Farah Shirazi, LMSW

Farah is a licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Maryland and a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) in DC with experience working with children, adolescents, emerging adults, and families in multiple settings. As a child advocate and supporter of early intervention, she is passionate about the power of therapeutic play. Farah integrates an empathic, attuned approach with evidence-based, relationship-focused play therapy engagement that fosters the use of all five senses.

Farah fosters healing and growth in clients with various challenges, including anxiety, neurodiversity, ADHD, mood/self-esteem, social skills deficits, interpersonal conflict, separation, and divorce. She supports clients existing strengths and resilience with deep respect for clients’ cultures and identities. Farah utilizes creative methods in her work with children and teens, including art, movement, and music.

Treatment Approach

Farah’s therapy approach cultivates a warm, accepting space for her clients as she empowers them to cope with life’s challenges. She uses an integrative approach that co-mingles family systems, strengths-based, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral interventions. She supports clients in developing connectedness with others and positive attitudes about themselves. She helps clients develop self-awareness, self-compassion, and new, more functional coping skills. In her work with children, she uses play-based and sensorimotor approaches and works collaboratively with parents so they can support each other and help families thrive. She uses techniques from Theraplay and Filial Play Therapy to enhance child-parent connections.


Farah earned her Bachelor of Arts in social work and psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and her master’s degree in clinical social work and behavioral health at the University of Maryland, School of Social work.

Farah holds certifications in Family Therapy through Jonah Green and Associates, LLC, and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). She is pursuing a Play Therapy certification through the Association for Play therapy (APT).

Contact Information

Telephone: 301-660-8580
Email: farah@jgatherapy.com
Address: 3930 Knowles Avenue, Suite 200, Kensington, MD 20895

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