Sahar Khoshakhlagh, Therapist in New York, New York — Zencare
Sahar  Khoshakhlagh
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Sahar Khoshakhlagh


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Doctor of Psychology, PsyD
New York Waitlist Online
Virtual Not Accepting In-person

Dr. Sahar is currently offering lower fee therapy for individuals and couples impacted by COVID-19 and the current economic circumstances

Updated January 20, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Individual counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Family therapy and family of origin issues
  • Intimacy topics and challenges
  • Infidelity and affair recovery
  • Anxiety

Professional statement

Dr. Sahar Khoshakhlagh, Psy.D, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a private practice in Manhattan Chelsea/Flatiron District. She welcomes individuals, couples, families, and members of the LGBTQIA community who are seeking change. With a background in General Systems Theory (GST), Dr. Sahar's approach is philosophical, psycho-educational, experiential, and holistic.

GST has an interdisciplinary framework of wholeness, parts, patterns, hierarchical order, integration, and organizational phenomena that could be understood through inquiry, challenging the way you identify with concepts and meaning (Bertalanffy, 1968, p. 24). Dr. Sahar utilizes an eclectic systems approach to address a merit of challenges, including communication problems, family of origin issues, love, loss, anxiety, etc. to help clients foster a paradigm shift in their narratives.

She will ask questions to increase awareness of that narrative and meet her clients wherever they are at. She will listen, validate, empathize, and provide compassionate presence so her clients can break the barriers that hold them back from being themselves. She does this by helping clients understand their patterns and habits then empowering them to ask for what they want.

Her intention is the same regardless of symptom, religion, culture, sexual identity, or gender. Her practice is open to all couples, including those in polyamory and non-monogamous relationships. She will help each partner learn to build compassion for the other’s journey by helping couples break negative cycles that keep the relationship stuck.

Her mission is to provide clients with quality of care so they can address their challenges on their own, outside of her practice. Deliberate, effective communication, and commitment to your vision is the foundation of the work you will do together. Her office is easily accessible from 23rd Street 6 Ave Subway Station on the F/M line.

Dr. Sahar looks forward to meeting you.

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 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 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


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

Family therapy and family of origin issues - 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

Intimacy topics and challenges - Addressing emotional, physical, and biological concerns related to sexual intimacy and functioning; improving communication to realize a fulfilling relationships

Infidelity and affair recovery - Providing a safe and neutral environment for couples to explore and develop a plan forward from infidelity and affair issues within the relationship

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients


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

  • Individual sessions: $120 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $80 - $120
  • Couples sessions: $140 (45min)
  • Family sessions: $160 (45min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
Therapist's note

I am not a participant with any insurance panels. I am an out-of-pocket only service provider. Common Ground Counseling Marriage and Family Therapy, PLLC (CGCMFT) is not intended for the provision of clinical diagnosis. Thus, a clinical diagnosis requiring an in person evaluation and/or official documentation for the purposes of such, but not limited to: court-ordered counseling, emotional service dog certification, insurance reimbursement, drugs and medical treatment or more should be disregarded as advice at CGCMFT. All clinical diagnosis requiring an in person evaluation and/or official documentation are encouraged to seek the attention of a medical care provider, such as a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist.


Virtual practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-4:30pm
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-4:30pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 21 years

Private Practice, Founder and Director, 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


New York: 000775