Get to know the MFT difference

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) are unique because we are trained in both psychotherapy and family systems. What this means is that we understand symptoms in the context of relational interactions, which can influence behavior. LMFTs work with individuals, couples, and families on a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. Including trauma, communications, infidelity, emotional and sexual intimacy, and more. In brief, LMFTs apply a holistic perspective to health care because we are concerned with the overall long-term well-being of individuals and their relationships.

Message to clients

We know ourselves in relation to others (May, 1977). In the 1930’s, quantum physics showed that what we call a part is merely a pattern in an inseparable web of relationships (Capra, 1996, p.37). Ludwig von Bertalanffy would coin this General Systems Theory (GST).

With a background in GST, we will explore your psychodynamics, but also your experiences, structure, communication, behavior, and strategies that you use to interact with the world. I will ask you questions that potentially reach the human spirit and allow an unfolding of healing that may even come from a mystical perspective.

I will not view you as a victim of circumstance, rather an authority of your own life, shifting our work together from an “individualistic” perspective to a “holistic” perspective. My work with you will not be of linear causality, instead it will be of reciprocity, recursion, and shared responsibility.

This is liberating because it allows me to meet you wherever you are at. I may use your feelings to guide me towards your thought and belief system (your story) and imagery work to help deconstruct concepts and narratives that are not serving your quality of life. When working with couples, I will help each partner develop an understanding for the other’s narrative.

Thus, my intent is to support you not on an individual basis, but rather as a person in the context of your relationships. Desmond Tutu described this human connection beautifly when he said, “a person is a person through other people.”

I look forward to meeting you.

Dr. Sahar

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