Sahar  Khoshakhlagh

Sahar Khoshakhlagh

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait for afternoon, daytime, & weekend appointments in Chelsea practice (updated March 25, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Individual counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Premarital counseling
  • Family therapy
  • LGBTQIA topics
  • Loss and grief
  • Anxiety

Professional statement

Dr. Sahar Khoshakhlagh (Dr. K or Sahar) is a Doctor of Psychology in Marriage & Family Therapy. She is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Midtown Manhattan. She works with individuals, couples, and families struggling with a variety of challenges. Moreover, she is passionate about working with members of the LGBTQIA community, especially in relation to identity development.

Dr. Sahar is relational and supportive and utilizes an eclectic system’s approach, including mindfulness, trauma informed care, and emotion focused therapy to address a merit of challenges.

She focuses on enhancing a client’s strength by helping people get in touch with who they are and what they want out of life. When working with couples, Dr. Sahar helps each partner learn to build compassion for the other’s journey and empowers couples to break negative cycles that keep the relationship stuck.

Dr. Sahar is mindful of her client’s comfort and considers it an honor to walk alongside her clients as they explore their inner systems. She looks forward to meet you. Her office is a walking distance from Madison Square South Park and Traders Joe’s, in proximity to both Flatiron and Chelsea, and is easily accessible from the 23rd St. 6 Ave subway station on the F/M line.

Message to clients

Your sense of self is derived from your daily experiences, including your history, culture, education, and influences from your caregivers. Experiences are formed through the activation of your biological sensory system. Sensations are processed by your mind, and your thoughts about them produce an array of emotions.

These emotions color your impressions of the world, which taken together, define your truth about life. If you are not aware of your belief systems, your thoughts and emotions will wear you down.

Thus, I will empower you to change your life’s circular patterns by guiding you to identify the details of your belief system. Your ability to recognize destructive thoughts and emotions will empower you with the freedom to choose and create a new belief system; ultimately giving you the opportunity to live the quality of life you deserve.

Recognition of feelings is important to self-awareness because feelings are clues to your thoughts, behaviors, and belief systems. However, I won’t promote alternate interpretations to your feelings—rather, I will ask process questions to promote thoughtful reflection. For example, I might ask you what you think about your pain, rather how you feel about your pain.

My objective will always be the same regardless of your symptom, religion, culture, gender and/or sexual identity. I will meet you where you are at. I will listen, validate, empathize, and provide compassion so you can pass the barriers that hold you back from living your potential.

Overall, my mission is to provide you with the highest quality of therapeutic services so you can address your challenges. I intend to support you not strictly as an individual, but as a person in the context of your relationships. I do this because healing takes place within relational contexts, including your therapeutic relationship with me.


Individual counseling - Working with individual adults struggling with life stressors and/or adjustments in daily living

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Premarital counseling - Permits a proactive approach by addressing potential areas of concern in a relationship, before they become a serious problem (i.e. wedding plans, finances, sexual & emotional intimacy, etc.)

Family therapy - The belief that everyone in the family system is part of the solution. Boundaries, family structure, communication, and respect are some of the areas that are explored

LGBTQIA topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

General expertise


Sahar Khoshakhlagh is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $120 (45min)
  • Couples sessions: $140 (45min)
  • Family sessions: $160 (45min)

Therapist's note

45 min is guaranteed for each session; however, 60 min is allocated to each client in case of delays.

A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Chelsea practice

116 West 23rd Street

Suite 500, Room 19

New York, NY 10011

  • Mon 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-6:30pm
  • Wed 8:00am-7:30pm
  • Thu 8:00am-7:30pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 8:00am-5:30pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2010 - Present

Institute for Community Living, Program Director, 2008 - 2017

California School of Professional Psychology, Doctor of Psychology in Marriage & Family Therapy, 2013

New York University, MA in Applied Psychology, 2002

California State University, Fullerton, BA in Psychology (Minor: Peace Studies), 1999


  • English
  • Farsi