Mahshid F. Hager, MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

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Hello, my name is Mahshid Hager. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California (License# 47458). I received my Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University. I am also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and use this mind-body approach to treat symptoms of trauma and build resiliency.


I have worked in the field of mental health, in a number of settings in San Diego County, since 1998.


I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).


Personal Statement

My experience includes working with a diverse population throughout San Diego County and treating symptoms of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship challenges, children's behavior problems and parenting issues.


I have worked with children, teenagers, adults, families and blended families. I use a systemic approach to therapy in which clients learn to recognize patterns and develop new coping strategies that encourage communication and allow growth.


Through Somatic Experiencing, I have become more focused on working with individuals who have suffered varying degrees of trauma. SE is a body awareness approach to therapy. I have become a strong believer in the human body's innate ability to overcome past trauma. Through this approach I can teach you to self-regulate and become more relaxed and more present in your life. For more information on Somatic Experiencing, please contact me or click on the link provided below under Resources.


I was born in Iran and raised in Germany. I am fluent in Farsi and German. My background gives me the advantage of being mindful and understanding of the powerful cultural and ethnic issues my clients may be facing.


I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact me.



  Is therapy for you?

  If you are considering therapy or simply have  questions about whether or not therapy might be  useful to you or someone you know, I invite you to contact me for a brief consultation to address your questions. Should we find that psychotherapy would be of some benefit, we can schedule an appointment at that time. You may reach me to schedule an appointment by calling (858)779-4881 or
via e-mail to


Suggested Reading

The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle

Trauma Proofing Your Kids - Peter Levine

Raising An Emotionally Intelligent
Child -
John Gottman

The Highly Sensitive Person - Elain Aron

Desire and Intimacy - David Schnarch

Divorce Hangover - Anne Newton Walther

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