I am a licensed Counselling Psychologist , with over 25 years of clinical experience in the field of Mental Health, Counselling, training, teaching and supervision.
I graduated as a Psychologist with a Post Masters Degree (CAGS) specializing in Multicultural Counselling from the world-renowned and prestigious Johns Hopkins University in the United States and following on served as a Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Counselling at Johns Hopkins for 7 years.
I am an American of Indian-origin, born in Malaysia and spent my childhood there before moving to India where I spent most of my formative years. I have lived and worked in Public and Private Settings as a Psychologist in the US, India, Dubai and Singapore.
Currently I serve as a licensed Psychologist in Dubai and have been practicing in Dubai for over 10 years. In these past years in Dubai, I have served as a Psychologist in Dubai Health Care City and in a community mental health clinic in Jumeira. In these positions, I provided Individual, Couple and Family therapy on various mental health and life issues to a diverse range of multicultural clients. I have worked as a referral provider for several corporate and work place institutions in the UAE for their EAP programs. In addition, due to my passion to serve the under privileged, I continue to provide therapeutic services to Indian citizens who cannot afford psychological services under the Crisis Prevention Program (CPP) that I helped to establish under the patronage of the Indian Consulate, Dubai (a first time initiative in the history of Indian missions across the world) for the past ten years. Concurrently, I also offer counselling services at Pravasi Bharathiya Sahayak Kendra (PBSK), a Government of India, and Ministry of External affairs initiative.
I served as a Counselling Psychologist in a reputed Psychological Clinic in Orchard Road. I provided individual, couple and family therapy to a very diverse range of multicultural clients. During her time in Singapore, also served as a Faculty Associate in the Department of Counselling at James Cook University, Singapore.
In the United States,
I served as the Program Manager for Refugee Mental Health Program and successfully managed several National/State level projects on community mental health and refugee mental health. I have a special expertise in the area of Refugee Mental Health and have conducted several training / workshops for mental health and refugee service providers across the United States. I have contributed to publications on Refugee mental health and a cross-cultural health care booklet for health care providers working with Refugee and immigrant communities.
Over the 10 years I worked in the USA, I served as a bilingual therapist working on a diverse range of mental health issues related to adult, family and youth. I also served as the Director of Graduate Internship Field Training (GIFT) program at the reputed Centre for Multicultural Human Services (CMHS) in the Washington Metropolitan area, USA. In this role, provided program management, training, supervision and served as the liaison with University internship programs for Psychology, Counselling, Social work and Public Health.
Concurrently, due to my deep interest in teaching and research I served as faculty at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Counselling where I taught a graduate level class on “Cross Cultural Counselling: - Issues and interventions”, a mandated course for licensure for over 7 consecutive years for the School Counselling, Applied Behavioural Counseling and Organizational Counseling track.
My Educational Qualifications
Post Masters (CAGS- Multicultural Counseling), Johns Hopkins University, USA
MS (Psychology), Radford University, USA
BA (Psychology), Presidency College, University of Madras, Chennai, India
License Number – CDA-PL-0001132
Community Development Authority , Dubai
MY Professional Memberships
American Counseling Association (ACA),
American Psychological Association (APA)
American Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
International Association of Marriage and Family Counseling (IAMFC)
I speak fluent English, Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi