Originally from India, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Scripps College, Claremont, California with a B.A. in Psychology. Scripps is a liberal arts college, and the breadth of education taught me to think critically while also trusting my heart’s direction. I was drawn to work with people to alleviate their pain, and chose to pursue a doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). U.S. News and World Reports has consistently rated UCLA as the top clinical psychology program in the country. I obtained an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Health Psychology (which focuses on how biology, psychology, behavior, and social factors influence health and illness). During the Ph.D. program, I trained for a year in hypnosis at the Neuro-Psychiatric Institute at UCLA. When I opened a psychotherapy practice in Santa Monica, I was able to offer a mind-body healing. I have been working with clients for more than 25 years.
Although people were being helped and were resolving their problems, I found that I wanted to offer them something more as well. It was that they be able to access within themselves peace and harmony, as well as strength and courage to sustain them through whatever challenges arose in their lives. I started to integrate my life-long interest in spirituality in my work. Now I could offer a more complete mind-body-spirit therapy.
I have learned through my work with clients that unless the underlying perspective shifts, real transformation is not possible. I started to see that traditional psychotherapy only took people up to a certain point. What I wanted was to guide and facilitate clients to let go of the barriers that prevented them from connecting to a deeper sense of themselves, beyond the identities they had embraced. Then they could discover an ease, contentment, and freedom in the middle of life’s challenges. Over 30 years, with the help of clients’ participation and responses, as well as my own deep spiritual exploration and study, I have developed the transformational psychotherapy I now offer.
I call it Healing into Joy.
“Over the course of our therapy I was able to look at my current situation with new eyes, a deeper insight. Although outer circumstances were very stressful, I felt a new calm inside that helped me through.”