Shama Goklani, LCSW
Hi, I’m Shama. I have been in the mental health field for over ten years and have expertise in helping individuals have successful and fulfilling relationships with friends, family, coworkers, and/or significant others. I work with adults of all ages in individual and couples settings. I’m also first generation from an Indian family, which contributes to my ability to support those that are dealing with different family dynamics as well as issues with identity, self-esteem, and acceptance. I work with individuals to explore how their patterns and past experiences impact them in the present.
What I do
Ever had those moments where you felt like an outsider and you wanted to fit in? Or what about moments where you wanted to live your life a certain way but things just weren’t going according to the plan? Or perhaps it was that you felt stuck in a situation and you just couldn’t figure out how to get out of it, like an endless cycle on repeat? I’ve seen all of this and more, and I am here to help.
How I Help
We are all affected by our past experiences and relationships. They impact who we are today, who we are drawn to, and our perceptions/expectations of the world and ourselves. Therapy is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, with scattered pieces that come together to form a narrative of how we have been living, When we put the puzzle together we can make a choice to redefine the narrative for the present and future. From a new and cohesive narrative we can work together to improve self-worth, relationships, and effective navigation of life transitions.
My style is collaborative, integrative, and person-centered, which means having the patience, sensitivity, and attunement to go at the individual’s pace. I have a Master degree in General Psychology, and have done some research that contributed to a publication on positive fantasy. I have a post masters in advanced clinical training that is more eclectic, incorporating pieces from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, attachment theories, and several psychodynamic approaches. I also have training in emotionally focused therapy (EFT) and EMDR. Both of these allow me to explore how attachment in an individual’s life impacts different relationships and situations. All my trainings allow me to take an integrative approach, making the sessions person-centered and creating an authentic safe space to make changes.
More About Me
I’ve always been interested in what makes individuals tick, and my love of books and reading have taught me that we can’t judge a character purely by actions, and that’s there’s always more going on.When I’m not in practice, I’m out and about, exploring the things the city has to offer, while balancing it with creative self care, such as binging on Netflix, knitting, and spending time with family and friends.