“It is my in-depth training in psychodynamic therapy that allows me to help you develop inner resources to improve your emotional regulation, reduce stressors, and increase your overall quality of life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I moved around every 4-7 years. By starting over in so many places, I experienced significant identity confusion but ultimately developed a strong sense of self. In the end, moving so frequently empowered me. I would not be the open-minded, accepting, and outgoing person I am without having experienced new cultures, new traditions, and new beliefs. In my experience, both people who move frequently and those who grow up in the same place their whole lives sometimes have a difficult time figuring out who they are. Knowing the struggle it takes to develop an identity in the midst of chaos, becoming a psychologist felt like the best way to help empower others to do the same and find their authentic selves.
What should someone know about working with you?
I take an integrated approach to psychotherapy, tailoring treatment to meet your individual needs. However, it is my in-depth training in psychodynamic therapy that allows me to help you develop inner resources to improve your emotional regulation, reduce stressors, and increase your overall quality of life. My goal is to help you increase self-awareness and, in turn, happiness through a better understanding of your own self. I will work with you in an open, honest, and nonjudgmental manner. You can expect active listening, a supportive environment, and open inquiry.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
During graduate school, I researched and published work on the relationship
among subjective wellbeing (life satisfaction), income, and income inequality. Results indicated that not only was a person's actual income related to their life satisfaction but their perceptions of income inequality were related as well. When the fairness and legitimacy of a system is called into question (income inequality), it detracts from people's understanding of the world, introduces instability, and creates a decrease in life satisfaction in spite of a person's socioeconomic status. Ultimately, subjective wellbeing is related to both objective and subjective evaluations of income. Simply put, people tend to feel more satisfied with their life when there is greater equality, fairness, and trust. It is clear that in today's world, our political climate has an impact on our lives. This is something that I'm mindful of as I practice because therapy itself is political.
What role does culture and diversity play in your practice?
I have learned that diversity impacts every aspect of a clinician’s work. Culture shapes our identities in both overt and covert ways. As an Indian-American therapist, I have firsthand experience of the lack of diversity in the field. Representation matters and everyone deserves access to therapists who speak their language (literally and figuratively). Being in therapy should be about sharing and not about explaining yourself. It is my hope that, through my personal and professional knowledge, skills, and awareness, I can help others recognize their authentic selves.
“It is my hope that, through my personal and professional knowledge, skills, and awareness, I can help others recognize their authentic selves.”