Zaza Sakhat, LICSW is the founder and owner of Chrysalis Therapy and Wellness in Worcester, MA since 2015. The group practice provides an integrative, holistic approach for serving children, adolescents, and families healing from adversity to include individual, group, family therapy, and alternative therapeutic services such as trauma informed yoga, Ayurvedic nutrition, and occupational therapy. The mission of the private practice is to foster the healing process of children, adolescents, and families as they transform through experiencing therapeutic relationships to overcome oppression, adversity, and trauma. The practice provides the best clinical treatment needed for clients to achieve treatment goals and thrive during their lifetime.
Being committed to social justice and activism, Zaza has an MSW from Boston University’s School of Social Work (2004) with a background in working with survivors of domestic violence and rape crisis counseling, as well as working with children in public schools, residential, and community settings. She has also clinically trained and supervised social work students from the various schools in the Boston area. She has served as co-chair of a committee through the National Association of Social Workers supporting and empowering social workers of color to continue to work towards justice and change. She also has offered clinicial consultation services to local non-profit organizations and public schools in the students with interrupted formal education program.
During the past 6 years, Zaza has guest lectured for Lesley University on trauma and adolescents, the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG) Symposiums in Boston as well as the MA chapter conferences, North Carolina, and NYC. She has also given talks at UMASS Boston and Assumption College in the clinical counseling psychology departments on group work and adolescent girls to include group work with refugee children from Arabic speaking countries.
She specializes in all issues concerning childhood and adolescent development to include, trauma, grief, and family changes as well as eating disorders, self-harming behaviors, and bullying. She also facilitates a Teen Girls Group throughout the school year, and runs Raising Girls, a parenting workshop series for parents of teen girls, plus other variation of services at her private practice. She is also an IASWG board member, a member of the Burma Task Force, and chairs the local private practice shared interest group for the National Association for Social Worker MA chapter. Zaza uses mindfulness meditation and yoga practice to guide her path in life.