Shama  Goklani

Shama Goklani

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, daytime, & weekend appointments in FiDi practice (updated March 25, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

Shama Goklani is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Financial District and Midtown, Manhattan, with expertise in relationships, life transitions, couples counseling, self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. She specializes in working with adults of all ages who want to improve the stories they tell about themselves. As a first generation Indian American, she is especially empathetic towards the social interactions to explore topics of racial identity, acculturation and privileges.

Shama offers an integrative approach, empowering her clients with the skills to tackle difficult thoughts and patterns while increasing understanding of their inner narrative. Shama also uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) modality to help individuals process attachment/relational issues as well as trauma.

Shama takes a culturally-sensitive, non-judgmental, and empathetic approach, taking special care to make her clients feel genuinely heard and understood. She engages her clients in a way that helps them gain insight into their thoughts and feel more connected to others and their inner self.

Message to clients

It can be difficult to feel secure and make connections with others while feeling bogged down from past experiences and relationships. I work together with my clients, you are the experts in their life, you feel what they feel and it's not for me to invalidate that. Instead I try to hear your story, and work with you on changing your narrative to be the story that you want to have. I believe that we all have this need to connect and we are affected by our past experiences that impact how we react to things, but that we can gain insights on how to make changes for ourselves.


Depression - Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

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

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

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

General expertise


Shama Goklani 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: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $250

Therapist's note

Shama can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

FiDi practice

90 Broad Street

New York, NY 10004

  • Mon 1:30pm-8:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, Present

OpenSource Counseling and Therapy, 2017 - Present

Institute for Family Health, Mental Health Clinician, 2014 - Present

YAI, Behavior Specialist, 2008 - 2011

netWORKplus, Employment Specialist, 2003 - 2005

New York University, MSW, 2013

Hunter College, MA in General Psychology, 2008

Brandeis University, BA, 2003


  • English

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