Sahar  Khoshakhlagh

Sahar Khoshakhlagh

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Doctor of Psychology, PsyD
New York Accepting Online
Chelsea 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 April 20, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

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

Professional statement

Dr. Sahar Khoshakhlagh, Psy.D, MA, LMFT (Dr. K or Dr. Sahar) is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in the Chelsea/Flatiron District of New York City. She works with individuals, couples, and families struggling with a variety of challenges and is passionate about working with members of the LGBTQIA community, especially in relation to identity development. She has over 15 years of experience in behavioral health services.

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. Such as, anxiety, communication problems, relationship and family problems, intimacy issues, identity development, and more. 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. Desmond Tutu described this human connection best when he said, "a person is a person through other people." Her practice is open to all couples, including those in polyamory and non-monogamous relationships.

As a result, intention, effective communication, and commitment is the foundation of her work. Dr. Sahar’s intent is to support you, not on an individual basis, but rather as a person in the context of your relationships because she believes healing takes place within relational systems; including her therapeutic relationship with you.

Her office is a walking distance from Madison Square South Park and Traders Joe’s and is easily accessible from 23rd Street 6 Ave Subway Station on the F/M line. 

Dr. Sahar looks forward to meet you. 

Message to clients

Your sense of self is derived from your day to day events, history, culture, education, and your parents. This is done through the activation of your biological sensory system. Once data is taken in through your senses and processed by your mind, your thoughts produce an array of emotions which eventuate your experience and ultimately produce your truth about life. If you are not aware of your belief system, your thoughts and emotions will wear you down like an app depleting the battery life of your smartphone when gone unchecked.

Hence, with a background in systems theory, I discovered the power to change the patterns of our story line. The gift of presence and the freedom to choose is what I desire to give to you. I do this by using your feelings as an important process towards self-awareness because feelings become the clue to your thoughts, behaviors, and belief systems.

I do not instruct you with an alternate interpretation of feelings; rather, I ask process questions to increase your higher thinking skills. For instance, I will ask you how you observe your pain rather than how you feel or think about your pain. My goal is always the same regardless of symptom, religion, culture or gender.

As a systems therapist this is liberating because it allows me to meet you where you are at. I listen, ask process questions, validate your experience, and provide compassionate care so you can pass the barriers that hold you back from trusting yourself.


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 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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents


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)
  • 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


Chelsea practice
116 West 23rd Street, Suite 500, Room 19, New York, NY 10011
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-7:30pm
  • Wed 8:00am-7:30pm
  • Thu 8:00am-7:30pm
  • Fri 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-4:30pm
  • Sun Closed

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

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 19 years

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