Meet the Therapist
While I identify as a "human" more than anything else, I am a first-generation Iranian-American who was born and raised in New Jersey. Growing up in-between two cultures created several internal and external conflicts, which catapulted me into my own personal healing process. These earlier life experiences in conjunction with my later educational and professional pursuits contributed to my fierce motivation to seek answers about the sources of suffering relative to culture, systems, environment, relationship, biology, and behavior.
Now I am a holistic psychotherapist who utilizes a combination of different modalities when conducting individual and group therapy for older adolescents and adults. My therapeutic style has been described as authentic and attuned. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach -- instead, I value offering flexibility, options, and choice to the highest degree possible. Putting people in a box is never my objective; allowing all parts of them into the room is.
When I am not helping others, I am adamantly partaking in my own process by honing my craft, traveling, staying active, being in nature, and reading.
Shayan Salar, LCSW
B.A in Psychology from Kean University
Master of Social Work from Kean University
During my baccalaureate pursuit, I spent several years implementing behavior intervention plans for individuals on the spectrum and their families. These experiences served as inspiration for me, getting to understand my own abilities to assist individuals and their families with unique struggles. At Kean University, I helped facilitate their Master of Social Work (MSW) program to becoming affiliated with two separate substance abuse and co-occurring facilities in Middlesex County, both of which I interned at, so future MSW students passionate about addiction & mental health could satisfy their clinical internship requirements. Here, I learned more about the treatment of, and how the criminal justice system intersects with people experiencing substance use and co-occurring disorders. During my tenure, I was well--regarded by Dr. Maureen Himchak for my research titled, "Contributing Factors to Spiritual Competency Among Social Work Students."
Thereafter, my professional experiences grew increasingly well-rounded from having worked in arguably some of the most comprehensive and trauma-informed mental health & addiction centers in New Jersey; ones with wrap-around services, that focused on treating the whole person, all while under the training/supervision of the arguably the best supervisors in the state. I have rich experiences serving people with several diverse factors, life circumstances, and unique concerns. Some environments I've worked in are: in-home, after-school programs, harm-reduction & medication-assisted recovery, high-intensity inpatient residential, intensive outpatient, non-profit outpatient, and community mental health centers.