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Professional Background

I hold a Master's Degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey. I also hold a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, and an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology. Having lived and worked in India and the United States, I  offer a culturally informed perspective.  This bi-cultural life and work experience has enriched my practice in countless ways. Having worked in the field of community mental health and addictions for over fourteen years, I have been fortunate enough to work with a very diverse population.

My approach to counseling 

My practice is deeply rooted in genuineness and warm-heartedness. My style blends evidenced based practices such as EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Somatic psychotherapy approaches, Non-Violent Communication, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Existential Therapy,  and Motivational Interviewing. I have come to fully embrace and highly value treatments and approaches that employ somatic therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS) work and other such trauma competencies. I do blend in aspects of those approaches as well.  I continue to be a student of the IFS model and incorporate aspects of IFS in my work with patients who have experienced different types of trauma.

In addition to, or blended with, the above, I also incorporate some of the age old techniques of the 4 heart practices of Buddhism (The Brahmaviharas); Metta - Loving-Kindness, Mudita - Joy, Upekka - Equanimity and Karuna - Compassion to enhance one's connection with themselves, and in turn, with life itself. Compassion based practices form the foundation of my practice. I also employ contemplation and insight oriented practices related to the above in my work for those looking to learn or deepen these heart opening practices.



I draw my primary philosophical inspiration from the teachings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. I also draw inspiration from the work of Tara Brach (whom I consider my primary teacher and inspiration at this time), Dr. Frank Anderson, Bassel Van Der Kolk, Jenina Fisher, Richard Shwartz, Eckhart Tolle, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Dr. Kristen Neff, Marshal Rosenberg, Sharon Salzberg, Pema Chodron, Ram Dass, Dr. Robert Thurman, Dr. Brene Brown, Dr. Marsha Linehan, Dr. Mark Epstien, Don Miguel Ruiz, and Dr. Miles Neale amongst many, many more wonderful teachers. I owe their wisdom and teachings my deepest gratitude.




Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough. ~ Dr Brené Brown

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