As far as I can remember, I’ve wanted to help people and alleviate suffering. I was born in India and exposed to a variety of Eastern philosophies such as yoga, meditation, and holistic healing at a very young age. When I left India with my family, I also left behind these ancient wisdom practices. Growing up in the West provided many opportunities to succeed in life, however, I found myself struggling with insecurity and anxiety, which led to years of dysfunctional relationships, trauma, depression, and shame. As much as I tried to succeed in life, my self-critical mind convinced me that I was not good enough. Therefore, nothing I did was ever “enough”.
To better understand my own suffering, I began my academic journey and earned an Undergraduate degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Counseling, an additional Master’s degree in Psychology and a Doctorate (PhD) in Clinical Psychology. Eventually, I returned to my roots and began to research and practice mindfulness. I learned that our thoughts are often the root cause of our personal suffering. They not only affect our mental and physical health, but also impact the level of happiness or peace we are able to experience. Most of us, regardless of our intellect or education, are never taught how to manage or control our thoughts. Through mindfulness we can learn to observe our thoughts, feel our emotions with non-judgement and intelligently respond, rather than impulsively react to life.
If you can relate to my story, I want you to know that there is hope. Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. Whether you’re struggling with depression or experiencing challenging relationships, you’re not alone. I’ve been there and have helped hundreds of people manage anxiety, work through anger, cultivate forgiveness and release negative self-talk. Through my own personal experiences and extensive education and training, I can show you how to create lasting change in your life and experience true freedom.