“The fact that commercial culture always panders to the lowest common denominator of awareness and taste should not stop us in our personal revolution to become real human beings.”
― Martin Prechtel, The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise

A bit about me...

My name is Maryam. I pronounce my name like this and use she and her pronouns. Beyond my role as a therapist and clinical social worker, so much of what defines me are my relationships: I am a sister, a partner, a phuppo to two niblings, not to mention the adoring niece of my very own phuppo. I love taking glamour shots of my chihuahua mix. I’m liminal and political, and as a therapist, I hold space for all of what makes you authentically you, while digging deeper, acknowledging and working through our relationships with the systems that try to make us smaller. I'm not someone who believes that therapists are "blank slates," and the invitation is always there for you to ask me more about myself as we get to know each other. As a deeply colonized human, I actively engage in liberatory healing and decolonizing spaces, and I extend that energy to the folks I hold space for. 

These psychotherapy frameworks have most informed my practice:

Decolonizing Therapy for Black Folks/Therapy that Liberates

Internal Family Systems

Intimacy From the Inside Out

I recognize that how our energies meet with one another is more important than anything I could write about myself or my education, so I invite us to have a conversation before making any commitments to deeper work. 

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What does therapy look like?

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Therapy looks different for everyone. Know that with me, while I will not pretend to be "objective," I am constantly self-reflecting so that I can be in connection with you in a way that centers your experience and process. Together, I can guide you through a process to access your inner strength and wisdom and wholeness so you can be with what has been hurt inside of you.

Therapy is not always a "safe space" for everyone, and my intention is to earn that safety in relationship through presence. I also am not the right fit for everyone, and if you have questions about that, I would be happy for us to discuss that before beginning our journey together.

Experiences that I am best at holding space for include: queer identities, multi-ethnic and multi-racial identities, white-passing folks, Muslim and Muslim-of-origin folks, relationship trauma, and intergenerational trauma. I also do limited work with couples.

...and my practice is full...

At this time, I am not able to hold space for additional folks. I will update my website when this changes; however, I definitely am not the only one who does this kind of work. If you're looking for someone with similar training and orientation, here are a couple of recommendations:

Therapy the Liberates directory

Internal Family Systems directory

Intimacy from the Inside Out directory (for couples)

The Liberated Us

NYC Affirmative

For more resources like this, Jules Perkel, LCSW has a fantastic resource page on her website to check out.

Finding a therapist right now is very challenging, and on top of that, the right fit even more so, so if you're having trouble locating folks with openings, please reach out to me and I'll use all of my connections and networks to provide you with some options.

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Maryam Sajed, LCSW

:: Psychotherapy and Healing::

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