I am a first generation South Asian American, and can empathize journeying on a path less traveled to find well-being in a braver life.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arizona
I have spent several years supporting clients in community settings as they navigate the weight systemic and cultural forces have on choice, identity, and healing. As a social worker trained internationally, and a bicultural woman I can support folks specifically coming from a South Asian background to place their experiences in the context of external challenges that may be creating toxic stress in the body and causing spiritual, emotional, mental and physical unrest.
I have worked with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and assault from across the globe, including women and girls in India, with individuals in the United States from tribal nations and in urban areas and individual impacted by military sexual trauma. My approach is invitational, cultural adaptive and responsive, and honors the body above all else. I have witnessed the incredible difference a safer space can provide for folks looking to find relief and hope from these experiences.
PTSD encompasses so much of what many of us have suffered, and is the overarching label of the specialties I focus on. I believe that there is NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU if you are experiencing the distress that has caused havoc in your physical health, relationships, work, and families. Whether it was something you experienced 20 years ago, last week or is an ongoing part of your life, toxic stress from trauma is a biological response and I can help you find hope through somatic-based therapies.
I integrate art, journaling, nature, story, and role-play when clients are particularly feeling "stuck". The integration of experiential work can provide another layer of processing, healing and insight into their journey and I find working in this way expedites the process of therapy beyond the conventional 1:1 office-based setting.
As someone who has sought culturally sensitive and responsive services for my own health and well-being, I operate with a robust lens of centering client experiences within the intersection of their identities so we can partner together towards goals. I know cultural humilty can make or break a therapeutic relationship, which is paramount for a successful treatment outcomes.
I have practiced somatic-based therapy for over eight years, and continue to grow my skills to better serve my clients. Because our life experiences not only impact our mind, but our whole bodies, having a body centered approach integrated into therapy is critical towards long-lasting and sustainable well-being. I am trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model and the Community Resiliency Model, and my goal is to also equip clients with skills they can use to find relief outside of session,