I am a licensed therapist and approved supervisor in the state of Washington. The fancy acronyms after my name stand for 'Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker' (LICSW) and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S). They just qualify me to do what I love to do, which is to support young children and their caregivers through emotional distress and to help them strengthen their special bond.
For over 10 years, I have worked in various agency settings with children, adults and families providing therapy and case management to support their emotional health and self-sufficiency. I have worked with adults and children who have experienced domestic violence, poverty and homelessness. I have experience working at a highly multicultural school setting providing play therapy services to children in distress, and parenting support to caregivers. My diverse experiences have equipped me well to help children and families with a variety of issues.
I bring qualities of non-judgment, compassion and cultural-sensitivity to children and families I work with. My style is warm and engaging. In my work I also draw on my personal experiences as a neurodivergent parent, person of color and immigrant in the US. I find it important to acknowledge systemic forces of oppression that impact children, adults and families in many ways and do not assume that holistic personal change can be achieved without social change. When possible, I seek to help families advocate for their needs through for example, school collaborations or referrals to additional support services.
When I'm not playing at work, I play at home - I love to sing, dance, spend time in nature with my pup Coco and I try desperately to win my son at wrestling and to master his Minecraft lessons (try, being the operative word).
Education and Professional Qualifications
2020: Qualified as 'Certified Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor'
2019: Qualified by Assoc. for Play Therapy as Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S)
2015: Certificate in Music Therapy, by the Chennai School of Music Therapy, India.
2014: Approved by WA State as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) (License#: LW60409142)
2013: Qualified as Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS)
2013: Qualified as Mental Health Professional (MHP)
2008: Graduated from University of Washington with Master’s in Social Work (MSW)
Member, WA. State Society for Clinical Social Workers (WSSCSW)
Member (and ex-Board Member), WA Association for Play Therapy (WA-APT)
Two Indian languages, Hindi and Tamil.