Hello and Welcome!

My name is Sedigheh “Dokie Riahi” Kashani. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC#: 48455) (LMFT).  In addition to being a school-based clinical counselor working with high school students, I am a clinical supervisor at John F. Kennedy University, and in private practice in Palo Alto providing clinical counseling for children, adolescents, parents, families, and, occasionally, adults.

In life we all experience stressors.  Often we can draw on our own strength or the support of our family and friends to overcome life hurdles.  However, there may be occasions when we need the assistance of an objective third party to assist us through such journeys.  In a society that promotes independence, seeking help may feel like a daunting task.  However, the ability to recognize when challenges have surpassed our resources is a virtue and the willingness to seek outside assistance is a courageous act.

If you are visiting this site, chances are that you or your loved one are feeling scared, overwhelmed, unhappy, or stuck.  People seek psychotherapy for various reasons: parents may be dealing with financial hardships, divorce, blended families, and countless other stressors and wondering how they can care for themselves and support their children through such difficult times.  Children and adolescents lack the ability to put their emotional experiences into words and often communicate their inner turmoil through their actions (i.e., acting out, distancing from parents, disengaging with academic responsibilities, etc.).  In addition to being impacted by the stressors that challenge their families and the natural tensions of the developmental process in and of itself, young people often struggle with peer pressure, bullying, academic demands, identity formation, low self-esteem, custody disputes, etc.

You may have been lead here because you or your loved one are looking for support and answers during a crisis or a time of life challenges; you or your loved one may be searching for someone to be at your sides while you get the chance to hear yourself out loud and uncover new truths; you or your loved one could be searching for support in the  face of cross cultural challenges; you or your loved one might be looking to improve your relationships; you or your loved one could be hoping to enhance your ability to problem-solve or communicate; perhaps you your loved one are trying to make sense of  your past and break free to make strives in your presence; or maybe you or your loved one desire to discover your true potential and live your life to the fullest.  Wherever your path begins, I look forward to working with you and being a part of this journey.   My goal in working with every client is to create a warm, caring environment where they can feel heard, understood, accepted, and supported.  In accordance with such an approach, I encourage collaborative exploration and problem solving while providing feedback, psychoeducation, and reflecting on my observations as deemed appropriate.

I hope that some of your questions can be answered in the pages offered here.  I welcome your inquires via phone and offer a free first consultation session. During the first visit, we can jointly decide if my services will meet your or your loved one’s needs.  I look forward to meeting you soon.

Dokie Riahi, LMFT