My personal philosophy of counseling begins and ends with grace and a willingness to enter into an individual’s experience alongside them. I entered this field because I feel that I have a genuine listening heart that desires to see people live as whole, fulfilled individuals. I believe in holistic healing that takes into consideration the whole person – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. I believe that counseling is a pathway for growth and healing. It is an opportunity for the client to explore his or her own thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. By building a healthy therapeutic relationship, the therapist can guide the client in discovering more about themselves and their patterns of behavior. It also provides a setting that encourages the client in establishing new, healthy patterns of behavior. My practical view of the function of counseling is as a journey of self-exploration by the client, meant to increase his/her/them level of self-understanding and self-awareness. I act as the guide or facilitator of this journey.
CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE, CULTURALLY REFLECTIVE, & CULTURALLY COMPASSIONATE CARE.
I am dedicated to building a welcoming, respectful, inclusive, and supportive place for individuals of all identities and backgrounds regardless of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, ability, immigration status, and/or religion.
I strive to engage in anti-racist, culturally responsive, humble, and affirming interactions. I also understand the stigma of mental health in various cultures. I hope to bring more awareness and understanding of psychological wellness, gently challenge stigma, as well as continue to use my voice to advocate for broader systemic changes and justice.
I was born and raised in New Jersey. I received my B.A. in psychology from Rutgers University in 2009. Following graduation, I worked for 2 years as a research assistant in the Division of Schizophrenia Research at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. At the time, I was also an active volunteer with the South Asian section of NAMI – SAMHAJ. I received my M.S. and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the Ohio University. I completed training rotations in a variety of settings, including the Counseling and Consultation Service in The Ohio State University, substance use specialty community mental health settings in Athens, OH and I conducted many neuropsychology assessments at the psychology department clinic of Ohio University. In my free time I enjoy spending time outside, hiking, meditating, cooking, doing yoga, and exploring Austin with my husband and daughter.
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