“I empower people with the tools they need to experience greater emotional wellbeing and I utilize an integrative approach to therapy to meet the unique needs of each of my clients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a child, I was surrounded by inspirational family members who sparked my curiosity about what it is that makes people happy. I sought answers in the wise traditions of the world and the field of psychology. This knowledge base, coupled with a genuine love for people and a strong sense of empathy, drew others to me for support and guidance. I eventually followed my heart and lifelong dream of becoming a psychotherapist and pursued an MSW from Columbia University. I have extensive clinical experience working with corporate and federal EAPs, in hospitals, and in my private practice (Wellness Around The World, LLC). I empower people with the tools they need to experience greater emotional wellbeing and I utilize an integrative approach to therapy to meet the unique needs of each of my clients. I have certification in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), behavior therapy for OCD, applied positive psychology, and personal/executive coaching. I am also a licensed Heal Your Life® teacher.
What should someone know about working with you?
My top priority is creating a safe, nonjudgmental, and positive space where you can experience healing. Clients describe my style as warm, positive, interactive, and supportive. I will be there to offer you support and practical tools that help you cope more effectively, experience personal growth, and enjoy life. I may encourage you to leave each session with a little homework assignment to apply the insights and tools discussed back into your life. This will help you build confidence in new skills and help us to measure progress. I will strive to help you not only manage or minimize symptoms but also flourish by helping you align with your strengths and values. I would be humbled by the opportunity to be a part of your healing journey.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
To keep my skills sharp and to stay on top of cutting-edge research, I regularly attend continuing education trainings and participate in peer supervision. I also design and deliver workshops and trainings in the US and India in the areas of emotional wellbeing and professional soft skills development. Among these are continuing education workshops that train other mental health professionals in positive psychology through the Columbia University School of Social Work and other organizations. I enjoy collaborating with mental health professionals and healing professionals from other disciplines within the US and abroad. This allows me to continue to enrich my knowledge and practice. I have authored several book chapters including a chapter in the textbook Working with Grief & Traumatic Loss (Cognella Press, 2020) and a chapter on empowerment called “Hold on to the Paperclip” in The Empowerment Manual (Visionary Insight Press, 2015).
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
As a board-certified telemental health provider, I am especially excited about the direction the psychology field has been moving. Telehealth allows for greater access to critical healthcare services that were not accessible to so many before. As a certified applied positive psychology practitioner, I am also passionate about the scientific study of optimal wellbeing. The study of positive emotions or states (like gratitude, joy, and courage) is now being more fully embraced by society. I enjoy reading about promising research on mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and other healing modalities as well as their positive impact on mental health.
What treatment modalities do you use in sessions?
I draw from a wide variety of modalities, utilizing what is most helpful to each unique client with whom I work. In addition to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy, I integrate tools from positive psychology, solution-focused coaching, and the philosophy and science of yoga. I am a singer and writer and I hold a certificate in music therapy from India. I incorporate therapeutic writing and the use of sound for those who are interested. As a licensed Heal Your Life® teacher, I conduct one-on-one training in the “Love Yourself, Heal Your Life®” workshop. While I have extensive experience working in person with clients, I am a board-certified telemental health provider and have been working with clients online for several years.
“I will be there to offer you support and practical tools that help you cope more effectively, experience personal growth, and enjoy life.”