Shirin Shoai, MFT

Shirin works with people inspired to build more meaningful lives and relationships. She believes that psychotherapy offers every one of us the opportunity to heal the internal rifts that keep us isolated and suffering. Having personally benefited from this work, she sees it as a way of extending strength and care not only to ourselves, but to our larger communities and the world.

Shirin holds a Master's degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). In addition to psychodynamic and relational therapy, her practice is deeply informed by the Internal Family Systems method and research on mindfulness, shame, self-compassion, trauma, and the neuroscience of attachment.

A Bay Area native who's also lived in New York City and Austin, Shirin is a proud Oaklander and an East Bay volunteer for the Psyched global listening project Sidewalk Talk. Her name is pronounced "Shir-EEN." You can read more about Shirin’s training below or read her PSYCHED articles here.

Shirin’s Training:

  • 2016-17: Group Therapy Training Program, The Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley
  • 2016: Intimacy from the Inside Out Couples Therapy Level 1 (IFS Level 2), Danville, CA
  • 2014-16: Sandplay Therapy Intern, Alvarado Elementary School, SF
  • 2013-14: Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 1, Berkeley
  • 2012-16: Relational Psychotherapy Intern, Marina Counseling Center, SF
  • 2012: Attending to Attachment, Hakomi Institute of CA, San Anselmo
  • 2011-12: Psychotherapy Trainee, Pierce Street Integral Counseling Center, SF
  • 2009-12: Master’s Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, SF

Shirin’s License:

California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #97538