Be Transformed

Therapy Helping Individuals Renew Their Mind, Body, & Spirit

Based in Orange County and Available Online throughout California


Daniel* never felt like he measured up. He has unlimited potential and boundless ambitions, but constant feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy hold him back. He watches other people build thriving careers, fulfilling partnerships, and happy families. Meanwhile, taking even the smallest step feels impossible for him. And that persistent voice in his head never stops insisting, “You’re not enough.”

Soraya* found herself at a crossroads. For years, she’d endured the manipulation, gaslighting, and emotional turmoil of narcissistic abuse from her partner. She finally found the strength to free herself from this painful relationship, but years of mistreatment have left her spirit bruised and battered. She wants to move forward but feels held back by damage to her confidence, trust, and sense of self.

Aria* was in pain. A recent car accident left her shaken and struggling to recover from the emotional shock. But it wasn’t just the accident. Something about the event seemed to jar something in her memory loose. All of a sudden, she’s grappling with a host of deep-seated childhood wounds she wasn’t even aware she had. She’s trapped by painful, confusing memories that she’s unsure how to process.

It’s time to make a change.

Let’s be real for a moment; ignoring your struggles won’t make them disappear.

Instead, they’ll wait below the surface, festering and preventing you from the fulfilling life you’re meant to live.

And the longer you wait, the deeper your pain takes root and weaves itself into every part of your being.

There is another way.

Imagine for a moment what life could look like if you took action.

Picture a future where you’re no longer weighed down by the ghosts of your past – a life filled with purpose, joy, and authentic connection.

It’s possible to feel free to be yourself and realize your full potential. And I can help.

Hi, and welcome to

Akoya Wellness & Counseling Services.


Dr. Sadaf Shalchian


Inspired by the Akoya pearl – a symbol of transformation, resilience, and perseverance – our mission is to guide you in renewing your relationship with yourself and others while nurturing your mind, body, and spirit.

Life can be a wild ride, especially when you’re grappling with the shadows of your past, the echoes of self-doubt, or the aftermath of unhealthy relationships.

But rest assured, you’re not alone. I’ve walked this path with countless others, offering support, guidance, and a safe space to explore the depths of your inner world.

Through a unique blend of cutting-edge therapeutic techniques and a deep understanding of the human psyche, I can help you reconnect with your inner wisdom, heal old wounds, and embrace the fullness of who you are.

Embrace the belief that your potential is not just a distant promise but a present reality waiting to be unlocked.

Daniel decided enough was enough, and he contacted me. Using evidence-based practices like EMDR, Internal Family Systems therapy, and Attachment theory, we delved deep into Daniel’s past wounds, unraveling the layers of self-doubt and insecurity. With each session, Daniel began to shed the weight of his past and embrace his inherent worth and potential.

Today, Daniel stands tall as a shining example of what’s possible with determination, support, and a willingness to confront the adversities of the past. He reports that his newfound confidence has led him to fearlessly pursue his dreams and establish a business aligned with his passions, is in a healthy relationship, and has reconnected with his authentic self while also believing in his capability of creating a future brimming with achievement, assurance, and limitless prospects. He now believes that he is enough, adequate, and lovable.

Like Daniel, Overcome Imposter Syndrome

Like Soraya, Recover from Narcissistic Abuse

Soraya was desperate for support when she called me. With compassionate guidance and specialized therapy techniques like EMDR and healing conversations that enlightened her about the narcissistic abuse cycle, Soraya embarked on a journey of healing and self-discovery.

Together, we peeled back the layers of trauma to process and release the pain she’d experienced. Through this journey, Soraya uncovered her strength, rebuilt her boundaries, and reclaimed her sense of self-worth. Now, her story serves as a reminder that healing is possible, even after enduring the darkest of storms. Soraya feels transformed and ready to receive love again.

Aria was despondent when she reached out to me. With a compassionate approach and a toolbox filled with innovative techniques, we embarked on a transformative journey to address Aria’s past traumas head-on.

Together, we explored the depths of her emotional landscape, helping her heal from past negative beliefs and traumas that once obscured her judgment, hindered her ability to cope with stressors, and influenced her decisions in friendships and relationships. With newfound clarity and a wise mind guiding her choices, Aria now approaches life with a sense of purpose and authenticity, free from the constraints of her childhood upbringing.

*The above names and stories are fictionalized composites of real clients I’ve supported.

Like Aria, Thrive Beyond Past Trauma

What I Offer

Individual Therapy


EMDR Therapy


Online Therapy


Don’t let fear hold you back any longer.

Remember, the things that seem to block our path can actually guide us forward. Whatever stands in your way is simply showing you the way.

Reach out and take the first step toward a happier, more fulfilling life today.

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