Background & Experience
In case you were wondering about me.......
I am originally from Fiji and am of Indian descent. My family immigrated from Fiji to the United States and then to Australia. While in Australia I completed my undergraduate studies and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Leisure/Recreation Management; followed by a Graduate Certificate in Community Management a few years later. I obtained both of these through the University of Technology, Sydney.
My professional career in Australia centered around case management and program development within marginalized communities; including high risk youth, juvenile offenders, people with disabilities and people living with with HIV/AIDS. I also had extensive volunteer experience within the environmental movement; liaising with traditional Aboriginal communities on issues of sustainable and eco-friendly tourism development.
In 2000 I returned to the Bay Area and continued to work primarily within disenfranchised communities. I have 10 years experience providing a range of services for pregnant and parenting adolescents in San Francisco's Mission & Bayview/Hunter's PointDistricts. These services have included comprehensive case management, program development and therapy - individual, group and family.
In addition to working with adolescents, I have worked with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated adults. In 2007, I was asked by the San Quentin T.R.U.S.T to create a curriculum centered around mental and emotional health and wellness. This formed the basis for an ongoing weekly group I facilitated at San Quentin State Prison with long term incarcerated men. After taking a break for a year to complete licensure, I returned in 2011 and am privileged to be able to continue to work with the men of the T.R.U.S.T around issues of trauma and healing.
I also developed a comprehensive mental health assessment designed specifically for people returning to the community after incarceration. I have worked with various community based agencies to provide these comprehensive assessments which are utilized by case managers who work directly with re-entry clients.
Additionally I have worked in programs within the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and the S.F. Sheriffs Department providing individual and family therapy and assessments for clients with a range of offenses that had resulted in involvement with the criminal justice system.
In 2005/06 I completed a 9
month intensive training program with UCSF's Child Trauma Research
Project which works with children under the age of 6 years and their
parent who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence. I helped to
adapt this program to the specific needs of adolescent parents.
2006 I also completed a 6 month training program on somatics and trauma
through Generative Somatics - which utilizes body based (somatic)
practices in the healing of trauma.
In 2007 I began working within a private practice setting; where I see clients for individual, couples and family therapy around a number of issues including navigating racism and oppression; relationship challenges; substance use; navigating cultural pressures; incarceration trauma; sexual trauma; depression; anxiety; life transitions etc.
I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies; and am licensed with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
My passion for racial and social justice and my desire to be of service to my community have found fulfillment through the choices I have made over the course of my professional career. As I continue to strive for integrity and intentionality in all areas of my life, I trust that my professional accomplishments will continue to reflect these core values of mine. Om Shanti.