Pooja Parashar, LMFT
Ms. Pooja Parashar LMFT (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Advanced Health Care. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine, with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. While at UCI, Pooja completed two internships with the Counseling Center and knew she wanted to work in a therapeutic setting with clients. Pooja pursued the field of mental health therapy to break the stigma and barrier of access to treatment. Pooja decided to pursue her graduate education from the University of Southern California, and earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT).
In her clinical work as a MFT Trainee and Associate (AMFT), Pooja worked with clients from underserved communities through intensive DMH programs and worked with kids, teens, and families in the Foster Care system and the Department of probation. As both an AMFT and LMFT, Pooja continued to work with kids and teens, and for the past 2 and a half years, has worked with adults and couples. Her diverse clinical experience ranges from working with clients who experience Anxiety disorders, Trauma/PTSD, Adult and Child ADHD, Depressive disorders/Suicidal ideation, Life transitions, Anger, Difficulty in relationships, Racial trauma, Perinatal/Postpartum difficulties, Chronic pain, Grief, as well as Family of origin issues.
Pooja engages with clients through an integrated clinical approach of tailoring the sessions to the client by having a foundation of person-centered therapy and utilizing modalities such as Trauma Informed therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Satir Communications Therapy, and Structural Family Therapy.
Outside of work, Pooja loves to spend time with her pupper, Viva, and her family and loves to spend time in nature. She feels rejuvenated when she spends time with her friends and loves to keep learning and experiencing emotional growth as a person and as a therapist. Pooja reminds her clients that self-care is a way of life and that rest is a true form of resistance. Pooja loves to plant therapeutic seeds with her clients and hopes that her clients blossom and thrive toward their goals and dreams. Pooja truly cares about helping her clients help themselves and values the safety of the therapeutic space, both virtually and in person. Pooja aspires to build a confidential space for her clients to connect with their inner selves, to process their traumas, and to empower them to be their best selves.