What was once a dagger-throwing, human-devouring beast

who entered my world to destroy any potential threat

shifts at once to a relentless dragon 

scourging me in flames.


If I can breathe through the shame of the soot and ashes,

I can see the beast as not a creature to be feared

but as a baby dragon puffing smoke.


Puff, Little One, so I can be with you.


:: Welcome ::

Hi! My name is Maryam Sajed and I am a clinical social worker and psychotherapist in private practice. As a therapist sensitive to issues relating to systemic privilege and oppression, I come with the perspective that complex trauma is inherently rooted in power and control dynamics.


While I work with people of all walks of life, I specialize in supporting queer people, trans/non-binary folx, people of color, and others who hold marginalized identities who endure systemic, familial, and/or relationship oppression and violence. My individual approach is relational, experiential and compassionate, and the invitation is always for us to use the context of our relationship to heal beyond insight toward a deeper felt sense of change. In the context of couple therapy, I help to locate and understand the painful and stuck patterns you find yourself in so that together we can find a new way to be with one another with compassion and openness.


In my practice I integrate a variety of approaches, including IFS, IFIO, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and EMDR with the intention of bringing healing to the people I work with through the courageous and curious energy we co-create.

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I graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work in 2011 and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Since 2016, I have been training and receiving supervision in IFS with specific advanced training in trauma and neuroscience and couple therapy. I also graduated a two year post-graduate program in advanced trauma studies from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in 2017, and completed EMDR training in 2016. As a believer in ongoing and continuous personal and professional training and development, I am always striving to grow and advance myself so I can continue to in the service of both myself and the people with whom I work.


:: Training & Certificates ::

:: IFS ::

Internal Family Systems Therapy

Levels 1: Program Assistant

Level 2: Deepening and Expanding

Level 2: Trauma and Neuroscience

Level 2: Intimacy from the Inside Out

:: Integrated Trauma Studies ::

Two-Year Certificate Program

Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy

Trauma Studies Center

 :: EMDR ::

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing 

Levels 1-2, EMDRIA-Approved

                       :: Consultation ::


For clients interested in working with me and seeing if we might be a good fit, I offer an initial 45 minute consultation appointment that is free of charge if we decide not to work with one another. This gives us the opportunity to get a felt sense of one another before committing to working together. 


:: Cancellations ::

I have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you are not able to come to a session for whatever reason and you cancel within 24 hours, you will be responsible for the session fee. I prefer not to charge for missed sessions and I will make every attempt to reschedule, however, this is not always possible. This policy reserves your time slot and protects my time.


:: Insurance ::

I am an out-of-network provider. If you will be billing your insurance company, I suggest you contact your insurance company before meeting with me to request information about your out-of-network benefits. If requested, I will provide an invoice with all pertinent information for you to send to your insurance company for reimbursement. Questions to ask your insurance company include:

1. Do I have mental health benefits?

2. Do I have a deductible? How much? Has it been met?

3. How many mental health sessions per year does my plan cover?

4. How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?

5. How do I obtain reimbursement with an out-of-network provider?

6. What is the coverage amount per therapy session?

7. Is approval required from my primary care physician?

8. Does the insurance company require any specific information about your provider?

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Maryam Sajed, LCSW

:: Psychotherapy ::

(e) :: MaryamSajedLCSW@gmail.com

(p) :: 646.926.3406