Salma Shah- AMFT (she/her)


I am a humanistic and person-centered therapist, which means that I work in a non-directive, client centered way. My therapeutic approach is informed by evidenced based trainings in emotion focused therapy, gestalt therapy and draw from other approaches such as solution focused therapy, mindfulness, and narrative therapy, etc. I received my Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University and received my Bachelor’s in Psychology at Chapman University.

I see the role of the counselor as helping to facilitate positive change by working alongside you in a non-judgmental and mutual relationship.  I will work to help you develop self-awareness and achieve your potential, such that you can find your own answers and make transformative changes.  I sensitively deal with individual and systematic/cultural influences to ensure clients’ taken actions are manageable, realistic, and sustainable. I am currently seeing adolescents (12-21), individuals, family and couples.

Together we can build coping strategies by looking at the situation from a different perspective. By exploring and challenging personal values, attitudes and beliefs that lead to negative patterns, we can break the cycle of self-defeating and self-sabotaging behavior that is often the cause of our present difficulties. 

I look forward to meeting with you soon and working together as a team to help you overcome challenges and helping you achieve your goals.

Areas of Focus include:

  • Anxiety/Stress Management
  • Depression/Trauma/Complex Trauma
  • Couples/Relationship Issues
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loss or Grief
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Sexual Assault
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Communication Problems
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Parenting
  • Attachment Issues
  • Irritability
  • Women’s Issues
  • Divorce
  • Self-Harming
  • Panic
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Isolation
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Self Esteem
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Emptiness
  • Family Conflict
  • Codependency
  • Life Purpose
  • Coping Mechanisms
  • Relationship Issues
  • Breakups
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Midlife Crisis
  • Navigating Identity in Relationships
  • Peer Relationships

Training and Specialties:

  • BIPOC Brainspotting Phase 1 & 2
  • Emotion Focused Therapy, Level 1 & 2
  • Certification for Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention
  • Certification for Domestic Violence Counselor
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Advanced Management Education Program
  • Grief Counseling and Treatment in a Pandemic of Loss
  • Advanced Grief Counselling Certification
  • Demystifying Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Play Therapy and ACE’s Training
  • The Basics of Providing Online Couples Therapy
  • Self-care During a Pandemic
  • Let’s Tele-Play Together! Connecting with Children Through Telehealth
  • Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A) Part 2
  • Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A) Part 1
  • Negotiating Teen Clients
  • The Call of Darkness: Managing Suicidality in Clinical Practice


  • Fluent in English, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi

12821 Newport Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780

(714) 654-6729 and/or (714) 910-3648

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