sadaf Shalchian pourkhaljan, ma, amft


Meet Sadaf...

“Together, let’s re-create the self that satisfies your soul.” -Sadaf 


My name is Sadaf and I am a Registered Associate Marriage + Family Therapist {#114273}, under clinical supervision by Emily Celis, MS, LMFT {#101376} and employed by S.A.G.E. Holistic Health & Wellness Center.  

My story begins back when I was a kid with an old soul and a desire to be an inspiration for others. As a young adult, I had to go through life-changing, heart-breaking, soul-growing events to get to the positive outlook in life. 

And that’s what I am passionate about igniting in others - the metamorphosis. 

To become a butterfly, a caterpillar first digests itself, releasing enzymes to dissolve all of its tissues. But certain groups of cells are needed for this metamorphosis to survive, turning the protein-rich “soup” into newly matured eyes, wings, antennae, heart and even the brain…beautifully newly matured structures. 

Yet another beautiful step is required for this newly changed butterfly...and that is to learn how to flap its wings and FLY. 

That describes my technique, friends. 

I can help you explore and find what has shaped your thoughts, fears, weaknesses, strengths, feelings, and how we can use these things to "digest" and "dissect" what’s not needed and give power to what’s necessary to rebuild the new self. 

I love working with individuals and couples who like to self-explore and self-improve by first working on their psychological inner-world, then, figure out ways they can thrive and achieve what is healthy and satisfying to them and their relationships in the world. 

There is no set equation, as people are unique, beautiful and complex (like the butterfly), but I believe the answer is within you and I can help you find it. 

Session Fees

Highest: $125

$100 for 45 min |$125 for 60 min 

Sadaf offers fees based on a sliding scale, which is determined based upon your financial need. Please contact Sadaf to discuss your particular financial situation to determine the session fee. 

Treatment Approaches:

Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic, Internal Family Systems, Relational Life Therapy, and EMDR (see below).

“EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes." 

(EMDR Institute, 2019).

Set up an appointment with Sadaf today or schedule your complimentary 15 minute phone consult by calling 714.391.3853 ext 3 or emailing her at

Sadaf is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who is employed by and under clinical supervision with S.A.G.E. Holistic Health & Wellness Center.

 "Yet another beautiful step is required for this newly changed butterfly...

and that is.. 

to learn how to flap its wings and FLY. "

-Sadaf Shalchian Pourkhaljan