Priyanka Pathak, MSW
Individual, Couples, and Family Therapist
Hey there. I’m Priyanka. I’m here for you whenever you’re ready. I help people dealing with difficult relationship dynamics, seeking a sense of rootedness in their identities, and navigating mental health challenges. I offer strengths-based, trauma-informed psychotherapy, that integrates my clients’ marginalized identities – such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and/or religion.
Language: English, Hindi, Urdu
Sliding Scale: Available
Insurance: Cigna in-network & can provide superbill for PPO plans
Accepting New Clients: Yes
- Anxiety & Stress Management
- BIPOC & Asian American Experience
- Navigating Cultural, Gender & Religious Expectations
- Trauma & PTSD
Time to Give Therapy a Shot
These days, it seems like everyone and everything around us is moving on and moving fast toward the next big thing. It’s great when we feel in sync with the seemingly collective momentum forward, but there are times when we feel disconnected – just going through the motions – because something feels very wrong. Internal obstacles emerge and interfere in our lives in ways we just cannot ignore. Some of us lug around emotions from old, heavy memories that seem to overshadow our day-to-day activities. Some of us may be tethered to stubborn worries, doubts, and fears that meddle in our intimate relationships and/or our professional lives. There are also those of us who just don’t know why we feel so uncomfortable, even when things seem to be going fine. Perhaps you have reached a point when your go-to strategies haven’t been enough, so that’s why you’re ready to give therapy a shot. Welcome. I’m really glad you’re here.
Working with Me
Therapy sessions with me are all about taking time to identify and meet your needs. I can listen and share the burden with you. If there is a particular problem you need to solve, we could approach it together. I aim to provide you with warmth, emotional safety, acceptance, and a sense of empowerment. I want to understand where you’re coming from, what you’re dealing with, and how you envision your growth. I am able to work with you on a variety of challenges – from dealing with mental health symptoms to addressing difficult relationship dynamics. I help clients with letting go of what is holding them back, changing their habitual ways of thinking and/or behaving, and accepting the unchangeable.
I would be most helpful to individuals who want to have a healthier relationship with themselves, as well as people in relationships who are ready to work toward resolutions. My ideal clients value taking responsibility for their own actions, gaining insight about themselves, and are open to incorporating new skills into their lives.
As a South Asian therapist, I help couples and families resolve troubling dynamics with cultural sensitivity and compassion. In therapy, my clients learn to understand the relational patterns that may keep them stuck, manage distressing emotions and thoughts, learn communication and problem solving skills, set healthier boundaries, and identify unsaid expectations such as gender roles. Ultimately empowering them to build a healthier relationship with themselves and their loved ones.
Therapy for Asian, South Asian American and BIPOC Folks
Our journeys and interactions with mainstream society and its systems can take a toll on our mental health. Our experiences can vary greatly depending on our intersectional identities. My hope is that by doing my own work to learn and to relate to clients, our therapy sessions more quickly get to where you want to go. While listening to your story, I may draw on my own learnings about diverse Asian and BIPOC experiences as a life-long learner and community member. Additionally, I may draw on my personal experiences that I may have in common with you. To give a few examples: I know what it’s like to struggle with the seemingly impossible gender expectations of family, religious community, and mainstream society. I am intimately familiar with feeling othered, misunderstood, and misrepresented based on misconceptions about my identity or presumed identity. I recognize the pain felt by families chiseled apart by the immigration system. Having worn different professional hats allows me to empathize with women of color in various careers.
Therapy to Address Difficulties with Cultural and/or Religious Expectations
I help my clients build a healthy sense of self – a more rooted sense of identity. While the continued survival of our ancient traditions after European colonization and examples of success in the global diaspora speak volumes about our strengths, it is important to recognize that some of us might be feeling high levels of distress and dissatisfaction within ourselves and/or our close relationships. Unattainable expectations can make it hard to fully accept ourselves or our loved ones, pursue our dreams, or feel like we belong in our intimate circles. Many of us grow up struggling with conflicting expectations from mainstream institutions, our elders, our religious communities, and our ethnic traditions. Certain cultural and/or religious expectations, especially related to gender and gender identity can cause us to shut down or hide our true magnificent selves. Therefore, I focus my therapy on helping clients who struggle with cultural and/or religious expectations resolve their inner and interpersonal conflicts so they can harmoniously integrate their values and embrace their authentic selves.
Therapy for Anxiety & Depression
Depression and anxiety may start out so small that you don’t even realize them, but suddenly they are taking over your life and you feel entirely overwhelmed and unable to live your life the way you want. You may feel uncertain just how to get through your normal daily life and even be unsure just when it really started. Or perhaps you feel anxiety in certain situations but want to be able to experience entirely new things without that anxiety.
Through this type of therapy we will look at the root cause of your depression and anxiety and work on coping mechanisms and skills for overcoming your experiences and rebuilding the life you want. We will look at methods of bypassing your current level of anxiety and coping mechanisms for the future if you find yourself experiencing similar feelings again.
Therapy can help you take back control of your life.
You don’t have to live a life that feels like never ending cycles of stuck-ness, busy-ness, chaos, or survival. Life can be beyond the unhealthy patterns.
I can help you. I will provide support and guide you to find the way out of the maze of our lives. Whether it means reducing stress by learning coping and problem solving skills, setting better boundaries in relationships and work, to develop deeper connections with loved ones, or to find clarity in your life directions.
I help teens and adults resolve interpersonal & family conflict so they can start building healthier relationships with themselves and their loved ones.
Lack of communication skills in relationships, intergenerational issues or trauma, unhealthy or abusive relationship dynamics, mental health issues that are not being treated, bi- or multi- cultural expectations that may have not been met or resolved can be some of the reasons for interpersonal or family relationship conflicts. These conflicts can be between intimate partners/spouses, parents and adult children, and other family-like close relationships.
All of the issues can lead to enormous pain and stuck unhealthy relationship patterns.
My approach is strength-based, empathetic, and relational
I work to make each of my clients feel heard, understood, and safe from the very first session. From there, we develop an environment that is soothing , supportive, and empowering. Through this process, the client is able to feel more comfortable with the therapy, and we are able to set clear, collaborative goals to gauge their progress going forward.
We will look for the unconscious meanings behind these thought patterns and how they have developed over time in order to reduce negative patterns and create new, positive ways of thinking. We will work collaboratively to build upon your strength and help you find the solutions for your life. Whether it means learning new communication, management, or healthy coping skills, we will set and move toward achieving goals that match your values and desires. You will also gain problem solving skills that you will be able to bring into other aspects of your life. In the end, you will be creating a better life vision for yourself and your relationships.
Life is a beautiful experience that we must seek to enjoy to the fullest, which is why I am here to help you see the positive in any circumstance you find yourself in.
Life can be challenging trying to navigate difficult relationships, workplace, to work your way through anxiety and depression, or to heal from your past trauma and abuse. But you do not have to do it alone.
I am here to help you delve into the thoughts and emotions that have overtaken you up to this point. And more than that, I am here to help you understand those thoughts and emotions, and find coping and solutions to your problems.
Work with me, and we will work through your struggles to create the life that you deserve.
Schedule a session with me today!
Registered California Board of Behavioral Sciences Number: ACSW 105636
Supervised by Nadia Islam, PhD, LCSW 24725