Raina Wadhawan is a licensed psychotherapist and counsellor based in New York specializing in women’s issues, intersection of gender, racial and cultural identities, anxiety, self-esteem, depression and life transitions. Raina Wadhawan earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College, and holds a Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling as well as Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University.
She is a mental health counsellor based in New York City doing her practice in private. Wadhawan has noticed an increase in clients specifically seeking grief counselling to process “multiple, complex losses” they’ve experienced throughout the pandemic. She explained that people are mourning not only the deaths of their loved ones, but the loss of their careers and even the sense of normalcy they had prior to the beginning of the pandemic.
As a first-generation, South Asian women of color therapist, She attends to issues surrounding power dynamics, racial oppression and social privilege. She is able to relate to the challenges that women of minority backgrounds experience. Raina is passionate about working with women of color to identify ways they can develop coping strategies, create positive change, and enhance their inner strengths.
Raina Wadhawan Therapy:
Raina views therapy as an act of courage and an opportunity for personal growth and healing. Although making the first step towards change can be intimidating, She has a deep respect for the vulnerability it takes to start the process.
Her approach to therapy is empathic and collaborative. She will work to bring your body and mind into the room to find a greater sense of agency and autonomy. She will work with you to uncover your personal story by deepening insight into idiosyncratic patterns of thinking and behaving we all have, and identify healthy coping mechanisms. Guided by cultural perspective, She works with clients to address emotional challenges around identity, relationships, life transitions, trauma, grief and loss.
Her practice includes the following:
- Provide Individual psychotherapy services to a caseload of 25 clients, clinical assessments, and treatment planning to a diverse ethno-cultural and racial backgrounds caseload with varying mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, personality disorders, relational difficulties, trauma, self-esteem, and financial stress.
- Prepare all required progress notes, treatment plans, and reports while maintaining confidentiality.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate treatment plans and clients’ progress toward defined treatment goals and adjusting objectives as appropriate to evaluate effectiveness of counselling process.
- Collaborate with other members including clinical director, staff psychiatrist, primary care providers, case managers, and fellow clinicians to provide optimal care for clients.
- Conduct extensive intake interviews with individuals seeking psychotherapy and write an evaluation for each new client, providing diagnostic impressions, psychodynamic formulations, and recommendations for treatment
Wadhawan says that if you’re experiencing symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), see a mental health professional for a thorough evaluation. “Your clinician will explore and identify your symptoms of major depression, durations of the symptoms, and frequency of the episodes before making diagnoses,”
You can Contact Raina Wadhawan through her website in case you are need of any of the above procedures or you are in need of a Psychotherapist.
Raina Wadhawan, licensed psychotherapist, tells that the use of some simple, tried-and-true grounding techniques can be great coping strategies in calming your body and mind and helping you return to the present moment. “They help create space from distressing feelings or situations while becoming more present in the here and now,” she says.
Ahead, therapists share their easy tips for combatting anxiety in the moment so that you have control over your emotions and thoughts.
Raina Wadhawan Education:
Raina completed her undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College and her graduate degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has additional certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety from the BECK institute, and Complex Trauma. In addition to the certifications, she has advanced training for counseling adults who’ve experienced childhood emotional neglect.
She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including outpatient mental health clinic, various private practices and early childhood settings. She relies heavily on an eclectic blend of multiple psychotherapy modalities, including CBT, Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness, and Psychodynamic techniques in order to understand and address the unique needs of each client. She is also well-versed in working with minority populations, South Asian, and anyone who identifies as multi-racial/ethnic. Additionally, she has experience in supporting immigrants, women of color, and international students.
Raina Wadhawan Biography
|Real Name||Raina Wadhawan|
|Focus Areas||Trauma, Family Issues, Women’s Issues, Anxiety, Relationship Issues|
|Accepted Insurance||United Healthcare, Oxford, Oscar Health, Cigna, Aetna|
|License Type||LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor)|
|Height||5′ 4″ (1.62 m)|
|Contact Number||(718) 521-2984|
|Educational Qualification||Graduate in BA Psychology, M.Ed Counseling Psychology|
|School||The American Embassy School|
|College||Sarah Lawrence College, Teachers College, Columbia University|
|Popular for||Helping women of color address challenges around identity, self-care, and self-compassion:|
|Languages||English, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi,|
|Ethnicity||Asian and Pacific Islander (South Asian)|
|Specialties||Anxiety, Women’s Issues, Trauma and PTSD|
|Current Address||159 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012|