Here for you as a South Asian, strengths-based, trauma-informed psychotherapist offering sessions in English and Hindi-Urdu.
Associate Clinical Social Worker in Manhattan Beach, CA
Supervised by Nadia Islam, PhD, LCSW
As a South Asian, I know what it’s like to struggle with the seemingly impossible, gendered expectations of family, religious community, and mainstream society. I am intimately familiar with feeling othered, misunderstood, and misrepresented. I can support you in making peace with cultural and/or religious expectations to help resolve your inner and interpersonal conflicts to be able to harmoniously integrate your values into your life.
Our journeys and interactions with mainstream society and its systems can take a toll on our mental health. Our experiences can vary greatly depending on our intersectional identities. My hope is that by doing my own work to learn and to relate to clients, our therapy sessions more quickly get to where you want to go. While listening to your story, I may draw on my own learnings about diverse BIPOC experiences as a life-long learner and community member.
Trauma-focused therapy helps pack away disturbing memories such that recalling them or experiencing reminders no longer carries so much power. I approach trauma gently by drawing from Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This starts with strengthening your sense of safety here and now, identifying your effective coping strategies for stress, and finally processing the hurtful events when you’re ready. The goal is to help you put the memories away in a better way that returns your power