Meet

Cindy Sayani, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Specialties: Life transitions, Young adults, Anxiety, Couple’s therapy, and Parenting.
Sees: Teens & Adults.
Therapy offered in: English & Farsi.

When was the last time you felt connected to yourself?

You are putting others first and saying yes when you really want to say is no. You’re afraid of disappointing your loved ones, so you go along with things to keep the peace, abandoning yourself in the process. Slowly, your voice fades. You are now feeling lost and unsure about your own voice and needs.

You lose the anchor that keeps you grounded to your needs, wants and goals in life, and you find yourself floating away from practicing self-love and inner confidence.

Your inner critic rises, and you find that you spend a lot of time being hard on yourself for both the decisions you do and don’t make. It has gotten to the point where you’re so far away from yourself that you end up lowering the bar and accepting less than what you deserve.

When you look at your life today, you feel anxious and insecure. You’re struggling to feel confident and having enough courage to get out of your comfort zone.

You believed life would be fulfilling, authentic, and filled with connection. By now, you thought you would have made your dreams a reality. You knew you’d face hard times or challenges, but you honestly believed you would never lose touch of who you are.

You’ve noticed your needs are not being met and you are coming last.

You’ve tried to speak up, but it hasn’t worked as well as you hoped. You’re looking for ways to achieve more authentic connections, but the fear of losing relationships is holding you back.

The feelings of helplessness and disconnect you are experiencing in your life do not mean that you should settle with what you have. You are completely capable of rediscovering self-love and living a life in which you create space to prioritize yourself while nurturing healthy relationships.

You have the power to navigate successfully through this process. And we can do that–together.

Hi, I'm Cindy Sayani

I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I am here to tell you that you can turn your life around and create the one you are meant to live. I am passionate about feeling grounded and centered so that you can be real with yourself and those around you. We can turn your disconnection to connection so that you can feel the true confidence, empowerment, and acceptance you desperately deserve. You are completely capable of breaking free from the vicious cycle of self-criticism and disconnection and feel true sense of trust and confidence.

I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology and disability studies from the University of California Los Angeles, and my master’s degree in marriage and family therapy/counseling from California State University Northridge.

I utilize the therapeutic modalities of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness-based techniques. I find that these modalities are the most effective in breaking down and restructuring belief systems, challenging behaviors, creating safety, and nurturing self-connection. I work with both individual adults as well as couples.

As a first generation Iranian-American with an upbringing in Jewish tradition, I have personally faced the impact of culture on my self-understanding and relationships. Therefore, I provide a therapeutic space in which we can explore the interactions with the diversity you experience as they pertain to yourself, family, friends, and intimate relationships.

More about therapy

Therapy with me is all about connection—connecting yourself back to who you are and fostering healthier connections and relationships with the people in your life. Our goal in therapy is to collaboratively figure out how the ways that you’re thinking and feeling about yourself and other people is feeding into the disconnect you are experiencing.

We will get to the root of your struggle with self-love and self-doubt, and discover ways of regaining worthiness, validation, and fulfilment in your life. We will work to tackle your inner critic, and you will learn tools on how to strengthen your inner soother. We’re on a path to self-connection, self-advocacy and re-grounding that will fortify your foundation to make authentic life decisions.

I apply the same approach of connection to my work with couples. Sometimes in our relationships, we may lose ourselves in the presence of our partner—and this loss of self-connection is at the root of the demise of connection in relationships. Often, we are swayed by the belief that a relationship is “two halves coming together to make a whole.” Rather, I work with couples to realize that a relationship is the joining of two thriving, whole individuals.

Where and when can I schedule my first session?

My office is conveniently located at 20501 Ventura Blvd, Suite 395, Woodland Hills CA 91364. I also offer tele-therapy to residence of California.

I also serve Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Tarzana, Encino, and the surrounding communities.

What does therapy for individual or couple session cost?

Therapy for individual or couple is a fee for service program, and I accept all major forms of payment. Please visit the Payment and Insurance tab under Getting Started for my session fees.

Due to my desire to make sure you maintain maximum privacy and wanting to provide you with the highest level of care possible without constraints from managed care, I am an out-of-network provider for all insurance panels; therefore, I am not affiliated with any insurance panel. Many PPO plans may reimburse in full or in part for my services. Unfortunately, HMO, Medi-Cal, and Medicare insurances do not reimburse as they require that you see someone on their panel.

Your next steps

Ultimately life is about being yourself unapologetically and cultivating relationships that foster self-love and connection.

You’re ready to start showing up as you, to start feeling empowered and in charge of your own life.

To schedule an appointment for individual or couple therapy sessions, please fill out the contact form and I will respond no later than 24 hours to schedule our free phone consultation.