Meet the therapist

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Do you find ways to sabotage your efforts towards personal growth?  Perhaps still have a bad habit? Are you having trouble saying “no” to the difficult people in your life? Do you feel stuck, unsure of what to do or where to turn?

We all strive to achieve our highest personal potential. Yet at times we put too much negativity into our self-talk. What causes stagnation? Thoughts and self-doubts: “Do I deserve happiness? Am I really good enough?” We can work on these issues together.

My name is Dr. Masha Godkin. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and Professor of Psychology. I’m licensed in the state of Ca. My license number is MFC 52362. My legal name appearing on my license is Miriam Godkin. However, since childhood, I have been called by my nickname Masha, and it became my name.

In my senior year of high school, I decided that I wanted to help others by being a therapist. This is why all of the following degrees that I have received have been consistent with my long term goal:

B.A. in psychology from UCSD in 2003,

M.A. in MFT from Alliant International University/San Diego in 2006, and

Psy.D in MFT from Alliant in 2010.

Since 2010, I have served as adjunct faculty at Argosy University/San Diego, Alliant International University/SanDiego, and Central Texas College/San Diego, teaching various undergraduate, master’s, as well as doctoral level Online Therapy with Dr. Masha licensecounseling psychology courses. In addition to teaching, I have three years of clinical experience providing therapy to clients at Pyrysys Psychology Group as an MFT Registered Intern, and one year of clinical experience as an MFT Trainee at Harmonium, Inc.  One of my specialties is in addictive behavior.  My professional experience includes online counseling, individual, group, couples and family therapy, as well as facilitating SMART recovery meetings.

I also have an extensive background in drama and music. I am a classically trained singer, and was a former child actor. My credits include supporting roles in several TV movies of the week, numerous national commercials and ad campaigns, music videos (including Madonna’s “Oh Father”), and roles in San Diego theaters. My personal experience in those areas has enabled me to provide the best level of care to those involved in the field of performing arts. I myself have gone through the specific challenges and stressors that the industry presents to the artists. This puts me in the unique position to help former child actors and working actors in overcoming their internal struggles.


Godkin, M. (2010). The treatment team approch in addiction: A case study. Saarbrucken,
Germany: VDM.

Foreign Languages: – Fluent Russian and some French

Memberships/Associations :

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
(AAMFT) , Screen Actors Guild (SAG) , International Center for Clinical Excellence (ICCE)


Expert guest on Dr. Irene Conlan’s Self Improvement Show, discussing Love Addiction and the connection to Self-Esteem

Areas of Treatment Specialization:

-Substance Abuse and Addiction

-Stress Management

Life Coaching

-Self-Esteem Enhancement

Employee Wellness

-Music Therapy

– Relationship Problems

-Communication Skills Training



-Assertiveness Training

-Working with those in the Performing Art Professions


Thoughts on being a performer:

“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.” -Abraham Maslow

Being a performer can be very fulfilling , yet at the same time can carry unique pressures: constant scrutiny under the public eye, the stress of living up to a “persona,” or perhaps the need to be put together or “perfect” at all times . A performer struggling with the movement towards self actualization may have a fragile sense of self that could potentially crumble under the slightest criticism. There could be a kind of “high” experienced by the performer when receiving praise, but often this is short lived as it comes from without rather than from within. In other words, if self-esteem is dependent on others rather than an internalized aspect, a performer may find him- or herself on a constant quest for approval to feel good enough, worthy of the compliments…Often this is accompanied by the feeling of being an “imposter.” Or living a double-life.  I personally know what it’s like to struggle with these issues. But it doesn’t have to feel this way….

                                    Our feelings are shaped by our thoughts. And we have the power to change our thoughts!


 My Story:
For years I felt crippled by low self-esteem  and constantly strived for perfection, not realizing that by doing so I was letting my life pass me by. I gave my power away by letting others determine how I felt about myself. Any criticism I would interpret as “I’m not good enough,” and the high of receiving praise seemed to become more and more short lived. A depression settled in, and I questioned who I was and where my life was going. I felt like I was slowly sinking. Although I was smiling, inside I felt like a fraud. I seemed to be put together, but I felt lost.  Something had to change. I read and journaled.   I learned about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and discovered how effective it can be. I began to recognize the distortions in my thinking, and started to question my beliefs. Through introspection and education I began to make connections in my life. I finally refused to give others the power of determining how I felt. I rebuilt my self worth and began realizing my own strengths. Eventually I stopped seeking out constant validation, or expecting perfection of myself. I believe I connected with my authentic self.
How did I do this? I found techniques and strategies that worked for me. And I felt compelled to share these with others.

You shouldn’t have to feel lost all the time. Anxiety, depression, addiction, or simply other people don’t have to control your life. Isn’t it time you took your power back? I have helped many people with this process,let me help you too! Are you ready to reconnect  with your true self, successfully battle your self-destructive behaviors, and ultimately unlock your personal potential?


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