I am a tri-lingual (English, Hindi and Punjabi) Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington with a Master’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus. I have worked with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, traumatic experiences, relationship issues, issues related to educational and occupational functioning, grief/loss, transitions, acculturation, and multicultural issues. My primary interest is in working
Background and Experience
As far back as I can remember into my childhood, I was the go-to person for problems; family and friends sought me out to talk about their problems and I always had suggestions for them! This innate ability and willingness to listen to other’s problems and to help them find solutions led to the pursuit of study of Psychology.
My fifteen plus years of professional experience includes working in community mental health agencies with children, adolescents, adults and families. I have also worked in K-12 classrooms, collaborating with teachers and other school personnel to support students in their learning. My love of counseling, teaching and learning was optimally realized during my tenure at a two-year college in Washington, where I provided mental health services as well as taught courses in human development and diversity and social justice. I am currently an associate professor at Everett Community College, where I teach human development courses.
My approach to therapy is focused on being collaborative, nonjudgmental, didactic and solution focused. I primarily use evidenced based practices of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness to help clients address their issues. Based on client feedback, my effectiveness as a therapist comes from my ability to quickly build rapport, convey respect for my client, be directive when needed, and my ability to utilize multiple perspectives while being respectful of
the multicultural experiences of the clients.
I am a lifelong learner and I view therapy as a learning process of personal development. I believe in taking personal responsibility for one’s own life, for it is only when we take responsibility do we have the power to change our life. In therapy, clients have the opportunity to take on new perspectives and learn new skills that might be more effective in addressing the current situation. Since I believe that how we feel is based on how we think and behave, I help clients gain insight into their thinking patterns and how it might be contributing to their issues. I believe that every individual has within them the ability to change their behavior, which can lead to improved personal well-being as well as interpersonal relationships. My goal is to provide a safe place where you can focus on personal growth and well-being.