Training Programs

Clinical Alliance Services, LLC (CAS) offers the following training opportunities in relational psychodynamic and attachment-based psychotherapy approaches:

Advanced Psychology Practicum Fellowship

CAS follows the recommended application procedures of the Massachusetts Practicum Training Collaborative and will begin accepting applications for the 10-month Advanced Psychology Practicum Fellowship on December 11, 2023 with a deadline of January 8, 2024. Interviews will be scheduled in December / January and offers will be presented on February 12, 2024. We anticipate four Advanced Psychology Practicum openings for the 2024-2025 academic year with a start date in September, 2024 and orientation dates of August 29-30, 2024. A stipend of $10,000 will be provided to each Advanced Psychology Practicum Fellow. See the Advanced Psychology Practicum Fellowship Brochure for additional details regarding this training program and application requirements.

Postgraduate Social Work Fellowship

CAS will begin accepting applications for the two-year Postgraduate Social Work Fellowship on January 9, 2024 with a deadline of March 1, 2024. Interviews will be scheduled and offers will be presented on a rolling basis beginning in January until all openings are filled. We anticipate four openings for the 2024-2025 academic year with a start date in September, 2024 and orientation dates of August 29-30, 2024. See the Postgraduate Social Work Fellowship Brochure for additional details regarding this training program, salary, benefits and application requirements.

Applicants who have completed at least one year of a structured postgraduate psychodynamic fellowship at other institutions may apply as an Advanced Postgraduate Social Work Fellow with the intent to enroll as a second-year (“Advanced”) Fellow. These applicants are encouraged to submit application materials by January 9, 2024, although applications will be considered on a rolling basis until March 1, 2024

Postgraduate Mental Health Counseling Fellowship

CAS will accept applications for the two-year Postgraduate Mental Health Counseling Fellowship until March 1, 2024. Interviews will be scheduled and offers will be presented on a rolling basis beginning in March until all openings are filled. The Postgraduate Mental Health Counseling Fellowship starts in September 2024, with a two-day orientation at the end of August 2024, and ends in August of 2026. Fellows must hold an M.A. or M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from a graduate program that meets the Education Requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor. Applicants must also meet the Pre-Master’s Degree Experience Requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor by the Fellowship start date. See the Postgraduate Mental Health Counseling Fellowship Brochure for additional details regarding this training program, salary, benefits and application requirements.

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship
CAS will accept applications for the one-year Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology or Psy.D. from an APA-accredited doctoral program and be eligible to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) within one year of the Fellowship start date. Applicants must have a minimum of two years of outpatient adult psychotherapy experience and, while not required, preference will be given to applicants who have experience working with young adult populations. The Fellowship starts in September 2024, with a two-day orientation at the end of August 2024. Training opportunities are individualized to meet the professional goals of each Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow. See the Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Brochure for additional details regarding this training program, salary, benefits and application requirements.

Training Team

 

Training Directors

Deborah Cohen, LICSW

Lissa Dutra, PhD, JD


Curriculum Development Coordinators

Gretchen Davidson, LICSW

Jessie Quintero Johnson, LICSW, PhD

 

Clinical Supervisors

Deborah Cohen, LICSW

Gretchen Davidson, LICSW

Lissa Dutra, PhD, JD

LeAnn Egeto, LICSW, PhD

Ana Fernandez, PhD

Lucía Flores, LICSW

Xialou Hsi, PhD

Sejal Patel, PsyD

Jessie Quintero Johnson, LICSW, PhD

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LeAnn Egeto, LICSW, PhD (She/Her)

Clinical Consultant & Clinical Supervisor

I have been a clinical supervisor and consultant with Clinical Alliance Services, LLC since 2018. I maintain a private practice and have worked for over a decade with adults who were chronically and acutely traumatized as children. Before working in private practice, I designed community service programs and training programs for students in medical, law and counseling disciplines in approaches to working with marginalized and traumatized populations. I also have extensive experience working in a rural community in rape crisis, domestic violence and hospital settings, including emergency departments, labor and delivery, and oncology. I believe in the transformative power of psychodynamic work and in harnessing the healing power of relationships, both of which I utilize as a therapist, supervisor and consultant. I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family System (IFS), Accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP) , somatic and psychedelic therapies.

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Lissa Dutra, PhD, JD (She/Her)

Executive Director & Training Director

I am the founder and Executive Director of Clinical Alliance Services, LLC, where I work closely with an amazing team of clinicians from whom I learn every day. I hold a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University, a J.D. with a concentration in Health Law from Seton Hall University, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After training for several years at Cambridge Health Alliance in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Victims of Violence Program and Outpatient Psychiatry Department, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Pacific Islands Division of the National Center for PTSD and later worked as a Health Science Specialist at the Women's Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD. Later, I transitioned to the role of Administrative Director of a community mental health center, which sparked my strong interest in the intersection of clinical work, administration, and health insurance. I am currently Secretary of the Massachusetts Psychological Association and am dedicated to making mental health care accessible, particularly to underserved communities.

I have worked extensively with marginalized populations, particularly first and second-generation immigrants and socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals. My clinical areas of specialty include trauma and complex posttraumatic stress disorder, dissociation, personality disorders and attachment. My clinical orientation is attached-based, relational and psychodynamic. I also have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI), as I believe it is important to be flexible and integrative when providing clinical care to best meet clients' individual needs.

I incorporate the following treatment approaches in my work:

  • Attachment-Based Treatment Approach
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Couples Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Feminist Treatment Approaches
  • Liberation Health Model
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural Treatment Approaches
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Relational Cultural Therapy
  • Relational Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Treatment Approaches

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Deborah Cohen, LICSW (She/Her)

Clinical Director & Training Director

I believe that healing takes place within the context of relationships. My approach to therapy is grounded in a social justice framework and is integrative in nature, incorporating relational, psychodynamic and strengths-based perspectives as well as cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions. I am committed to understanding clients within their cultural contexts, and pay close attention to the impact of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and social class on development and identity.

There are many ways to bring about change, and I work collaboratively with clients to identify the ways that will work best for them. I offer individual therapy to adults across the age span and work with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, struggles with identity and self-esteem, and challenges related to college adjustment and other life transitions.

My particular areas of clinical interest include surviving the trauma of interpersonal, sexual, and/or political violence; negotiating a lesbian/ gay/ bisexual/transgender/queer identity; and the impact of stigma on mental and physical well-being. I also have an extensive background in university mental health and in the training and supervision of psychologists, social workers and mental health counselors.

I incorporate the following treatment approaches in my work:

  • Attachment-Based Treatment Approach
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Feminist Treatment Approaches
  • Liberation Health Model
  • Mindfulness-Based Treatment
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural Treatment Approaches
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Relational Cultural Therapy
  • Relational Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Treatment Approaches

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Chanelle Dow, LMHC (She/Her)

Program Manager & Staff Psychotherapist

My integrative treatment approach is designed to fit my clients’ unique and varying needs. The treatment I provide is culturally-informed and identity-affirming with the intent of building a trusting and open therapeutic relationship. My work is heavily influenced by relational, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral treatment modalities.

I work with adults of all ages and backgrounds to address their presenting symptoms, as well as explore the underlying roots of these symptoms, to provide long-term benefits. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, life and college transitions, identity concerns, and stress related to work and relationships.

I am also experienced in working with culturally diverse and LGBTQ populations. Prior to earning my degree in counseling, I worked with LGBTQ youth and young adults in the Boston community at a nonprofit organization dedicated to health education.

I incorporate the following treatment approaches in my work:

  • Attachment-Based Treatment Approach
  • Feminist Treatment Approaches
  • Mindfulness-Based Treatment
  • Multicultural Treatment Approaches
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Relational Cultural Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Treatment Approaches

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Jennifer Calechman, MA (She/Her)

Intake Coordinator & Administrative Assistant

Jennifer ("Jenny") Calechman holds an M.A. in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University. After working as a clinician in a variety of clinical settings, she transitioned to teaching yoga on a full-time basis. Jenny later became a full-time mother for her two sons, eventually returning to work at Clinical Alliance Services, LLC as our Intake Coordinator in 2019. Jenny is usually a client's first point-of-contact in our practice. She provides clients with warmth and knowledge, as she assists them in navigating insurance benefits and scheduling clinical intakes. She also provides ongoing administrative support to our entire clinical team and is an integral part of ensuring that our day-to-day operations run smoothly.

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Gretchen Davidson, LICSW (She/Her)

Staff Psychotherapist & Curriculum Development Coordinator

My therapy approach is rooted in psychodynamic and relational theories. I also incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and other therapeutic approaches to meet my clients’ unique needs. I believe in each person’s potential for healing and empowerment, informing my approach to building a supportive and open therapeutic relationship. Self-understanding and healing can be facilitated by exploring the varied forces that shape us, including familial, cultural, societal, and historical experiences.

I work with couples, families, and individuals ranging from adolescence through late adulthood. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, identity issues, and relationship challenges. I have extensive experience supporting young adults, parents, pregnant people and individuals traversing various life transitions.

As a queer clinician, I enjoy working with the LGBTQ community. I strive to be an ally for communities of color and have joined efforts in my community to promote racial justice. I completed the Psychodynamic Couple and Family Institute of New England postgraduate training program and am currently a clinical supervisor at Clinical Alliance Services, LLC.

I incorporate the following treatment approaches in my work:

  • Attached-Based Treatment Approach
  • Couples Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Feminist Treatment Approaches
  • Liberation Health Model
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Relational Cultural Therapy
  • Somatic-Based Treatment Approach
  • Trauma-Informed Treatment Approaches

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Leah Driscoll García, LICSW (She/Her)

Staff Psychotherapist & Training Coordinator

My approach to psychotherapy is integrative, combining elements of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), as well as mindfulness-based techniques and motivational interviewing. My therapeutic style is non-judgmental, respectful, and adaptable. I always strive to create a therapeutic experience that feels relevant and custom-tailored to my clients. I also hold certifications as a Financial Wellness Facilitator and am a Certified Wellness Practitioner with the National Wellness Institute.

I offer psychotherapy services to adults of all ages with a wide range of concerns related to anxiety, depression, trauma, cultural adjustment, social oppression, identity, relationship issues, disordered substance use, body image, life transitions, career / work-related stress, and college transitions.

I have training in the impact of bias and discrimination on mental health and specialize in working with LGBTQIA+ populations and college students, particularly students of color and international students. Additionally, I was a professional musician prior to becoming a social worker and enjoy working with performing artists.

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Lucía Flores, LICSW (They/Them)

Staff Psychotherapist & Supervisor

When you’re struggling, it can be difficult to feel comfortable around others, show compassion for yourself, or let your guard down. Healing can feel impossible and it can be hard to see your own gifts. My goal as a therapist is to collaborate with you to recover those gifts. I use a relational psychodynamic lens to help explore the connection between how you currently move through the world and how you learned how to make sense of the world. I also use somatic therapies like EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to help bring attention to the way the body stores emotions and experiences and release patterns that no longer serve you.

I help clients navigate issues related to mood and anxiety disorders, complex trauma and PTSD, and other major life stressors. I use an anti-oppressive lens and pay close attention to the way cultural and institutional factors impact your health. I believe that therapy is one part of a process toward connection and a sense of belonging with others.

I am first-generation Afro-Dominican, queer and nonbinary. I have worked with clients across the lifespan in both English and Spanish. My style as a therapist is strengths-based and trauma-informed. I welcome all clients, including BIPOC, queer, trans and gender-expansive adults, and look forward to collaborating with you in this part of your journey

I incorporate the following treatment approaches in my work:

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Liberation Health Model
  • Mindfulness-Based Treatment
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural Treatment Approaches
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Relational Cultural Therapy
  • Relational Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Somatic-Based Treatment Approaches
  • Trauma-Informed Treatment Approaches

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Maddie Freeman, LICSW (She/Her)

Staff Psychotherapist

My approach to psychotherapy is integrative and individualized, rooted in psychodynamic and relational approaches, while drawing on other modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness techniques. I identify as an ally to the BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities and value working across the spectrums of gender, race, sexuality, and class. I work with adults of all ages and provide individual, couples, and group therapy. My style has been described as warm, empathic, and attuned.

I have experience working with clients across a wide range of life phases, from identity development and college transitions in young adulthood to arriving in older adulthood. I offer treatment for anxiety, depression, relationships, trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, stress, major life transitions, self-esteem, and substance use concerns.

In addition to individual therapy, I specialize in group therapy. I run an interpersonal process group for young adults, and I am working towards my CGP (Certified Group Psychotherapist). Lastly, I am passionate about the arts and can incorporate expressive therapies into our work, when helpful.

I incorporate the following treatment approaches in my work:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Group Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Treatment
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Relational Cultural Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Treatment Approaches

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Leslie Piken, LICSW (She/Her)

Staff Psychotherapist

My treatment approach is integrative and personalized to my clients’ needs, focused on building a foundation of trust. I work with clients to identify underlying roots of problems and elicit existing and new strengths and resources. I prefer a holistic approach to treatment which, while based in a psychodynamic framework, draws from my specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, attachment based, trauma-informed and mindfulness modalities. I work with adults ranging from young adulthood through end of life, using a culturally-sensitive approach.

I treat mood disorders, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, substance use, ADHD and concerns related to identity, sexuality and gender. I specialize in addressing major life changes rooted in trauma, relational loss/distress, grief, career/school transitions, coping with loved ones’ illnesses and surgery/injury recovery. I value working with LGBT and diverse populations.

Much of my work is rooted in addressing the trauma in all of our lives and how it manifests in our bodies, relationships, language and perspectives. Untangling these conflicts enables my clients to live freer, happier lives by identifying untapped sources of joy and releasing unresolved trauma, guilt and shame that may keep them from living their best lives.

I incorporate the following treatment approaches in my work:

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Attachment-Based Treatment Approach
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Treatment
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural Treatment Approaches
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Relational Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Informed Treatment Approaches

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Jessie Quintero Johnson, LICSW, PhD (She/Her)

Staff Psychotherapist & Curriculum Development Coordinator

I use a collaborative, relational approach in my work and incorporate trauma-informed cognitive, emotion-focused, behavioral, and mindfulness techniques, as clinically appropriate, to address a variety of mental health concerns. I am committed to understanding and improving mental health for all people, particularly those from marginalized and disenfranchised communities, including racially and ethnically minoritized groups, first-generation college students, immigrants, and people who have experienced serious mental illness. I am also engaged in postgraduate training at the Psychodynamic Couple and Family Institute of New England.

I offer individual and couples therapy to adults and specialize in working with college students to address depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, identity, and life transitions. I work to understand how a person’s culture, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class influence development, identity, and relationships.

My work as a health communication scholar and university professor during the past two decades has focused on strategies for communicating mental health information to ameliorate stigma. One of my areas of interest is exploring how to help people develop psychological and behavioral resistance to the negative effects of media use on wellbeing.

I incorporate the following treatment approaches in my work:

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Attachment-Based Treatment Approach
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Couples Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Liberation Health Model
  • Mindfulness-Based Treatment
  • Multicultural Treatment Approaches
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Relational Cultural Therapy
  • Relational Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Treatment Approaches

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Carolee Rada, PsyD (She/Her)

Staff Psychotherapist

I am committed to helping my clients explore, process, and resolve painful experiences, thoughts, emotions, and patterns that interfere in their quality of life. I have advanced training in various psychotherapy approaches, including psychoanalytic treatment, interpersonal therapy (ITP), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and relational treatment. I also have specialized experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Therapy should be authentic and personalized to meet the person wherever they may be.

I provide psychotherapy to adults and assist them in working through difficult experiences by making positive changes to achieve their goals. I treat a variety of conditions, including PTSD, intergenerational trauma, dissociation, depression, mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, stress, relational concerns, and identity-related issues, including cultural identity.

Having worked in Hawaii, Samoa, Guam, and Philippines, I have experience with a range of diverse cultures and first-hand knowledge of the unique challenges experienced by these populations. I attend to the therapeutic alliance by endeavoring to develop safety and trust in the relationship and by offering an empathetic space to create a healing journey.

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Mica Agate-Mays, LCSW (They/Them)

Advanced Postgraduate Social Work Fellow

My therapeutic approach is informed by psychodynamic and relational theories, as well as somatic (body focused) perspectives, narrative techniques, and anti-oppression principles. I seek to draw connections between clients’ histories and their experience as it unfolds in the here-and-now of the therapeutic exchange, all in service of coming into deeper relationship with oneself. My therapeutic style is collaborative, curious, and compassionate with attention to the relationship between us, as individuals, and the systems that impact us.

I offer psychotherapy services to adults of all ages and work with individuals navigating mood and anxiety disorders, trauma (individual, collective, intergenerational, historical), complex PTSD, relationship concerns, grief and loss, spirituality, identity development, neurodivergence, sexuality, and gender.

I enjoy working with people who are exploring their relationship to their bodies, gender, and/or sexuality. I have a particular interest in working with people who have experienced childhood trauma, using the therapeutic relationship as a tool to help clients move towards greater intimacy and connection with their loved ones and communities.

I incorporate the following treatment approaches in my work:

  • Attachment-Based Treatment Approach
  • Feminist Treatment Approaches
  • Liberation Health Model
  • Mindfulness-Based Treatment
  • Multicultural Treatment Approaches
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Relational Cultural Therapy
  • Relational Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Treatment Approaches

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Samira Bell, LCSW (She/Her)

Advanced Postgraduate Social Work Fellow

My clinical work is psychodynamically oriented, client-centered, and culturally aware. I draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Narrative Therapy to inform my work, incorporating psychoeducation, mindfulness, and narrative/storytelling techniques when helpful to my clients. I have trained in community mental health and as a Victim Witness Advocate, and I am currently a postgraduate Fellow at Clinical Alliance Services, LLC.

I offer individual psychotherapy to adults of all ages with a wide range of concerns related to racial identity, anxiety, depression, systemic oppression, trauma, grief, attachment ruptures, and displacement due to war and other atrocities. I particularly enjoy working with adults facing life and/or career changes, as well as with college students.

As a Black woman, third culture individual (TCI/TCK), my work is grounded in the interconnected nature of race, class, gender, and national origin. Guided by a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and liberation health framework, I work alongside and empower my clients. My goal is to hold space for them at the nexus of struggle and growth.

I incorporate the following treatment approaches in my work:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Liberation Health Model
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural Treatment Approaches
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Relational Cultural Therapy
  • Relational Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Treatment Approaches

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Aishwarya Chitoor, LCSW (She/Her)

Advanced Postgraduate Social Work Fellow

My approach to psychotherapy is rooted in psychodynamic and relational theory, cultural awareness, cognitive behavioral techniques, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and neurobehavioral therapeutic approaches. I am dedicated to meeting my clients where they are at and adapting treatment to meet their needs. My therapeutic style is compassionate, relaxed, and empowering. I am currently a postgraduate Social Work Fellow and have worked in a variety of clinical settings, ranging from hospital settings supporting individuals' socio-emotional needs to educational settings supporting individuals' learning needs.

I offer psychotherapy services to adults of all ages, including college-aged adults, and specialize in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, life transitions, relationships, self-esteem and identity issues. I have experience working with refugee populations, as well as survivors of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault.

As an Indian-American and immigrant woman, my work is grounded in the intersectionality of gender, racial identity, country of origin, migration, systemic oppression, and sexuality. I enjoy working with individuals across all identities and specialize in working with individuals who hold multiple cultural and/or racial identities.

I incorporate the following treatment approaches in my work:

  • Attachment-Based Treatment Approach
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Liberation Health Model
  • Mindfulness-Based Treatment
  • Multicultural Treatment Approaches
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Relational Cultural Therapy
  • Relational Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Treatment Approaches

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