Shirin Shoai,LMFT, Certified IFS Therapist

Shirin Shoai,LMFT, Certified IFS Therapist

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist - 97538
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

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5625 College Ave.
Ste. 210B
Oakland, California 94618

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My Approach to Helping

Hey there--thanks for checking out my profile and taking a courageous step toward greater well being. I believe that therapeutic change comes from the inside out, helping you to identify, understand, and manage your emotional experience.

If you often find yourself feeling out of place or struggling inside—even though other people think you have it all together—I can help. I work with individual adults who are familiar with psychotherapy and want deeper, root-level healing for symptoms related to anxiety and relational trauma. This can include concerns around relationships, life transitions, overthinking, people-pleasing, self-doubt, self-limiting beliefs and thought patterns, boundaries, and self-criticism.

My approach blends mindfulness and somatic inquiry with relationalpsychodynamic and Internal Family Systems therapy. With me, you’ll connect the dots between your upbringing and the strategies you took on to cope with it, and you’ll develop new ways of easing the tensions that keep you stuck.

I’ve been in the field for 15 years and have a breadth of advanced training in clinical approaches within private practice. I provide group supervision at The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley, CA, and I’m a Certified Level 3 IFS Therapist. My style is both active and spacious, with my focus on supporting you in slowing down, tuning into yourself, and guiding you toward the healing wisdom that thrives within you.

I welcome motivated, self-reflective clients of any identity to my practice, with a particular affinity with those identifying as empathic, highly sensitive, creative, Black, andor multiracial. I also welcome therapists seeking individual or group consultation in IFS. Contact me for a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation if you’re ready to live with more ease and self-confidence.

More Info About My Practice

Host of Multiracial Mental Health: The Podcast: https:shows.acast.commultiracial-mental-health

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

My specialties include:

- healing from childhood emotional abuse and neglect
- clarifying needs in relationship
- navigating difficult life transitions
- embracing leadership as a purpose-driven social entrepreneur
- finding meaning as a motherless daughter
- supporting changes that increase self-esteem and confidence
- reflecting on issues of identity, purpose, and meaning

My Therapy Focus

Mindfulness is the foundation for the three approaches I integrate into therapy: somatic (body-based) practices, relationalanalytic therapy, and Internal Family Systems ("parts" work). I believe therapy works best when we get present to your moment-to-moment experience, which leads you to the answers that work best for you.

Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Motherless daughters, people of color, mixed and multiracial adults, creative professionals, social entrepreneurs, artists, childhood emotional neglect (CEN). People wanting support with burnout and boundaries. IFS consultation for Level 1-trained therapists.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Depth Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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