Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
Welcome, you have found yourself on my page reading my bio. That by itself tells me you have courage. Seeking help and greater understanding isn’t ever easy.
A Little Bit About You:
You live at the multiple intersections of identities and often feel like you have to choose between them to feel safe.
You are in a relationship that started with promise but you now notice this relationship is echoing the patterns of previous relationships in creating more hurt and disconnection.
You have endured trauma in your life and you are noticing that it’s hard to know what you want or even what you’re feeling.
If any or all of this is you, I want you to know that you are not broken. I want you to know that feelings of worry and fear are exacerbated when we live and love under oppressive systems that privilege certain identities. No matter our background or whether or not we have privilege, this system hurts all of us and hurts our ability to connect. It’s not sustainable to go through life masking who we truly are and amputating parts of ourselves to fit in.
Maybe you have hoped that time will ease this sense of despair that comes from trying to find yourself. Maybe you have sought out the help of family members - while they have the best intentions they have either offered unhelpful advice or shamed you for feeling this in the first place. Maybe you have even sought the help of a professional but felt they just didn’t get the cultural values that inform your being.
I applaud your resilience and strength for continuing to move towards healing.
I want you to know you do not have to choose between the parts of you - integration is possible. It is your body’s natural desire to heal that has led you here.
A Little Bit About Me:
Therapy is healing partly because of the relationship we cultivate, so I want you to know who I am too. I am an Indian immigrant, cis gender woman of color. I understand what it’s like to feel like the day-to-day is about surviving AND I also know thriving is possible. You don’t have to be stuck.
The world gives all of us messages about who we are based on our identities. There’s an impact in being told what you’re worth. Whether or not you accept or rebel against the constant messaging, it still saps your energy to move through the world and keep track of what is real versus someone else’s opinion. Particularly survivors of trauma, including the trauma of living under oppressive systems, can often find ourselves anxious or depressed; part of the problem turns out to be that we have been trying to squish ourselves into boxes that never were meant to fit. Therapy can be a place to unpack those internalized messages about our identities and challenge the validity of the assumptions on which they stand.
Before becoming a therapist I taught college and worked as an environmental campaigner. My experiences in life have shown me that struggle is inevitable, but learning how to struggle can develop confidence, calm, and connection. I have learned that transitions, the spaces between endings and beginnings, can both feel incredibly scary AND can be the most fertile periods of growth.
With me you will get someone who is compassionate, warm, direct and collaborative. I will be attuned to you and will also gently challenge you to expand the ways you understand our world. Always, our work together will be something we co-create.
Modalities and Fields that Inform my Work:
Anti Racist Scholarship
Emotionally Focused Therapies
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Life is full of possibilities. We don’t have to be trapped by our circumstances. I believe that a deeper understanding and connection is possible. We can work together to make your relationships feel more fulfilling and help you better understand and trust yourself.
I am bilingual in English and Tamil.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Associate with the State of Washington (#60864288). I regularly seek consultation from colleagues as well as my licensed supervisor, Katherine Walter, MSW, LICSW, CSW-G (LICSW #LW 60136151.
Jaya works with adults 18+ for individual therapy. For family therapy, she works with participants who are 13+.
Mondays 7:30am to 2pm
Tuesdays 2:30 to 9pm
Wednesdays 8:30am to 2pm
Thursdays 2:30 to 9pm
You can call or email our office to schedule your first appointment: 425-998-9769.
Connect With Us:
To make an appointment with Jaya, please call or email our office.
Important: If this is a crisis or you need immediate support, please call the Crisis Clinic at (206) 461-3222 or go to your nearest emergency room. Catalyst Counseling cannot provide emergency services.