As a Therapist
I am a board certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).
For over 13 years, I have successfully counseled groups, individuals, couples, families, and children. I served as a Senior Clinician at Rutgers – UBHC Partial Hospital in Piscataway, NJ, until January 2015. I have a special interest in Psycho-Neuro therapy along with the effect of diet (internal echo system) on brain functioning. I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Punjab University, Chandigarh, India.
I practice functional therapy, which means when you meet me for a consult or for therapy, instead of giving you a diagnosis and starting treatment, I strive to first know you as a WHOLE person. Our minds and bodies are powerful self-regulating devices, and we can rely on their synchronicity to accommodate our fast-changing needs. To help you reach self-regulation, I’ll employ evidence-based techniques from Psychology (CBT, DBT, etc.), Neurosciences (neurotransmitters, gene impressions, brain cells, etc.), and Yoga Philosophy (mindfulness, mediation, mudras, and basic stretches). In addition, I’ll collaborate with psychiatrists and other doctors if necessary. Self-regulation is important for maintaining equilibrium, and it takes a committed effort to achieve. I’ll work hard with you because input equals output, and I want you to succeed.
I’ll focus on your strengths in order to help you manage your challenges. I’ll use my training and expertise in conjunction with your expertise regarding your life, and together we can make a long-lasting positive change. I’ll help you explore your emotional obstacles and old patterns that hinder your self-growth. Some of the many areas in which I can assist you are:
- Managing and overcoming stress and anxiety
- Increasing productivity in your personal and professional lives
- Re-training your mind for mindful living to achieve your full potential
- Managing relationship challenges
I serve on the advisory committees for SAMHAJ and SAMHIN. I’m also a member of New Jersey Counseling Association (NJCA), and I advocate for mental health education and services in New Jersey. In the past I also served on the board of NAMI Middlesex.
As your therapist, I’ll give you unconditional respect at all times, no matter where you come from or what guidance you need.
As a Speaker
For more than a decade, I have been conducting workshops and presenting at conferences, healthcare organizations, schools, non-profits, mental health agencies, and caregivers’ groups about Holistic Living and its benefits. I use Psychology, Neuroscience, and Yoga Philosophy to help my audience members gain a better understanding of their minds, bodies, and souls, and the powerful connection between them. In addition, I have been conducting weekly “Holistic Living” workshops as part of a three-month program designed to improve self-awareness and rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit.
During my presentations, I provide my audience members with practical tips and tools—all of which have been supported by evidence-based research—to help them improve their daily lives. I offer advice aimed to help with:
- Concentration & contentment
- Stress and anxiety management
- Assertiveness and boundaries
- Enhanced willpower
- Conflict management
My workshops typically include:
- Brief meditation
- Presentation and discussion on the specified topic or based on requests from the group
- Mental exercises
- Whole body muscle relaxation
- Guided meditation
- Q & A session
I speak from the heart while using my mind as an unlimited resource. I easily connect with my audience members and understand their yearning to improve the quality of their personal and professional lives.
Check out the events calendar for my speaking engagements.
As a Person
I was born and raised in Chandigarh, India. During my childhood, I lived in a culture focused on ancient wisdom and knowledge imparted by teachers, poets, social workers, and Yogis. I was surrounded by patriots, community leaders, musicians, singers, and painters. Their company was stimulating and left a lasting impression on me. As a teenager, I was an active community organizer and a stage performer.
In my youth I spent time thinking about the people around me. I asked questions like “Why are they the way they are?” and “Why I am like this?” I didn’t show much interest in most of the subjects taught in school, but I was fortunately introduced to Psychology at the age of 15. That helped answer some of my questions.
When I was 16, tragedy struck my family. Support and trust were lost, and relationships dissolved. The life-changing experience during my formative years urged me to explore true human nature, and I re-started on the path to understanding “Why?”
Along came my now-husband of more than twenty years, who has been my rock and my critic. With him by my side, I began my journey of personal growth and awakening, not without making my share of mistakes. After living in India for three decades and traveling to many countries, I made the United States my home.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, meditating, singing, hiking, and traveling. I also like to write poems about hope, emotions, inspiration, the cosmos, connections, and the universality of our existence. I fully intend to give back to the community with what I believe I have learned so far. What came from the people must go back to them.
- Holistic living workshops that include Stress Management, Exploring Your Potential, and Self-Growth, or per the client’s request
- Weekly holistic living sessions
- Guest speaking for your organization
- Holistic living or other theme-based retreats