Hello! My is Saarika Rao, and I am a licensed clinical social worker in California. I received my Masters in Social Work from University of Southern California. I have had the opportunity to work with many individuals dealing with concerns including depression, anxiety, anger issues, grief and loss, trauma, substance abuse issues, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, career challenges, issues due to experiencing racism, and life transitions in addition to severe and persistent mental illness. I feel that as a therapist it is my responsibility to provide clients with an understanding environment in which they can grow and thrive.
The treatment modalities that I often utilize are Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Relaxation Techniques, reflective listening, validating feelings, among other modalities to ensure that you have the proper tools and insight to reach your goals. However, I feel that therapeutic services need to be catered to your specific needs and goals.
There is so much that a therapist can learn from a client as well, so it is my philosophy to never assume what a client is feeling or how they may have experienced or interpreted certain things in their life. For me, it is truly important to really listen without judgement as your journey and experiences are wholly your own.
I’m looking forward to working with you and helping you on your journey!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
CA LCSW 87762