Shefali Thaman M.ED, M.A., AMFT
Supervised Staff Therapist
Shefali is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in California, trained and supervised by Dr. Jakatdar. Shefali has expertise in treating children, teens, families, and adults. She especially enjoys working with children and teens stemming from her prior experience as a child counselor in school and clinical settings. Shefali uses evidence-based practices like cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy to help her clients reach their goals. She believes that a therapeutic relationship also thrives on connection and a strong client-therapist relationship along with the structure of CBT. In therapy with children, Shefali understands that play is the main language. And so, therapy with children (and yes, telehealth as well) involves delivering CBT using play-based techniques like playing games, drawing, reading stories, listening to music, brain gym exercises and other creative activities. Shefali’s clinical philosophy is to take a collaborative approach and work as a team. While working with her child/teen clients, she focuses heavily on parent coaching. This approach empowers both parents and children with the necessary tools to live the life they want to live.
Shefali completed her Masters in Applied Psychology with a specialization in clinical psychology from University of Delhi, India. She pursued an Advanced Diploma in Child Guidance & Counseling from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India for licensure to practice as a child and adolescent counselor in India. As a school counselor, she spearheaded social skills programs for children with special needs and parent training programs to strengthen parent-child relationships. At the child guidance clinic for the Government of India, Shefali conducted extensive assessments to diagnose childhood disorders and provided tailored suggestions for school accommodations and modifications. Being a seeker and passionate about learning, Shefali was curious to learn more about how evidence-based prevention (social emotional learning) programs can mitigate the impact of mental health conditions. After she moved to the United States, she completed a second Masters in School Psychology from Penn State University. At Penn State University Shefali further developed her expertise of evidence-based treatments. Shefali’s experience and educational background have given her a unique perspective in the clinical field. Outside of her profession and in her leisure time, Shefali loves to travel, dance, listen to music, spend time with children and watch movies with her husband.