Reihaneh (Rei) Mahdavishahri,


I help individuals and couples struggling with postpartum depression remain connected to themselves and each other as they adapt to their new child.  I also help people struggling with anxiety and depression regain a sense of calm and happiness.
I enjoy helping individuals, couples and families navigate life’s most challenging moments. My approach focuses on the connection between physical, mental and emotional well-being, guiding you towards balance and healing.

– Rei (pronounced “Ray”) Mahdavishahri, PsyD, LMFT


I received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from York University, Canada. I then earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Yorkville University, followed by master’s and doctoral degrees in Couple and Family Therapy at Alliant International University in San Diego, California.


I have worked at community-based agencies and non-profit clinics as a therapist and served on several boards as a director and co-founder including the board of training and education, research, and diversity, equity and inclusion board. My current position is serving as an Assistant Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Alliant International University. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (LMFT#146444) and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.

I utilize EMDR and AEDP from an attachment informed lens in my individual therapy work and use emotionally focused therapy (EFT), an evidence-based approach in my work with couples.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Farsi

Clinical Specialties

In my work with individuals:

  • Trauma
  • Eating Disorders
  • Post-partum depression
  • Women’s wellness
  • Immigration issues
  • Grief

In my work with couples:

  • Infidelity
  • Communication
  • Relationship restructuring


I’m an Iranian-Canadian based in San Diego and grew up in a family of health care providers. I learned the art of helping others by watching my parents serve their community with passion and care. I have always been eager to help others overcome mental health challenges and this passion led me to pursue my educational and professional journey in the field of Psychology and Couple and Family Therapy. Serving my clients as well as inspiring my students as the next generation of healers with compassion, are among my ultimate goals in life. I enjoy going on hikes, long walks, and traveling with my husband and spend my free time in Canada visiting my family.


Call or Text – ask for Rei (pronounced “Ray”)

Availability & Rates

Monday – Friday, 9-7
$190 per 50 minute session


Please complete the online intake paperwork before your first session. It takes a while to complete – plan on about 30 minutes – but having this information prior to your arrival helps me make the most of our time together. If the person seeking treatment is a child or adolescent, please fill out the “child/adolescent” paperwork; otherwise please complete the “adult” paperwork. Lastly, only complete the “Release of Information” if requested once we begin meeting. I will provide you with the password.