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Sara Kachineh, LMFT

Sara Kachineh, LMFT


One size does not fit all in therapy, my treatment plans are tailored based on clients' needs.

My Therapy Style

I have worked in the field of mental health for fifteen years. I have been a program director of a Multicultural Institute for seven years and a project manager for an Alzheimer's and Dementia program. I have worked with many different populations and pride myself on being a culturally competent therapist.

My Therapy style is very compassionate and nonjudgmental. I incorporate and work from the stance of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SF), and client-centered therapies in my practice. My treatment approach is primarily relational, valuing authenticity and connection with my clients, drawing on a range of clinical interventions and strategies based on what I believe will work best for each individual. One size does not fit all in therapy, my treatment plans are tailored based on clients' needs.

l will strive to see the world through the client's lens. My slogan is to "believe in yourself" and that comes from my deep trust in every client’s inner healing intelligence! My areas of specialty include anxiety disorders, burnout, stress, and codependency. I love working with high-functioning, high-achieving individuals who are usually perfectionists. I also have a passion for working with Highly Sensitive People (HSP).

Education & Training

BA - Psychology, UCLA

MA - Marriage and Family Therapy, Alliant International University

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I was always infatuated with the human mind and brain. I pursued a Psychobiology major at UCLA only to find out I liked the human interaction (psychology) part of my major more than the biology part which was more research. I am also very easy to talk to and have been a therapist to all my friends and family. I love to help and I love changing lives. I always wanted to be a therapist for as long as I remember, human emotions and the psyche still fascinate me.

What are your interests outside of work?

I love traveling and getting to know new places. I enjoy the company of my friends and am very social and outgoing. I love trying out new restaurants and foods as well.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I do a 2-3 mile jog or run with my dog. I decompress after sessions with walks as well. Running and jogging center me and are part of my self-care routine.

What book have you read more than once?

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk. Every time I read it I learn more and more about the mind-body connection.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), for the resources they provide to those in need.

How do you recharge?

By yoga, runs, massages, and sleep. It took me a while to realize how important rest and sleep was. But I am now incorporating more rest and sleep into my schedule.

Do you have any pets?

I do his name is Charlie. My favorite pet story is the unconditional love I have received from all my family pets and now my own. I am a first-time puppy mom and enjoying every second of it.