Dr. Chanda Pilgrim

(PhD)
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About Me

Hello and welcome to my profile. Are you dealing with a situation that looks and feels overwhelming right now? When we are close to things, they look bigger, that is true for objects and for situations. It is my job to help you see your issue from another perspective. Most often that simple shift in how we look at things can make you feel better.
I am Dr. Chanda Pilgrim and I have been a psychologist for over 25 years working in schools, private agencies, and a community mental health agency. I have worked with individuals and families who are dealing with everything from relationship issues to schizophrenia. I am a holistic counselor which means that when someone tells me they are depressed, not only am I trying to find out the triggers, but I also want to know about diet, exercise, and sleep. I do not see a separation between mind/body/spirit, so we will explore how they affect one another. Most of my clients say I feel like an old friend or family. That connection is important to me because who wants to talk about those private things with someone who doesn’t “get them?”
My theoretical orientation is Cognitively based which means that I believe that our thoughts create our feelings. An event that occurs is just an event until we put meaning on it. It is those meanings that create worry, sadness, and even bring about trauma. In our work together, you can expect that we will do some talking about your history. I will assign homework to help you to look deeper into things while we are apart. We will talk about things you can do to support your growth (diet, exercise, etc.) We may even do guided meditations that are aimed at reprograming those automatic unwanted reactions to events in your life. It is my intention that from working with me your life will feel better.

Thank you for trusting me!


Specialties

  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Relationship issues , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Blended Family Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Years of Experience: 26

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

Psychologist #PSY003471 (Expires: 2022-12-31)


Reviews

Written by A.L. on Sep 02, 2021 after therapy with Chanda for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and anger management

She’s perfect

Written by Y.A. on Jun 29, 2021 after therapy with Chanda for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Dr. Pilgrim is relatable and effective in her communication style. She comes across as an understanding and empathetic friend that applies a push when needed. She always provides a safe place with no judgement or expectations.

Written by D.E. on Jun 08, 2021 after therapy with Chanda for 9 months on issues concerning depression, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

An extremely gifted and empathetic healer.

Written by U.S. on Apr 20, 2021 after therapy with Chanda for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Dr. Pilgrim is amazing! I never really thought therapy would help me and if I ended up with anyone else there’s a chance I would’ve continued believing that, but I always walk away from my sessions with Dr. Pilgrim feeling so much lighter and relaxed. She’s so easy to talk to and has such a calming demeanor. She doesn’t make you feel like there’s something wrong with you. It feels like more of a friendship and casual conversation, while of course still helping you get through whatever you may be going through.

Written by O.L. on Mar 15, 2021 after therapy with Chanda for 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Dr. Pilgrim is absolutely fantastic! I was going through a very difficult time in my life, and she has been an answered prayer! I really can't imagine having a better fit in a therapist. She's empathetic, knowledgeable, and kind, and she provides just the right amount of "push" you need in a therapist.

Written by S.A. on Jan 09, 2021 after therapy with Chanda for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue

BY FAR the best therapist I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a LOT!) Dr Pilgrim is clearly well versed in therapy & is so eager to jump in and help. Her therapy is very different from any structural therapist I’ve been with before - she’s super creative & thinks outside the box to find ways that work best for me. Can’t recommend her more highly!!!

Written by K.E. on Nov 26, 2020 after therapy with Chanda for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Thank you so much for your help!

Written by B.E. on Nov 11, 2020 after therapy with Chanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Dr. Pilgrim is kind and welcoming. She creates a space where you feel safe and protected throughout the process.

Written by B.R. on Nov 05, 2020 after therapy with Chanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue

Dr. Pilgrim is extremely kind, calm, reassuring, and resourceful. She has help ground me and taught me how to ground myself so I can keep moving forward beyond our conversations. She has been able to figure out what kind of practices and worksheets work best for me and did so very quickly. Accepting you need help can be very hard, but Dr. Pilgrim has relieved all my fear and makes me excited to put in the work, even for the really hard bits.

Written by R.O. on Nov 03, 2020 after therapy with Chanda for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Down to earth and wonderful to talk with. Knowledgeable and good listener. 10/10

Written by A.N. on Jul 28, 2020 after therapy with Chanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Dr.Pilgrim is an amazing counselor who helps you shift your mindset and look towards the positive. She is incredibly intuitive and insightful! She makes you feel safe, welcomed, and heard. She is by far the best counselor I’ve had!