To provide the highest quality of psychotherapy services to Individuals, Couples, and Families in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). And to support people not on individual bases, but rather, as people in the context of their relationships. In this common space anything is possible. Thus, I believe in therapy. I believe that healing manifests within relationships. A therapeutic relationship is just another form of relationship. As a result, together, we unlock the barriers you have built against yourself.
Systems Approach: In the field of MFT, the relational system fosters change. Biologist Bertalanffy, commonly recognized for the development of General Systems Theory, described a relational system as a collection of inter-related elements that encompass a unified whole (1968). In layman’s term, I utilize systems theory to discern the entirety of a person’s system; including, but not limited to: gender, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age, and other relevant ism’s to foster your path.
I dove into the field of mental health in 2000 because I felt a great desire to serve. Something happens when people invite you to witness their life’s stories. In this common space anything is possible. Thus, I believe in therapy.I believe that healing manifests within relationships. A therapeutic relationship is just another form of relationship. As a result, together, we unlock the barriers you have built against yourself. A mystical poet once said, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers that you have built against it.” ― Rumi
Dr. Sahar Khoshakhlagh, Psy.D., LMFT (Dr. K or Sahar) is the founder of Common Ground Counseling Marriage &Family Therapy, PLLC (also known as CGC). Dr. K was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2009 and established CGC as a private psychotherapy practice in New York City in 2010. In addition to her private practice, Dr. K currently oversees a large 150 bed- 24 hour, supervised, congregate facility providing psychiatric rehabilitation services to individuals with a wide range of mental health issues in downtown Brooklyn.
Her pursuit in the filed of Mental Health began with an aspiration of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Peace Studies from California State University, Fullerton. Fueled by her passion, Dr. K earned a Master of Arts degree in Applied Psychology from New York University (NYU). Discovering a unique interest in relational systems, Dr. K. furthered her education in Marital and Family Therapy; earning another Master of Arts degree in 2005 and a Doctorate of Psychology in 2013 from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP).
Having a keen interest in intimate relationships, Dr. K wrote her dissertation on Adult Attachment as a Predictor of Intimate Relationships and Sexual Behavior. Dr. K presented her dissertation at the National Council on Family Relations Conference in 2013 and again at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Conference in 2014. Furthermore, in 2014, Dr. K earned an Honorary Citation from the Office of the President of the Borough of Brooklyn for Dr. K’s assistance in the implementation of Trauma-Informed Care. Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an organizational framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Currently, Dr. K is collaborating with the New York City Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams to re-build a positive relationship between the NYPD and people with mental health disabilities.