Dr. Chanda Pilgrim, Psychologist
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!
Additional areas of focus: 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, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Immigration Issues, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
GA Psychologist PSY003471
These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Chanda Pilgrim. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.
Written on May 27, 2022 after therapy with Chanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching
Dr. Pilgrim is hands down one of the best! She has been a ray of light in a dark place and an excellent source of support. I am so glad that I decided to connect with her and I am extremely excited about working with her on my journey to a better self.
Written on May 05, 2022 after therapy with Chanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coa
Written 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
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 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
An extremely gifted and empathetic healer.
Written 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
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 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