OUR TEAM

CLINICIANS

Sherly Khodadad, MS, LMFT's employees are highly professional, experienced and dedicated to client's welfare.  Each clinician brings a rich cultural background and years of studying to contribute towards refreshing perspectives.

Manika Yadav, MA, AMFT  has completed her masters in Clinical Psychology from Eisner Institute of Professional Studies, Encino, California and has earned her Marriage & Family Associate Licensure.  She has gained practical knowledge while working as a primary counselor, as an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist for Center for Discovery, Dual Diagnosis Rehabilitation Center, Pacific Place. Using evidenced-based interventions she has addressed biopsychosocial needs of the clients to restore their optimum social, mental and physical well being (within their capacity). Along with individual, family and group sessions she facilitated yoga  & spirituality groups.

Prior to her move to United States in 2015,  Manika had desire to create a healthy, pleasant and loving community which drew her towards studying the science of life - Ayurveda and its sister science Yoga. She is a postgraduate, Ayurvedic Doctor from India.  She completed the Bachelor’s degree in Ayurveda from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, Maharashtra and Master’s Degree in Ayurveda from SDM College and Research Centre of Excellence, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka.   Adding to her extensive studies, she is also an Internationally Certified Yoga Teacher from one of the most refined and oldest schools of Yoga in the world, The Yoga Institute, Mumbai. 

Manika's Eastern time-tested wisdom with Western evidenced based treatment modalities has given her understanding in regard to the psycho-emotional roots to health and disease. 

Manika Yadav, MA, AMFT statement:

I welcome you in the journey of healing and personal transformation from a holistic approach of mind, body, & emotions. This may allow you to free yourself from belief systems, thought patterns and habits that seem to be not working anymore and adversely influencing health, relationships, personal growth and inner peace. Stuck or repressed emotions feed into anxiety, depression, or anger disrupting one’s mental, physical and social well-being. I work collaboratively in the session with you towards self-actualization & emotional fulfillment.  My hope is to provide a safe space to cultivate awareness.  

My practice is based on system’s approach that focuses on treating the whole person keeping the surrounding in mind. Utilizing evidenced-based interventions/protocols I work with individuals to address issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, addiction, trauma, and personal growth-related concerns. I consider every individual as a whole and unique identity, hence, understanding clients worldview and working in collaboration with them to establish goals and treatment plans is an integral part of my practice. 

I apply from various orientations and training as CBT, solution focused brief therapy, Gestalt therapy and Existential therapy to help you manage emotional discomfort and with confidence & resilience."

 

Manika Yadav is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT 110386) working under the license & supervision of  Sherly Khodadad, MS, LMFT. 

Email:  emailmanikayadav@gmail.com

 

 

TOVA HARKHAM, MA, AMFT

Tova Harkham, MA, AMFT received her Master’s in Clinical psychology from Antioch University in order to enhance her training and work one-on-one in a clinical setting.  She has special interest to help support teens and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, and all the stress that comes with no longer being a child but not an adult yet. Trained as a Life Coach at the Life Purpose Institute in San Diego, California, Tova founded TEENminded, a nonprofit organization that focused on running workshops for teen girls in and around Los Angeles, in both public and private schools. Tova developed specialized workshops focusing on: body image and social media, social stressors, and building self-esteem which were ideal for teenagers to grow among their peers in a group setting.  In private practice, Tova specializes in creating a safe space that allows for growth, resiliency and confidence.

 

Tova Harkham, MA, AMFT statement:

"Many arrive at therapy for a variety of reasons. As a clinician who specializes in establishing a supportive space for individuals to feel seen, heard, & acknowledged within the therapeutic relationship, I utilize my lived experience that developmentally impacted how I viewed the world as a young adult myself.  

Growing up within a tight-knit culture that (at times) limited my abilities to find my voice and step into my power in a way that felt most authentic to me, I excel at supporting individuals that are desiring to dismantle the roles they were given at a young age as they wrestle with learning who they want to be as they move into adulthood. 


I provide a collaborative space where clients can learn to strengthen their relationship with themselves and critically examine narratives that may no longer be serving them. As a clinician who is also a mother, I can hold more than one perspective at the same time which allows more space for clients to utilize their innate curiosity and better enables them to explore what narratives feel more supportive for self. For individuals suffering from symptoms relating to anxiety and depression, this approach can assist in obtaining and integrating coping skills and tools that can be utilized as a way to feel more connected to the empowered self and less dependent on maladaptive coping skills and unhelpful comparison to others. 

It is truly an honor and a privilege to witness others tap into their strengths, grow into their preferred selves, and begin to utilize their voice in a way that feels most aligned with their authentic self. Utilizing humor, compassion, and authenticity, therapy can become a collaborative journey of personal growth where meaningful conversations strengthen one's ability to foster a connection with self that allows them to be a more active participant in their life."

 

Tova Harkham is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT # 131746 working under the license & supervision of  Sherly Khodadad, MS, LMFT. 

Email: therapywithtova@gmail.com