(You're probably wondering how to say my first name.
It's pronounced "SHOW-ba-na." I'm also happy to be called by
my nickname, Shobhi -- "SHOW-bee.")
I love listening intently to other people, trying to understand them, and helping them clarify their own thoughts and feelings. When I decided to become a psychotherapist, I chose to study clinical social work because of its holistic understanding of human beings. Clinical social workers take a "bio-psycho-social" approach to therapy. That means I consider with each client how thoughts, feelings, physical health, cultural and family influences, spiritual concerns, and life experiences may be connected.
I'm half South Asian and have a particular interest in the experience of first-generation Americans and multicultural families. I have worked with clients from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
I earned my master's degree from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in 1999. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania.
After graduating, I completed a training program in psychodynamic psychotherapy for adults, at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. I also have training and experience in cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and mindfulness-based approaches to therapy.
Several years ago, I discovered a new passion: helping people organize and de-clutter their living spaces. This is not therapy, but it can certainly reduce stress and bring more peace and joy to life!