From the Stage

Dr. Sara offers keynote lectures, plenary sessions and training programs across the world. She has delivered over 500 professional presentations and workshops across 42 countries and more than 200 workshops for the public.

Her audience range from couples to MDs, psychologists, therapists, counselors, researchers and educators from one side to executives, board members, policy makers and UN officials.

Here is a list of organizations that invited Dr. Sara to benefit from her expertise and unique perspectives:

Stanford University, Apple Health Center, UNESCO, Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of Nursing, College of Sex and Relationship Therapists, UNFPA, World Population Foundation, World Association for Sexual Health, European Federation of Sexology, University of Tlaxcala, Tehran Medical School, SUNY Medical School, Wagner College, Asian Federation for Sexology, Porterbrook Clinic, Institute of Education, University of London, Cornell University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, Pfizer Inc, Johnson & Johnson, Boehringer Ingelheim, Feminine Weapon and Columbia University.

From Cultural Literacy to Inter-Cultural Proficiency

 The issue of cultural literacy, competency and humility has been one of the most sought-after areas that Dr. Sara is talking about. She brings a unique cross-cultural perspective weaving the intricacies of Western vs. Eastern cultures, but also the importance of family values, education, socioeconomic status, religion, spirituality, personal values and core beliefs  in shaping one’s sense of culture.

Her talks on culture has been customized based on the target organization or venue:

  1. At professional conferences and meetings, Dr. Sara talks about the importance and role of culture in evaluating patients and clients coming from varying backgrounds and cultures.
  2. At corporations, this talk morphs into interpersonal dynamics, corporate culture and cultural humility in dealing with challenging employee relationships.
  3. Elsewhere, Dr. Sara is invited to talk about how programs, services and products can be developed and marketed in a culturally-sensitive manner.

Over the past few years, Dr. Sara has developed a unique model to analyze contextual matters that can increase the chances of success in any setting or profession.

Psychologists, counselors and therapists benefit from this talk by learning how to incorporate the wheel of context in understanding their patients’ or clients’ problems and offer more effective advice or therapies.

Executive and business professionals use the wheel of context to broaden their understanding of market dynamics, historical events, culture and other factors to better plan for commercialization and marketing of their products and services.

The wheel of context has also been used extensively in topics such as sexuality education, psychosexual therapy and client assessment. It was created as a practical framework to ensure that educators, advocates, and researchers in the field of sexuality education maintain a holistic perspective on a selected number of key contextual factors that may influence, hinder or catalyze our work. It also helps provide a greater appreciation for the communities we serve and ultimately lead to more desirable outcomes for our programs or projects. It is not only a tool to build consensus and alignments at the onset of a project, but also a medium to facilitate dialogue among stakeholders, create solutions out of conflicting ideas and a measure to deepen our understanding about the root causes of unforeseen barriers and resistance that we may face.​ Visit for more information and free downloadable resources.

After more than a decade working with hundreds of couples across 37 countries and 4 practices in Tehran, London, New York City and Palo Alto-California, I diagnose our relationships with “major confusion” syndrome. I offer workshops for the public as well as colleagues to share these valuable and context-informed learnings. My hope is that they could: 

    1. Compare and contrast between various schools of thought regarding the concept of love. 
    2. Question the common sense around the concept of love
    3. Differentiate between Love-first Model of relationships and Emergent Love Model. 
    4. Apply the Emergent Love Model in the process of dating or improving their current relationships.
    5. Identify and describe foundational elements necessary to create a long-term, sustainable and relationships. Relationships that not only survive but thrive.