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About Padma

 

"I'm here for you". These four words are the most important words in my life. They are also the most important words that guide my work with you.

In essence, they represent to me everything about the human experience, that we are both an independent being and an interdependent being. In other words, we need each other, to survive and thrive. John Bowlby (1907-1990), in A Secure Base, suggests that the need for connection with other human beings is an innate not a learned behavior. In other words, it is natural. We are biologically hard-wired for connection. We are learning more in the latter half the 1990s with the work of Daniel Siegal, MD and Alan Shore, PhD that not only does attachment help us feel safe psychologically, it has countless physical benefits. Hence the term, the science of attachment.  Thus, it is our relationship that is the most important part of our working together. I provide you the safety and support to explore the challenges you are going through right now.

My path to this important work came through the energy-based healing arts and my life-long meditative/contemplative study and practice of Advaita Vedanta and Vipassana. It wasn't until I arrived at the doorstep of the Soto Zen tradition I felt I had found my home. Under the direction and inspiration of Roshi Paul Genki Kahn of Zen Garland (formerly High Mountain Crystal Lake Zen Center), I became inspired to have a direct experience of what is. I no longer was satisfied about reading about it, I wanted a direct experience of it. And thus my practice of zazen (sitting for the sake of sitting) began.

I practice within the psychoanalytical/psychodynamic framework drawing on my training from The Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in New York City. I draw on the works of Ronald Fairbairn, Melanie Klein, Donald Winnicott, John Bowlby, James Masterson, Margaret Mahler, Harry Guntrip, Jr. and other British and American Object Relations theorists. This approach will help you gain insight from your past and make changes in your present and future.

I am trained in mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have extensive experience in various settings including my private practice, Princeton House Behavioral Health and Gen Psych, PC treating mental health and substance use disorders. I work with adults (18+) and will collaborate with you to gain both insight and coping skills.

The philosophy of healing the whole person on an individual and systemic level continues to influence my work. My core practice is mindfulness, the art of paying attention to your thoughts, feelings and body sensations in the moment. Along with a focus on awakening compassion for Self and others, mindfulness gives us the courage to approach and tolerate that which is painful, uncomfortable and unpleasant. Rooted in thousands of years of tradition and practice, mindfulness is the newest approach in counseling and psychotherapy that enrich and deepen the existing models of cognitive and behavioral therapies.

Scientific research continues to demonstrate the effectiveness of integrating mindfulness-based practices with traditional approaches. Along with these cutting-edge  tools, I offer you an interactive, relational approach to our working together. Our relationship is the backdrop in which healing and recovery occurs. A coming home to Self occurs and when it does, we move with ease and joy in our lives. This to me is the true purpose of healing. 

My office is conveniently located in Hoboken, NJ three blocks from the Hoboken PATH station. There is ample paid parking across the street, handicapped accessibility and local bus service.

I am a New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor and participate in ongoing consultation, collaboration and mentorship to both beginning and seasoned therapists.

I am licensed in the State of New Jersey by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners as a Licensed Professional Counselor, License Number 37PC00475. Pending licensure as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) from the State of New Jersey Office of the Attorney General Division of Consumer Affairs, Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee.

I hold a Masters (M.A.) and an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Counseling from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. I also hold a Master Degree (M.A.) in International Relations/African Area Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A) in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA.

I have professional memberships and involvement in the New Jersey Counseling Association (NJCA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), South Asian Mental Health Awareness in Jersey (SAMHAJ), South Asian Lesbian Gay Alliance (SALGA) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, New Jersey (NAMI NJ).

In addition to my practice of psychotherapy, I am a lifelong pursuer of the creative process in my work as a poet. My hobbies include international travel, fashion, exploring different cuisines and cultures, listening to music (blues, jazz, punk and rock) and supporting other artists in their creative process. 

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