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About me

*Hi there! I’m currently not accepting new clients at this time, but you may email me at therapy@tracylmhc.com to be placed on my waitlist (approx. May-June 2022). Thank you!*

Growing up Desi in the United States can be challenging, especially if you are first- or second-generation. Our parents came here envisioning a better life for our families. There is a push-and-pull of wanting to fulfill our parents’ wishes for us, and our own desire of wanting to go off the beaten path. Maybe our culture’s definition of “success” makes you feel worried or anxious that you’re living up to the expectations. Or, you might feel sad or down because choosing “the right path” isn’t what you thought it would be. It is also possible that you were “different” from the rest of your cousins and other Desi-American children your age. Growing up, you chose to march to the beat of your own drummer, or you might have been labeled the “black sheep” of the family. Or, you might feel “left out” of our community because you’re not culturally “enough”, or because of your sexual identity. You may feel lonely, rejected, or feel unworthy of love and acceptance.

Hi, I’m Tracy! I am a second generation Indian-American woman of Malayali immigrant parents. I received my Master of Arts and Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, and my Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am currently in training towards certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based treatment for treating trauma and adversity, and I am certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I am currently providing only video therapy sessions in New York State. In the future, I plan to hold virtual therapy groups for South Asian Americans and Desi Americans navigating their culture and authenticity.

I was very independent growing up and I was one of those Indian kids who was labeled the “black sheep” of the family, speaking out for others and paving the way for change. It was challenging to be myself in a world that expected me to be something else. I believe that you can still belong to yourself, honor your culture, and strengthen your relationships with your support system while setting healthy limits for yourself. You are worthy of unconditional love and respect, regardless of the choices you make for your own happiness.

So how do we start? Let’s take the first step together. Call or visit my website to schedule a free 15-minute video consultation to see if I’m a good fit for you. I look forward to meeting you!

Qualifications & Practice Details

License Number: 010223

License State/Territory: New York

Date License Granted: February 26, 2020

Years in Practice: 3 years pre-licensed, 1.5 years licensed

Additional Credentials:

TEAM-CBT Level 2 Certification--awarded August 2020 (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

EMDR Clinician-in-Training as of October 2021, under the supervision of a consultant.

When a disturbing event occurs, no matter how traumatic or adverse, it can get locked in the brain along with sights, sounds, emotions, and body sensations associated with that event. EMDR stimulates this stored information and helps your brain process this experience adaptively, similar to the effects of a good night's rest and your REM cycle. With EMDR, it is your brain doing the healing, and you are in control. For more information about EMDR, please visit https://www.emdr.com/ or https://www.emdria.org/.

Insurance Plans: United Healthcare, Oxford, Optum, Harvard Pilgrim, Aetna, and I accept Out-of-Network Benefits for Other Insurances (fee is $150-185 for a 50-minute session)

Prescribe Medication: No

Practical Details

Languages
English
Types of Clients
Adults
Older Adults
Session Types
In Person
Online
Specialities

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Clinician-in-Training, pre-certified under supervision of an approved EMDIRA consultant.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TEAM-CBT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Culturally Sensitive Therapy (specific focus on South Asian, Women of Color, and LGBTQ communities)

Brief Strategic Family Therapy

Trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues

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