Prepare To Change Counseling
I am a clinical pscyhologist, psychoanalyst, and a certified anger management specialist. My practice of psychology, psychotherapy & psychoanalysis is based on my experience that each client comes with a unique set of circumstances & experiences.
Another unique feature is that I also funded a nonprofit organization to provide affordable, quality, low fee counseling.
Stepping into my clients' journeys with them is such a joyful experience for me, and an honor as well. I pride myself on being able to delve into whatever my clients might be willing to share, to be an active part of their lives.
From the nonprofit perspective being able to provide quality and affordable low fee psychotherapy/counsleing for individuals who might therwise not get the help they need is fulfilling.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I offer free phone or in-person consultations. I firmly believe in clients finding the right therapist for them, and mainly want to see if we (a new client and myself) can establish a rapport. I might ask what brings them in to see me today; why they sought help; what they hope to accomplish by meeting with me or whatever therapist they choose to see. I might also reccommend psychology assessments if I feel they might be useful. Bottom line, a new client has be feel comfortable talking with me, or it will be a waste of time for both of us.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Both my Bachelor's (BA) & Master's (MA) degrees in psychology were earned at the Presidency College, University of Madras in Southern India. Aftrer I moved to the U.S., I continued my education with a PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology. My 2nd and 3rd doctorates (a PsyD & PhD, respectively) in Psychoanalysis were earned at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis LA.
I have extensive experience working with familes, individuals, and childre, and completed a 2-year internship with USC's University Affiliated Program, Children's Hospital in LA. I also specialize in working with individuals who have experienced abuse & trauma, and who are struggling with substance abuse issue.
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Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.
While I do have a standard pricing system, I also am willing to meet with clients on a sliding scale.
Based on the philosophy that no individual should be denied quality and affordable mental health care services, my non profit counseling center offers low fee counseling.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have a very diverse client base. I have worked with children, pre-teens & teens, adults, couples, families, the elderly, and Veterans, all coming from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. This diverse client gives me two huge advantages: 1) I know there are very few people I can't work with, and 2) there's not a lot I haven't seen before! I join my clients through every aspect of their life journeys. It's what I do.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?
First, I would say to try and find someone you feel comfortable talking to. This may not be the most important thing in the long run, but it should be there initially.
Next, I would say to stick with a new therapist for about 2-3 months before deciding whether or not you're a good fit together. This may seem like a long time, but like any new relationship, it takes a while to get into a good flow.
Last, if you find a certain therapist/type of therapy isn't working for you, speak up! We want you to get the most out of your time with us, and honesty on your part is the best way to ensure that.
What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?
1) Obviously, the financial cost of therapy needs to be addressed. Figure out what you're comfortable paying for therapy before making calls.
2) Therapy is also a time commitment. While there are always allowances for the occasional flat tire or being sick, if you find that you are unable to meet at your scheduled time, please communicate that with your therapist. It's their schedule too.
3) While it's helpful to come into therapy with clearly defined goals, it's 100% okay if you don't have any, and just want to talk about what's going on in your life and what you've been through. We are more than happy to help you figure out/discover with you what you hope to accomplish during your sessions with you. Goals change and shift, and that's okay too!