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I'm a registered psychological assistant at Tri-Valley Psychotherapy. Below you will find answers to questions about my approach and background.

My Approach to Helping

I approach therapeutic relationships with the understanding that each individual comes in with a unique set of experiences and perspectives, which influences their motives, desires, emotions, thoughts, and actions. My goal as a therapist is to foster greater awareness in clients about how these aspects of their functioning interplay with one another. I also work towards helping clients manage their emotions and thoughts, and develop behaviors that enhance their overall well-being.

With over 7 years of experience, I utilize solution-focused therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help individuals reach their full potential in different aspects of their life.

My Involvement at Tri-Valley Psychotherapy

After completing my Dual PhD in Clinical and Industrial-Organizational Psychology, I learned about psychologist, Dr. Christine Dickson who also graduated from the same program. I was excited to join her practice, Tri-Valley Psychotherapy where she combines her unique set of experiences to provide services in clinical and organizational settings. This practice aligns with my passion to help individuals reach their optimal level of functioning in their personal as well as workplace life. My South Asian background and training in multicultural issues have prepared me to help individuals cope with cultural challenges of living and working in a new cultural context. I provide therapy in English and Hindi.

Research and Organizational Experience

In addition to my work as a clinician, I have been passionate about people effectiveness in the workplace. In the past few years, I have had the opportunity to provide consultation to organizations in areas of employee engagement, productivity, change management, diversity, team effectiveness, and occupational effectiveness.

My interest in human dynamics and leadership development also led me to complete my doctoral thesis on The Relationships Among Narcissism, Leadership Effectiveness, and Career Derailment. One of the interesting findings of examining data of over 2,000 executives revealed that narcissism is not necessarily a bad thing for leaders – in fact it can serve as an adaptive personality characteristic with certain leadership competencies.

Other areas of research have included cultural challenges encountered by expatriates, effects of perceived social support on occupational stress, empathy and self-control among leaders, and self-other discrepancies in performance ratings. These research projects have helped me serve as a coach and consultant to individuals who strive to be better leaders in the workplace.