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About me

Hi, I’m Archana and thanks for stopping by! I define my work as an integrative marriage and family therapist who is passionate about merging evidence based practices from both the western world with the eastern world to provide the best holistic care for deep healing.

I grew up in a home full of desi culture, and at many times did not understand the value of some of the practices that I was taught to do. However with age and self-driven exploration, I truly see the value in many eastern practices that are now becoming mainstream in the West such as meditation, mindfulness, Pranayama (breathwork), and Ayurveda. In my twenties I left my comfortable career in high tech so I could become a mental health clinician specifically for South Asian individuals. I intentionally chose a graduate program that incorporated spirituality into western science to apply a holistic mind body approach to therapy.

Now over a decade later, you’ll find me trying to live an intentional life the best I can, especially being a working mother in the Bay Area’s fast paced culture. I’m also aware that growth and healing is a continuous process, which includes unlearning certain ways that I grew up with that do not support my wellbeing.  Not always easy but I chose to be reflective and self-compassionate through my own personal therapy, spiritual curiosity, and staying up to date with new trainings so to be the best version of me to provide the best care for you.  I hope you reach out!

 

“All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.”

 

Qualifications & Practice Details

License Number: 119274

License State/Territory: California

Additional Credentials:

Perinatal Mental Health Certified PMH-C

Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist MHRS

Facilitator for Postpartum Support International Desi Chaat Support Group

 

Prescribe Medication: No

Practical Details

Types of Clients
Young People
Adults
Older Adults
Session Types
Online
Phone
Specialities

Many of my clients are facing anxiety/depression that is in some ways appears manageable to the outsider but in actuality they are struggling internally from day to day. In other words, my clients are burnt out because they spread themselves too thin emotionally and physically. This may include individuals that work in healthcare or high-tech and/or additionally carry the load of becoming/being a parent. Other clients you'll find in my practice are those who are relatively happy, but want support through their spiritual journey of looking deeper within themselves for overall peace. Additionally, I have extensive experience supporting individuals at multiple levels of care with an array of modalities to fit my clients needs. I enjoy providing clients with tools from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy lens along with using techniques from somatic therapies (body level) such as Brainspotting when talk therapy isn't sufficient. My approach is warm, creative, collaborative, but also I take pride in gently challenging you for deep reflection. After all, you are here for change right? 

Whether it is your childhood experiences or current stressors such as college/career burnout, relationships issues with your family,  life transitions like pregnancy/marriage/parenthood or creating an identity separate from your upbringing, my clients deeply want to live life with ease while finding meaning to live more authentically.

Additionally I have years of experience supporting those with more severe anxiety disorders including OCD, health anxiety, social anxiety, eating disorders, childhood trauma, PTSD. I also have years of experience running groups on eating disorders, anger management, shame resilience, self-esteem, coping skills, seeking safety, perinatal mental health, and mindfulness, etc.

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