Meet the Therapist
Shayan Salar, LCSW
While I identify as a "human" more than anything else, I am a first-generation Iranian-American born and raised in New Jersey by parents who left Iran during the 1979 revolution. Growing up in-between two cultural dynamics created several internal and external conflicts. Stressful and traumatic earlier life experiences prompted the need for me to undergo my own healing process. This process led me to want to further my educational and professional pursuits, only fueling my desire to seek knowledge and answers about the sources of suffering connected to things like history, intersectionality, trauma, culture, systems, environment, relationship, biology, and behavior.
Now I am a holistic psychotherapist who utilizes a combination of different modalities when conducting individual & group therapy for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Gen Z, Millennials, college students, and young professionals. 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 throughout the therapeutic process (within boundary). My approach is uniquely tailored to each therapeutic relationship that's established. 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 through continued education, training, and consultation; guiding people through meditative experiences, facilitating integration circles, traveling, staying active, being in nature, reading, and giving myself full permission to live my life as I see fit outside of my role.
B.A in Psychology from Kean University
Master of Social Work from Kean University
Current student in 3-year Somatic Experiencing Program
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) MDMA-assisted psychotherapy student (Fall 2021 Cohort).