I strongly believe that all clients have the resources within them to resolve the emotional and social challenges they are presented with in life. My responsibility is to assist them in identifying the real issues and becoming aware of their own strengths and resources. I am interested in how the past events and relationships impact our current life situations. I pay close attention to my client's belief systems, patterns of relationships, and thinking style. I try to understand how these are related to their prior life events and current circumstances. My counseling approach is directed towards helping the clients more realistically appraise their current life situation, thinking, and belief systems.
I encourage my clients to take personal responsibility for effecting a change in the problematic aspects of their life. The specific methods I employ depend on their particular needs and goals.
I received my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and did my training and internship at Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) of Mountain View. I have counseled elementary school children, teenagers, individuals, couples, and families across a range of ethnicities, ages, religions, and problems.
I grew up in India and came to the United States in 1981. I was trained as a physicist and worked in academia and the high-tech industry for twenty years before embarking on a career in counseling psychology. Because of my cultural and professional background, I am inclined to integrate science and eastern philosophy in my counseling work.
I am fluent in English, Hindi, Gujarati, and Urdu.
I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) technique used for the treatment of trauma and other problems.
I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Following are the links to some of my radio interviews on various topics related to parenting: