Program Description

In recognizing the neend for cultural and language specific mental health services in the Bay Area and lack of multi-lingual speaking counselors, we created Multi-lingual counseling center to serve the needs of growing multi-lingual community. Our mission is to provide mental health services and treatment to individuals suffering from different mental health symptoms such as depression, PTSD, Bipolar, anxiety,  ADHD and all other mental health Diagnosis.

Our Services:

We offer, Individual, couple, child, elderly, group therapy in English, Farsi, Dari, Italian, German and Spanish. We offer cultural competence therapy.


We train multi-lingual Interns. Our Internship is paid. Our supervisors are experienced in cross-cultural, psychodynamic, Object-Relations, and Attachment theories.

Population served by Multi-Lingual counseling for mental health treatment and our offices: In Alameda County we have 3 offices located in Oakland, San Leandro and Newark. Our clients in Alameda County are low-income Medical recipients. We serve African-American, Caucasion, Latino, Afghan and Iranian Immigrants.

Our organization is specialized in multi-lingual and multi-cultural clients. Our clients speak English, Spanish, Farsi, and Dari. We serve other BI-Lingual clients based on the languages of our Interns. Farsi, Dari and Spanish will always be available other languages will depend on the Interns language capacity.

Our Training needs

Our Executive Director and our Training Director supervise our Interns. Our Training Director provides weekly training, the syllabus of training is attached under the research directory.  We also invite trainers who are experienced Marriage and Family Therapists or Psychologist in the community to give training to our interns. They provide up to date training on different therapeutic techniques. We have a big library for new and old books that are needed for our Interns.

Qualifications of organization Leadership:

Roya Sakhai, Executive Director, holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Originally from Iran, Roya immigrated to Turkey, then Italy and finally settling in the United States in 1978. A victim of intense political persecution, Roya founded the Iranian Newcomers Support Center in 1978. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1988, writing her dissertation on bilingual women and developing a treatment strategy to address the particular needs of Farsi speaking women. In 1995, Roya founded the Multilingual Counseling Center and then in 2005 Multi-Lingual became a non profit organization. She works with Latino and Farsi speaking families, the majority of whom suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. Roya has worked with literally hundreds of Farsi speaking women and men in her practice, Roya has seen first hand the tangible results of her unique, culturally specific work. This combined with her own experience living as a refugee and suffering political and social persecution, uniquely qualifies her to head this important organization.