicate their needs and desires. Dr. Sahar's consistent intention accommodates clients regardless of symptoms, religion, culture, sexual identity, or gender.

She welcomes all couples, including those in polyamorous and non-monogamous relationships, fostering empathy between partners and breaking negative cycles impeding relationship growth. Her mission is to deliver quality care that enables clients to address challenges independently outside her practice. Deliberate, effective communication and commitment to your vision underpin the collaborative work. Instead of viewing clients as casualties of their circumstances, Dr. Sahar sees her clients as the designers of their own existence, transitioning the therapeutic partnership from an "individualistic" to a "holistic" perspective.