“I approach my clients with sincere attention and empathic sensitivity to specific needs, requests, and experiences unique to that individual.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Choosing a career in clinical psychology and psychotherapy was influenced by two main factors: 1) Being raised in an Indian American home with a bicultural identity and 2) Having a lifelong disability with albinism. Living with albinism has deepened my compassion toward those with significant emotional and physical challenges. As such, a part of my practice is devoted to helping individuals who struggle in long-term care and rehab facilities. I also specialize in helping diverse adults in outpatient settings who present with various mental and physical health challenges. I place an emphasis on lifestyle management, health maintenance, and disease prevention.
What should someone know about working with you?
I approach my clients with sincere attention and empathic sensitivity to specific needs, requests, and experiences unique to that individual. My first session with you is an opportunity to not only gather relevant information about your concerns and background but also establish a comfortable therapeutic rapport through dialogue within a relaxed and soothing atmosphere. I aim to create an environment that helps ease any anxiety about psychotherapy, especially if this is your first experience, while formulating a collaborative treatment approach and mutually agreed upon plan.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Continuing education courses are very important for me to stay informed about the best practices and reinforce my core competencies. I also like to read books and research articles on topics that best inform my practice, including anxiety interventions as well as mindfulness in psychotherapy and its role in enhancing stress relief.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Every human being is bestowed with a unique life story. Each human story contains its own set of hardships, joys, relationships, and personal discoveries. I deeply believe that despite our own unique backgrounds, struggles, and life stories, there is so much more that unites us as a human family than divides us. It is this fundamental belief that forms and sustains my humanitarian philosophy and compassionate attitude. I value and appreciate human diversity in all forms, including multicultural perspectives and experiences.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I feel most excited and hopeful about increasing awareness and reducing the stigma of mental illness and treatment. Mental health advocacy and education in mainstream media has been increasing, which is important given the alarming statistics of higher rates of clinical depression, suicide, and anxiety disorders.
“I deeply believe that despite our own unique backgrounds, struggles, and life stories, there is so much more that unites us as a human family than divides us.”