Seeking psychotherapy can be an exciting yet intimidating step to take in your life. It is difficult to know what to expect from the experience, from your therapist, or from yourself. Acknowledging these uncertainties and the often complex nature of psychotherapy, I approach the process with warmth, empathy, and professionalism.
I have been working in the mental health and wellness field for over 12 years, and have around 15 years of education and training.
I earned my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in San Francisco (accredited by American Psychological Association, APA) and my BA in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. My dissertation examined the influence of culture and religion among first-generation Hindu Asian Indian American perspectives on psychotherapy (available at ProQuest). I'm licensed by the California Board of Psychology (PSY26478).
I have worked with diverse clientele in group practice, school, hospital, and community mental health settings across northern and southern California. A few of these sites include Crossroads Institute for Psychotherapy and Assessment, Langely Porter Psychiatric Hospital, and DeAnza High School.
My specialized training includes extensive seminars at the C.G. Jung Institute and the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, where I both received certificates. At the Children's Institute Inc. in Long Beach, I received postdoctoral training and a certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
More recently, I completed a three year program through the Somatic Experiencing® Training Institute and am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).