“As a culturally and racially-eclectic therapist, my experiences and education in life have helped my clients address and work on their most intimate life challenges, including their religious trauma, racial trauma, interracial family challenges, and multicultural developmental challenges.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
This is my second career; before becoming a psychotherapist, I worked within a religious community to provide informal spiritual counseling for adolescents and young adults. My desire to be part of an individual's growth led me to be formally trained through a rigorous graduate program. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate studies, I worked in multiple industries, including college campus life, marketing, and corporate retail. Through formal education, extensive training, and diverse life experiences, I have become a well-rounded therapist able to serve diverse client needs. I utilize evidence-based CBT and DBT models for emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. I integrate a client’s lead approach; my client chooses their path to their desired goals through empowerment and strong therapeutic work.
What should someone know about working with you?
I utilize a paper-free intake process for quick and convenient therapy enrollment. From an evidence-based approach, I administer assessments at the beginning of therapy, periodically throughout treatment, and toward discharge. These assessments are a measurable way for both you and me to monitor progress and make changes needed toward our goals. Based on the nature of therapy, both DBT and CBT interventions may require evidence-based homework (cognitive and behavioral homework), assigned activities, and symptom reporting to provide the best outcome for your goals.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am an adjunct professor of graduate counselor education at a local university. This job and my work with my clients continue to push me to research, train, and gain the necessary education for my clients to be successful.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I was born and grew up in India. Prior to immigrating to the USA, I lived briefly in South Africa. I have had the opportunity to visit multiple countries around the world. My journey of experiencing various cultures led me to my undergraduate degree in philosophy and religion. I have had the experience of observing and partaking in multiple cultures and religions, which has shaped my very diverse and inclusive worldview. As a culturally and racially-eclectic therapist, my experiences and education in life have helped my clients address and work on their most intimate life challenges, including their religious trauma, racial trauma, interracial family challenges, and multicultural developmental challenges. I approach every person best described by Walt Whitman as, "Be curious, not judgmental."
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Most of my clients find telehealth a more convenient and engaging way of interacting with their therapist than the traditional model.
What is my philosophy?
My approach is not to make your life easier but rather to work together to make you stronger for life. My professional experience has helped my clients become stronger family members, friends, partners, and co-workers, but most importantly, I can help you become a stronger you.
“I approach every person best described by Walt Whitman as, 'Be curious, not judgmental.'”