Dr. Serena Anand

Serena Anand, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Serena Anand earned her Doctorate and Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the APA-accredited program at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dr. Anand spent two years providing individual and group therapy to a diverse population of adults and adolescents during an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship and externship at The Catholic University of America’s Counseling Center. Additionally, she has provided psychotherapy services and psychological evaluations in various community mental health settings, including a clinic serving refugee and asylum-seeking populations.

Dr. Anand views therapy as a collaborative journey, in which the client is the expert on their experience. She aims to empower her clients to make meaningful changes in their lives by challenging unhelpful patterns, while exploring the underlying emotions and relational experiences that contribute to how the client views themselves and others. Dr. Anand approaches therapy from a Psychodynamic perspective, helping clients to recognize patterns from early childhood experiences with the goal of fostering self-esteem, identity cohesion, and mutually fulfilling relationships. She integrates techniques from CBT, ACT, and Mindful Self Compassion to meet the individual needs of each client. In her work with couples, Dr. Anand integrates techniques from Emotion Focused Therapy and the Gottman Method of Couples therapy, and has completed the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy (GMCT) Level I train

Dr. Anand’s specific clinical interests include: anxiety, depression, identity development (how familial, cultural, and social influences shape our development, and sometimes clash), interpersonal and romantic relationship concerns, family of origin concerns, gender and sexuality, trauma, and life transitions.

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