WORKING WITH ME
 _________

Sessions

I  work with teens and adults interested in gaining a deeper understanding of themselves, their choices, their life and their potential. People seek therapy for many different reasons, and what they hope to gain from our relationship and from therapy varies from person to person. My goal is to honor your hopes and desires for therapy and to facilitate a process that helps you. 

Initially, we will schedule a 15 minute phone call where we can explore your situation and what you hope to get out of our work together. There is no fee for this call. If we feel like we might want to work together, we’ll schedule an initial session. Sessions are generally via Zoom. 

My fee for each 50 minute session is $225. I often have a couple of sliding scale spots available for those who cannot afford my regular fee. I am out of network with insurance companies, but I can provide you with a super-bill that you can submit to your insurance.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

or what I like to call Variable Attention Syndrome

As an ADHDer myself and a mother to two ADHDer young adults who are thriving, I know firsthand about the challenges of being neurodivergent in a neurotypical world. I also know that ADHDers have superpowers of creativity, independence, and an ability to succeed with good support and good systems. There can be trauma from growing up in a culture or academic systems that did not provide needed support. Often ADHDers feel shame for not meeting societal, academic, or familial expectations. I offer a safe space to discuss the complex feelings of shame, anxiety, and depression that can accompany ADHD.
I provide emotional support and can share concrete tools to help you identify your passions and fulfill your enormous potential. I can help you develop more resilience and patience. I share resources and most importantly I understand your neurodivergent brain and heart.
If you are a parent or spouse of an ADHDer, I can help you process any feelings of frustration, overwhelm, and bewilderment you may experience. I can also help you find a way of communicating more effectively with your beloved ADHDer.

Loss and Grief

Early in my career, I worked at Our House, leading groups for grieving widows, widowers, and children. I learned to hold space for people who were experiencing profound loss and it still feels like a privilege to do so. I understand the myriad of ways that people cope with loss. I understand the sadness, anger, guilt, shock, anxiety, and depression that are all common responses to grief and I provide a safe space to express all that you feel. If you are grieving the death of a loved one, I offer you compassionate support, guidance, and coping strategies.

Emotional Support For Serious Medical Conditions

Receiving a serious medical diagnosis and undergoing treatment for a medical condition are amongst the most profound experiences in life. Patients often experience shock, fear, anxiety, depression and grief when they discover they are ill. Many patients  have a difficult time processing the plethora of medical information and they may feel overwhelmed by the numerous decisions required of them. During this time it’s beneficial for patients and their loved ones to have emotional support from an experienced psychotherapist who can help them process intense feelings and develop a sense of resiliency.

Services I Offer

During individual therapy sessions, I offer support, empathy and a safe space for you to express all of the thoughts and feelings that you are experiencing. Understanding and processing your feelings can help you develop resiliency and find ways to adapt to your circumstances. I can provide you with coping tools and strategies that help you manage stress and uncertainty. These strategies can include relaxation techniques, mindfulness practices, and stress-reduction methods, such as EFT Tapping–all practices that I have taught for nearly two decades.

Severe medical diagnoses affect not only the patient but also their loved ones. I can help you navigate shifting family dynamics that may arise as those who love you process the changes in your health and the new roles they may need to assume. I can help you find ways to communicate your needs and preferences to those involved in your care.

Emotional Support For Aesthetic Surgery Patients

While aesthetic surgery is an exciting process, it’s common for patients to experience some doubt and complicated feelings leading up to the big day, and during the days and weeks after a procedure.

The best outcomes occur when patients are well prepared physically and mentally. It’s beneficial to have the emotional support of an experienced psychotherapist who can help patients understand and process their feelings. Even when surgery is an unmitigated success, patients may experience periods of disappointment and sadness.


Services I Offer

Prior to surgery, I offer sessions to explore your expectations about how the changes in your appearance will improve your life, your history and what motivated you to have this particular type of surgery, how you feel physically and emotionally in the days leading up to the surgery and any concerns or fears you may have about anesthesia and surgery.

After surgery, I offer emotional support and guidance as you heal and integrate the changes to your appearance. Clients often experience a shift in their self perceptions, identity and relationships and during our sessions I offer a safe place to discuss the range of feeling and emotions that arise.

Many medical studies have demonstrated that when a patient has good post-operative support, they heal faster and have a better outcome.


Life Transitions 

Often people seek therapy because they feel dissatisfied with their life and want to make a change. Sometimes there is a major life transition happening—leaving home for college, wanting to change jobs or careers, the end of a significant relationship, becoming an “empty nester.” Life transitions or the desire for significant change can be scary and disorienting. It is helpful to explore feelings and also the practical issues around making big changes. I can offer guidance and support as you explore new terrain.

Crisis Support

Sudden or ongoing traumatic events can feel overwhelming. Whether you have recently received a life-altering medical diagnosis or treatment, have experienced violence, or are undergoing high levels of stress due to another situation, I can offer you support. During a crisis or traumatic event (past or ongoing), our sense of self and place in the world changes. This shift in identity can make us feel depressed, angry, and disoriented. I can help you develop better coping skills, offer stress-reducing techniques, and guide you toward the best supplemental resources for your situation.

Loss and Grief

Early in my career, I worked at Our House, leading groups for grieving widows, widowers, and children. I learned to hold space for people who were experiencing profound loss and it still feels like a privilege to do so. I understand the myriad of ways that people cope with loss. I understand the sadness, anger, guilt, shock, anxiety, and depression that are all common responses to grief and I provide a safe space to express all that you feel. If you are grieving the death of a loved one, I offer you compassionate support, guidance, and coping strategies.

Mindfulness

I believe that outside of therapy sessions, people who implement daily mindfulness practices accelerate their self-awareness and expand their hearts. For those who are open to supplemental healing modalities, I encourage supplemental healing modalities which reduce stress and anxiety and are grounding. They benefit us and those in our lives. There is a plethora of helpful practices that can match any individual’s specific nature; some people enjoy yoga and meditation, others might be attracted to tai chi, or gardening. 

I am a certified yoga and meditation teacher. Mindfulness practices have been an integral part of my own healing and sense of fulfillment. Spiritual life is at the core of who I am and all that I do. 

Workshops

Several times a year, I offer in-person workshops for professionals. While the workshops are informed by my experience as a therapist, they are not therapy. They are usually a combination of discussion, pragmatic exercises, and community building. For example, a workshop agenda might include introductions and trust building, a short mindfulness practice, group discussion, writing time, and smaller group breakout sessions to share your ideas and get any desired feedback. The workshop might culminate in a hike. 

Please check back for information about upcoming workshops. 

Booking a Session

I offer all potential clients a free 15 minute consultation phone call or video meeting to discuss your issues and goals and to determine if we are a good fit. To schedule this free consultation email Sahaja @ SahajaPsychotherapy.com or call 310-570-7429.

WORKING WITH ME
 _________

Sessions

I  work with teens and adults interested in gaining a deeper understanding of themselves, their choices, their life and their potential. People seek therapy for many different reasons, and what they hope to gain from our relationship and from therapy varies from person to person. My goal is to honor your hopes and desires for therapy and to facilitate a process that helps you. 

Initially, we will schedule a 15 minute phone call where we can explore your situation and what you hope to get out of our work together. There is no fee for this call. If we feel like we might want to work together, we’ll schedule an initial session. Sessions are generally via Zoom. 

My fee for each 50 minute session is $250. I often have a couple of sliding scale spots available for those who cannot afford my regular fee. I am out of network with insurance companies, but I can provide you with a super-bill that you can submit to your insurance.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

or what I like to call Variable Attention Syndrome

As an ADHDer myself and a mother to two ADHDer young adults who are thriving, I know firsthand about the challenges of being neurodivergent in a neurotypical world. I also know that ADHDers have superpowers of creativity, independence, and an ability to succeed with good support and good systems. There can be trauma from growing up in a culture or academic systems that did not provide needed support. Often ADHDers feel shame for not meeting societal, academic, or familial expectations. I offer a safe space to discuss the complex feelings of shame, anxiety, and depression that can accompany ADHD.
I provide emotional support and can share concrete tools to help you identify your passions and fulfill your enormous potential. I can help you develop more resilience and patience. I share resources and most importantly I understand your neurodivergent brain and heart.
If you are a parent or spouse of an ADHDer, I can help you process any feelings of frustration, overwhelm, and bewilderment you may experience. I can also help you find a way of communicating more effectively with your beloved ADHDer.

Loss and Grief

Early in my career, I worked at Our House, leading groups for grieving widows, widowers, and children. I learned to hold space for people who were experiencing profound loss and it still feels like a privilege to do so. I understand the myriad of ways that people cope with loss. I understand the sadness, anger, guilt, shock, anxiety, and depression that are all common responses to grief and I provide a safe space to express all that you feel. If you are grieving the death of a loved one, I offer you compassionate support, guidance, and coping strategies.

Emotional Support For Serious Medical Conditions

Receiving a serious medical diagnosis and undergoing treatment for a medical condition are amongst the most profound experiences in life. Patients often experience shock, fear, anxiety, depression and grief when they discover they are ill. Many patients  have a difficult time processing the plethora of medical information and they may feel overwhelmed by the numerous decisions required of them. During this time it’s beneficial for patients and their loved ones to have emotional support from an experienced psychotherapist who can help them process intense feelings and develop a sense of resiliency.

Services I Offer

During individual therapy sessions, I offer support, empathy and a safe space for you to express all of the thoughts and feelings that you are experiencing. Understanding and processing your feelings can help you develop resiliency and find ways to adapt to your circumstances. I can provide you with coping tools and strategies that help you manage stress and uncertainty. These strategies can include relaxation techniques, mindfulness practices, and stress-reduction methods, such as EFT Tapping–all practices that I have taught for nearly two decades.

Severe medical diagnoses affect not only the patient but also their loved ones. I can help you navigate shifting family dynamics that may arise as those who love you process the changes in your health and the new roles they may need to assume. I can help you find ways to communicate your needs and preferences to those involved in your care.

Emotional Support For Aesthetic Surgery Patients

While aesthetic surgery is an exciting process, it’s common for patients to experience some doubt and complicated feelings leading up to the big day, and during the days and weeks after a procedure.

The best outcomes occur when patients are well prepared physically and mentally. It’s beneficial to have the emotional support of an experienced psychotherapist who can help patients understand and process their feelings. Even when surgery is an unmitigated success, patients may experience periods of disappointment and sadness.


Services I Offer

Prior to surgery, I offer sessions to explore your expectations about how the changes in your appearance will improve your life, your history and what motivated you to have this particular type of surgery, how you feel physically and emotionally in the days leading up to the surgery and any concerns or fears you may have about anesthesia and surgery.

After surgery, I offer emotional support and guidance as you heal and integrate the changes to your appearance. Clients often experience a shift in their self perceptions, identity and relationships and during our sessions I offer a safe place to discuss the range of feeling and emotions that arise.

Many medical studies have demonstrated that when a patient has good post-operative support, they heal faster and have a better outcome.

 

Life Transitions 

Often people seek therapy because they feel dissatisfied with their life and want to make a change. Sometimes there is a major life transition happening—leaving home for college, wanting to change jobs or careers, the end of a significant relationship, becoming an “empty nester.” Life transitions or the desire for significant change can be scary and disorienting. It is helpful to explore feelings and also the practical issues around making big changes. I can offer guidance and support as you explore new terrain.

Crisis Support

Sudden or ongoing traumatic events can feel overwhelming. Whether you have recently received a life-altering medical diagnosis or treatment, have experienced violence, or are undergoing high levels of stress due to another situation, I can offer you support. During a crisis or traumatic event (past or ongoing), our sense of self and place in the world changes. This shift in identity can make us feel depressed, angry, and disoriented. I can help you develop better coping skills, offer stress-reducing techniques, and guide you toward the best supplemental resources for your situation.

Loss and Grief

Early in my career, I worked at Our House, leading groups for grieving widows, widowers and children. I learned to hold space for people who were experiencing profound loss and it still feels like a privilege to do so. I understand the myriad of ways that people cope with loss. I understand the sadness, anger, guilt, shock, anxiety, and depression that are all common responses to grief and I provide a safe space to express all that you feel. If you are grieving the death of a loved one, I offer you compassionate support, guidance, and coping strategies.

Mindfulness

I believe that outside of therapy sessions, people who implement daily mindfulness practices accelerate their self-awareness and expand their hearts. For those who are open to supplemental healing modalities, I encourage supplemental healing modalities which reduce stress, anxiety and are grounding. They benefit us and those in our lives. There is a plethora of helpful practices that can match any individual’s specific nature; some people enjoy yoga and meditation, others might be attracted to tai chi, or gardening. 

I am a certified yoga and meditation teacher. Mindfulness practices have been an integral part of my own healing and sense of fulfillment. Spiritual life is at the core of who I am and all that I do. 

Workshops

Several times a year, I offer in-person workshops for professionals. While the workshops are informed by my experience as a therapist, they are not therapy. They are usually a combination of discussion, pragmatic exercises and community building. For example, a workshop agenda might include introductions and trust building, a short mindfulness practice, group discussion, writing time, smaller group breakout sessions to share your ideas and get any desired feedback. The workshop might culminate in a hike. 

Please check back for information about upcoming workshops. 

Booking a Session

I offer all potential clients a free 15 minute consultation phone call or video meeting to discuss your issues and goals and to determine if we are a good fit. To schedule this free consultation email Sahaja @ SahajaPsychotherapy.com or call 310-570-7429.