Gita Mahanti, LSW

I am a Licensed social worker and a certified yoga teacher with over 4 years experience working with adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds. I have experience providing individual and group therapy services to those who have struggles with a variety of mental health issues such as mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and issues pertaining to self-esteem, relationship issues and stress management. I have worked in a variety of settings including a partial hospitalization program, intensive outpatient program in a substance abuse treatment facility, outpatient community mental health as well as private practice. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Calcutta, India. In addition, I also obtained a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago.

My approach pulls from several theories including client centered, strength based and a holistic perspective, focusing on the relationship between the mind, body and spirit. I specifically utilize several mindfulness-based interventions such as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness Bases Stress Reduction, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and yoga informed psychotherapy in my clinical work.

I believe that the relationship between the therapist and the client is the foundation for therapeutic change. Therapy involves empathy, a nonjudgmental attitude and the creation of a safe space where you learn to break free of old ideas and patterns that are restricting your happiness. I know the importance of needing to be acknowledged during life’s most difficult times.   I strive to provide an atmosphere of warmth to foster unconditional regard and a deeper understanding of life’s problems.

Having immigrated from India, I recognize the challenges faced during life transitions. I value the impact of one’s culture and life circumstances all the while recognizing the importance of one’s relationships and sense of belonging.

I appreciate the opportunity to work with you towards restoring hope and building a meaningful life while providing a warm, inviting space allowing you to be yourself.

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