Dr. Sadaf Shalchian

My name is Sadaf and I have my Doctorate in Marital and Family Therapy.

I am passionate about supporting individuals in their journey of self-discovery and transformation through life’s many transitions.

Working with me is all about getting to the deep root-causes in a safe and compassionate space. It would be my honor to help you learn to harness the power of your core Self and heal the wounded parts of you that have shaped the way you feel, think, and behave today.


  • Do you sometimes feel as though a part of you wants something and another part doesn’t or is not willing? Like there are conflicting parts of yourself that are preventing you from moving forward?

  • Do you feel as though the way you feel, think, and behave today is still being influenced by your past disturbing life experiences? Like you want to change but you don’t seem to be able to uproot the underlining causes?

  • Do you desire to become more connected both inwardly and outwardly, achieve your goals, and create a fulfilling personal and professional life?

Then I am glad you have continued to read about how I can be of help…


I work with clients who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief, as well as clients who desire a journey of self-discovery, identity, and self-worth.

Additionally, I have a particular focus and specialty on relational trauma and attachment wounds, such as narcissistic abuse recovery. I have gained extensive understanding and clinical skills in this area through my doctoral dissertation,which examined Clinician’s Recommendations in Treating Victims and Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse.

Additionally, I have a particular focus on helping professionals, entrepreneurs, influencers, and students overcome imposter syndrome and internal blocks that hinder their confidence, productivity, and motivation.

In my practice, I also work with those going through life changes like break-ups, divorce, dating, and new relationships.


I can join you in identifying the inner roots of your conflicts, manage symptoms that might arise, and achieve better connectedness and a greater sense of Self and well-being physically, psychologically, spirituality, and/or relationally.  

As every client is unique, I tailor my personalized and holistic approach to meet your specific needs, addressing the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit to create meaningful and lasting change. Therefore; I draw from various therapeutic modalities like Internal Family Systems, Emotion-Focus Therapy, EMDR, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and mindfulness-based practices.

I create a safe and supportive environment for my clients to explore their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, and gain insight into their patterns and tendencies, as well as personal goals. My aim is to help clients build resilience, develop healthy coping mechanisms, cultivate self-awareness and self-compassion, and ultimately create a more fulfilling and meaningful life.


Life is full of challenges and obstacles, but as the philosopher Marcus Aurelius said, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” By working together, we can navigate through challenges and emerge stronger on the other side. If you’re ready to start your journey of healing and transformation, please feel free to reach out to me for a 15-minute complementary consultation.


  • Doctorate of Marital and Family Therapy – Loma Linda University

  • Dissertation: Clinician’s Recommendations on Treating Victims and Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse

  • Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy – Hope International University

  • Bachelors of Science in Public Health Sciences – University of California, Irvine

  • Associate of Arts in Maths and Sciences – Chaffey College


  • EMDR Professional Training

  • Attachment-Focused EMDR

  • Emotion-focused therapy

  • Emotion-focused Individual Therapy

  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

  • Trauma-informed therapy

  • Self-Regulation Interventions

  • Trauma-Related Shame and Self-Loathing

  • Interpersonal Neurobiology & The Traumatic Transference

  • Suicide & Self-Injury

  • Compassion Fatigue and Burn-out