Smita provides her clients a non-judgmental, safe, and caring environment to express, process, and explore their feelings. She has experience working with children, teens, adults, couples, and families, and specializes in treatment of addiction, anxiety disorder, complex trauma/PTSD, relationship issues, low self-esteem, shame/guilt, and depression. Smita’s goal is to instill hope, strength, and resiliency in her clients, and to utilize a holistic approach. She firmly believes that everything one needs to achieve goals is already within themselves—she helps them unlock those attributes so they can be used to create a fulfilling life.
She has worked as a therapist in the LA, Riverside, and San Bernardino county areas for many years in a variety of diverse settings; she also teaches at Northcentral University as an Assistant Professor. Her experience over the years, along with her education, have both helped her develop the understanding that one size doesn’t fit all, so she approaches each client with a focus on their individual needs. Every role she has held drove her to pursue her career and each position and situation has taught her things about herself and about how to help others. Smita has specialized training in EMDR and Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and works in many different modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR, systemic therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness, Integrated Model and Attachment Self-Regulation, etc. Her approach enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
Smita grew up in a small town in India called Almora, and moved to LA in her mid 20s. In her free time, she loves to try out new recipes, take care of her (possibly too many) house plants, and cuddle with her dogs while listening to old songs. She also loves to go hiking and take long walks at the beach with her husband, and she continues to fuel her passion for mental health by teaching and bringing awareness in any way she can.
* MS, Loma Linda University
* Doctorate, Loma Linda University
* Certified, EMDR, CCTP, Drug and Alcohol, Gottman Methods Couples Therapy (Level I), Autism Spectrum Disorder
What makes me unique:
Experience is truly the most powerful, and the only thing, that really sets anybody apart. My experience working with at risk, impressionable youth and adults has brought a unique perspective and attitude that I bring into my work. People are like a sponge to their environment and experiences, and hearing about these experiences has delivered knowledge about the human condition that cannot be learned by reading a textbook. This understanding has led me to value holistic care as a main facet of my practice.
Why do I practice healthcare:
Growing up in rural India came with many emotional challenges, with one major one being the societal taboo nature of mental health. Talking about emotional needs became a sign of weakness or damage. With my practice I aim to overcome this mentality that is so deep rooted within so many people, subconsciously or not; many try to ignore the reality that the consciousness is a real part of health and one’s body.