WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO WELLMAN PSYCHOLOGY & ASSOCIATES?
I was very fortunate to find Dr. Wellman. From the beginning, I felt a strong connection to the practice, and found that I shared similar views on treatment styles and approaches, so it was a great match for me. I have been at WPA for four years now, and I greatly appreciate the trust, autonomy and support I am given. I feel that I am able to grow in a strong and supportive environment.
For my undergrad, I went to the University of Wisconsin Madison, and for graduate school, I attended the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, studying Clinical Psychology.
I grew up in Wisconsin, daughter of parents who emigrated from India. My father and my brother are both surgeons, so I like to say that I come from a family of helping professions.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A PSYCHOLOGIST?
My inspiration for becoming a psychologist is rooted in my desire to help others. From an early age, I knew I wanted to work in a helping field. Initially, I went the pre-med route in college, following in the footsteps of my father and brother. However, pre-med didn’t fit me well, which I learned from volunteering in ER departments at hospitals. Whenever I saw people come into the ER with injuries, I could feel their pain, which was difficult for me. My brother actually recommended I try psychology because he recognized my empathic nature. I ended up taking his advice, and I am forever grateful. He doesn’t quite remember steering me towards psychology, but thank goodness he did.
In my spare time, I really like to write poetry and short stories. I also enjoy photography, digital art, and reading. Athletically, I just started an intro to rock climbing class on the weekends, which is both fun and challenging. I also enjoy traveling and have been to Japan, Berlin, and India to visit family. Hiking trips are my favorite, especially my excursions to Yosemite, Costa Rica, Alaska.
WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT YOU?
I have a vivid memory of holding a baby monkey when I was two years old in India. I was sitting in a stroller, and this baby monkey fit right in the palms of my little hands. It was amazing! And the monkey was nice I think. I still have a picture of this day, and I look back on it as one of my favorite childhood memories.
FAVORITE TV SHOW
Lost is my favorite show of all time. Especially season 5 and 6. It gets good, and it’s chilling.
A LINE OF INSPIRATION TO LIVE BY…
“In spite of everything, I still believe people are good at heart.” –Anne Frank
This was actually my senior yearbook quote. It resonates deeply with me because I believe that humans are good, and that we act in hurtful ways because we are hurt. If we can resolve the hurt, then we will be good to each other.