Welcome again! Thank you for your time and interest in my work. My name is Anjali, and I'm a second-generation South Indian American women (she/her/hers) practicing as a licensed mental health therapist in New York. I've listed some of the approaches I take as a therapist below; first, though, I'd like to introduce myself to you as a person. Friends and family know me as a deeply creative person, intensely aware of interpersonal dynamics, and someone who has no use for facts, figures, or tangible evidence (in fact, my friends sometimes joke that I astral project to another plane of existence when someone starts talking about numbers or administrative things).
This is all to say that, as a therapist, it matters very little to me if you believe nothing has "happened to you" or that there's no "real reason" for you to start therapy. I'm always telling my clients that feelings are legitimate evidence in themselves, and enough reason to reach out for guidance. If you feel lost, afraid, or simply disconnected from everyone and everything around you, that's all I need to know. This approach is in line with Humanistic Psychology, Feminist Theory, and Relational-Cultural Therapy.
Culturally competent services is one of my priorities in my therapeutic work. As a Desi American, I understand the intergenerational tensions immigrants and children of immigrants may experience as they navigate their identities and relationships. I am also aware of White definitions of "health" that tend to be imposed on others as part of the dominant culture, and understand that it's a lot more complicated than just "setting a boundary". Rest assured that, in our work together, we will work to identify culturally-sensitive and safe ways to foster your healing and growth.
My mission, as a therapist and as an activist, is to spread awareness of the deeply unsustainable nature of the "logic over emotions" approach to life, and how oppressive systems are responsible for the declining mental health of today's generations. Capitalism and white supremacy have us believing that logic over emotion is the only realistic way to be successful in life and, therefore, achieve happiness. I'm part of a growing coalition of mental health clinicians who have studied the physical and mental impacts of capitalism and white supremacy on individuals. The research shows that it's ultimately harmful for both the body and mind for one to repress emotions in favor of productivity and objectivity. These systems pressure us to behave as something other than human, and to shame various aspects of our humanity (such as feeling pain, experiencing strong emotions, and needing rest.)
I would like to help you learn more about yourself as a human being; that means exploring your authentic self, and how you can learn to honor your uniquely human story. If you'd like to learn more about this work or are interested in getting started, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Practicing as a private practice therapist in New York City area since 2018
Teachers College, Columbia University, 2018
M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology
M.A. in Mental Health Counseling
Certificate in Sexuality, Women, & Gender
Marymount University, 2016
B.A. in Psychology
Minor in Gender & Society