Areas of Experience
Vidya is an experienced therapist with experience and understanding in many areas. Here are some conditions and diagnoses that she has worked with and continues to work with:
4) LGBT individuals
5) Relationship Issues
6) Ethnic Minority Mental Health
7) Clinical Consultations and Trainings
8) OCD Treatment
1) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
2) Cultural Framework
3) Systems Therapy (E.g: Family Therapy, Couples Therapy)
CBT is the most evidence-based modality in helping work through depression, anxiety and substance-use related problems. When symptoms are rooted in the interactional family dynamics, systems therapy combined with CBT and supported by object-relations theory is the most effective treatment modality in helping individuals understand their role in maintaining the tension in relationships. takeDBT is another approach that is useful in treating many challenges. Mindful breathing and guided imagery help a person to shift the focus from unpleasant thoughts and away from distress to help the brain heal. When a person's culture influences the way problems impact an individual, mainstream models are not sufficient and require deeper understanding of the dynamics of culture and how it shapes one's personality. Since each of us form part of something bigger than us such as a family, workplace, friend circle, congregation etc. it is important to understand how these systems influence our behavior, thoughts, feelings, emotions and finally mood. Vidya was a member of ASCH (American Society of Clinical Hypnosis from 2007 to 2015 and attended up to 100 hours of training and may utilize s ome of these approaches when seen useful.
Vidya has worked with many clients from different cultures. Her knowledge is derived from her ongoing engagement in trainings, and her twenty-five plus years of experience. She provides ethnic minority mental health consults for clinicians working at many area community mental health centers.