Anahita (Ana) Kashefi, MS

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

I feel so privileged that you’ve allowed me to step into your life. I understand how difficult it is to be open with a stranger, and my number one goal is to create a space that allows for the natural and comfortable unfolding of your experience. I know that the process of therapy can be challenging and I’m here to provide you with the tools necessary so that you can meet challenges with strength, courage, and a plan. I know that along the way, we will build a bond that will give you the comfort to open up and explore the issues that you want to overcome.

As a therapist and a child of first-generation immigrants, I've been exposed to the various challenges of acclimating to new environments and finding myself in the transitions of life, like a move, a career change, or a physical challenge. I understand the impact of endings, like divorce or a death, and the power of beginnings, like a new relationship, job, or a birth of a child.  These transitions are part of life and require us to reflect on our identity and reconfigure the dynamics of our life to meet your current needs.  Often these tremendous changes also call on us to re-author and rewrite ourselves, and therapy is fundamental on providing the tools, guidance, and support during these times.

I know how scary this process can be, but I'm here to help.

I am grateful to have completed my education at a nationally accredited Marriage and Family Therapy program and my clinical training at the NESS Counseling Center, which gave me an opportunity to work with diverse clients from all walks of life, and where I was exposed to the various trials of the human experience. Prior to my clinical training, I worked with children and families for over ten years, gaining insight into the functionality and dynamics of family units. That grew into a passion, which lead me to pursue my Master’s degree to further expand my understanding of family and couple functioning.

Today, I specialize in relational issues and I'm committed to restoring balance and well-being into your life.

I've been lucky to work with clients from all walks of life, from all ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds.  Through this process I’ve learned that no matter where we come from, our challenges and our human experience are very much alike.

I am a musician, a songwriter, and a performer, and I've applied various therapeutic techniques to my own life in order to tackle performance anxiety, overcoming the strong inner-critic within me, and freeing myself from other people’s opinions.   With that experience, I have a unique rapport with artists, performers, and other creative individuals, and I understand the struggles associated with following your passion.

Many of my clients find themselves coping with creative blocks, rejection, procrastination, and deadlines associated with high-stress careers as writers, artists, actors, and performers.

I believe that deep, lasting change occurs when the underlying root of distress is identified and worked through. I incorporate elements of cognitive behavioral therapy to identify unhelpful thought processes and provide practical tools in overcoming them, and mindfulness techniques to overcome anxiety and stress. But I rely heavily on psychodynamic principals to explore your history, and to understand how it's affecting the current challenges you face,

I'm here to support you in achieving change, and reaching your goals and dreams. If you're not sure whether or not to start therapy, you should call me and I'll happily answer any questions about myself or the therapeutic process.

I offer a free consultation session so that we can make sure that we're a good fit. To schedule your free session, please email or call me anytime 888.494.7788 ext 712