Hi! Sharmista here. Thank you for checking out my profile!

I hope reading about me will help you figure out whether you’d like for us to work together. I am also happy to offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to determine if we would be a good match for each other.

I am a fully licensed social worker, and I aim to provide an emphatically supportive atmosphere, where you can confidently feel at ease and begin to look at the situation from a fresh, new perspective. My intentions are to bring my full knowledge, care, and compassion to my work as we work collaboratively to build a strong relationship, ensure your strengths are realized, stressors are managed, goals are achieved, and methods of facing future adversities are learned. I love utilizing a holistic and integrative approach to psychotherapy where I use evidence-based models in my mental health services.

I welcome clients from all gender identities, sexual identities, and religious/spiritual orientations. I truly appreciate the complexity that has led clients to our office, and I find it such a privilege and honor to hear and to hold people’s stories with them.

Specialties

  • Adolescents coping with anxiety, depression, ADHD, self-critical thoughts, and perfectionism
  • Adults with anxiety, ADHD, peer/family issues, racial identity, and chronic stress from work-life balance
  • Minority populations wanting to work on forming their racial identity

What is your favorite quote?

“For what it’s worth… it’s never too late or too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Treatment Approach

CBT, Compassion Focused, Culturally Sensitive, Emotionally Focused, Feminist, Motivational Interviewing, Multicultural, Person-Centered, Psychodynamic, Strength-Based, Play Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT

Education

  • B.A. Neuroscience and Psychology – University of Iowa
  • M.S.W. Clinical Social Work – University of Michigan

What do you love doing more than anything in the world?

Laughing; Research has shown that it can often be the best medicine!

What is the self-care strategy you use most often?

Guided Breathing and Progressive Muscle Relaxation – When there is the time and place, however, taking the time to sit or walk in silence midst the nature or by the water gives my mind and body a sense of rejuvenation.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightly and Matthew MacFadyen

What are your pronouns? – She/Her/Hers

Why did you decide to become a mental health professional?
Giving back what someone gave me was the primary reason.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
That I get to meet people from various demographics well knowing that mental health does not discriminate.

What is your ultimate wish for every client?
I hope you see yourself with the same value that I see in you.

What is your favorite quote?
“‘For what it’s worth… it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit.”

Who is someone who inspires you?
My grandfather

What is your favorite self-help book?
Hard to choose, but Malcolm Gladwell has done some incredible works!

Who is your ideal client?
Women ages 11-60, Adolescents with Self Esteem Concerns, Anxiety

Which conditions do you most enjoy treating?
Anxiety, Intergenerational Trauma, Neurodiversity

What modalities do you love implementing as a therapist?
CBT, Rogarian, Psychodynamic