Dr. Sahar Khoshakhlagh, Psy.D, LMFT

Reminiscence 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. I immigrated to the United States when I was six years old, grew up in California, but fell in love with New York City as a bright-eyed graduate student at New York University (NYU) in 1999.

Common Ground Counseling Marriage & Family Therapy, PLLC (CGCMFT) was founded in 2010. With over 15+ years of experience in the field of mental health services, I have gained valuable skills while overseeing behavioral health programs ranging from a 24-hour supervised mental health residential facility, to assertive community outreach programs, to family reunification.

Inspired by the challenges of mental illness, I worked with local and state multidisciplinary teams to help decrease the negative stigmatization associated with mental health. Earning an Honorary Citation from the Office of the President of the Borough of Brooklyn by State Senator Kevin S. Parker for exemplary performance in Trauma-Informed Care. And Certificate of Recognition and Gratitude by John Volpe, Special Advisor DOHMH and Theresa Tobin, Deputy Chief NYPD for supporting the NYPD Crisis Intervention Program for its mission to train the NYC police officers to effectively interact with individuals with mental health challenges.

State Senator Kevin Parker said," Sahar Khoshakhlagh is recognized for exemplary efforts...to change the way trauma is viewed by ending isolation, exposing misconceptions, and working collaboratively to develop strategies that enable individuals to live productive and healthy lives in their communities...and has demonstrated her commitment to social justice...for all behavioral health providers in New York City and the State of New York."

My pursuit in the field of mental 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 Attachments 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.

Thus, as the the Founder and Director of Common Ground Counseling Marriage & Family Therapy, PLLC (CGCMFT), my practice is welcome to individuals, couples, families, and members of the LGBTQIA community who are seeking change. My intention is the same regardless of symptom, religion, culture, sexual identity, or gender. Deliberate, effective communication, and commitment to your vision, is the foundation of the work we will do together.

I look forward to meeting you.

Dr. Sahar