Congratulations! Just by thinking about making a change in your life, your journey to living a fully empowered and authentic life has already begun. You are an expert of yourself and your family. Allow me to step in as an expert in self-development, creating emotional well-being, and achieving optimal mental health. Blending conventional and complimentary approaches, I draw on a variety of styles and techniques to facilitate bridging the gap between where you are and where you desire to be.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Michigan and Texas and have over 19 years of experience. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University in 1980 and my Master of Arts degree from Oakland University in 2002. Additionally, I am a certified yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance which allows me to draw from the ancient practice and wisdom, which dates back over 4000 years, to help clients move into a balanced emotional, mental, and physical state of equanimity and self-awareness.
I view therapy as a process by which I facilitate my clients in exploration, clarification, and identification of their needs and help them to make changes in behaviors and cognitions. Therapy is a safe place to explore reactions, thoughts, and feelings about people in your life as well as yourself. It allows you the opportunity to practice new ways of interacting and when ready, to try these in other relationships. With an enhanced sense of self-understanding and acceptance, you are able to replace limiting beliefs you have learned and inherited with a new self-empowering perspective and create a breakthrough from surviving to thriving.
I utilize the multi-modal and holistic approach which integrates person-centered, cognitive behavioral, existential, psychodynamic, Gestalt, mindfulness and solution-focused models to meet your specific and unique needs. Relying on research, I integrate an array of therapeutic interventions that will yield optimum results. I work with a wide range of life challenges and psychological issues including mood disorders, anxiety, depression, stress and anger management, trauma, grief and loss, life transitions, relationship challenges, addictions, domestic violence, parenting, divorce, crisis intervention, and personality disorders. My clients include families, couples, teens, individuals and groups.
I look forward to working with you!
You are not a drop in the ocean,
you are the entire ocean in a single drop. ~ Rumi ~
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Imago Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
MI LPC 6401008442
TX LPC 87266
I am so grateful to have Raj as a therapist. She is very insightful, which demonstrates her ability to truly listen and try to best understand her clients, while also being able to discern when is the appropriate time for her to share her thoughts in addition to listening. She has always been able to meet me where I am at. If I am wanting a more lighthearted session, she is able to offer that. If I am needing a session to be more serious, she is ready to hold space for that as well. I also really benefit from the times where she is able to discuss what she has learned from her education, and she references data that has been researched and peer reviewed (so that I can look into these topics on my own time). Her approach is very balanced between having a "clinical" background, and also being someone who is real and personable. If I am going to be fully honest, she is the best therapist I have ever had. We live in different countries, so I am grateful for the opportunity to have been connected with her, and I could not have had this opportunity without using Betterhelp.
Written on Aug 25, 2023 after therapy with Raj for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Raj has a refreshingly pragmatic approach to any issues that we discuss in session. Her systematic approach, professionalism, and ability to deal with any situations has significantly helped me over the past year I've spent with her.
Written on Apr 12, 2023 after therapy with Raj for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Raj's practice has been transformative - she is insightful, empathetic and tactful, able to see where you are and then break down how to get you where you need to be. If you're able to open up, she will get to the core and help you build upwards - her work in IFS is particularly stunning. A year ago, I couldn't get through a single session without crying, and it sure felt as though my life was a mess. Now every session feels like a powerful sense of discovery, and frankly, from my career to my romantic life, everything feels like it's turned for the better, if not the best! You find yourself out in the world, so to change your world, the best thing you can do is to improve yourself. And the best person to help yourself improve in my estimation is Raj.
Written on Mar 07, 2023 after therapy with Raj for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem
I'm very happy how Raj support me from the other side of the world. I feel supported and I can ask her help when I'm in difficult situation. I'm so greatful that I can Raj's support.
Written on Aug 21, 2022 after therapy with Raj for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, and self esteem
Written on Jul 15, 2022 after therapy with Raj for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Raj is knowledgeable, helpful and always steers me in the right direction. She is nothing short of amazing.
Written on Jul 03, 2022 after therapy with Raj for 7 months on issues concerning coping with life changes