Ektha AggarwalLCSW

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What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

Moving from Tanzania, I grew up in a community where those who were fortunate supported those who were less fortunate. Every Sunday my parents would make food and take my brother and I to distribute it to the homeless community. I remember laughing with the homeless community as they would tell us jokes and express gratitude. Moving to the U.S. at the young age of 10, I was overwhelmed by the homeless population and how the lower income communities were treated. I couldn't figure what made the cultures here so divided - I was confused, angry, and sad. My experience birthed the commitment to rebuild hope, lift voices that are silenced, and acknowledge the resilience that has been stunted in so many people. The passion to build hope and touch as many lives as possible extends beyond the homeless community; it's for everyone: people of color who face the challenges of cultural duality, women who are learning to use their voice with power and grace, men who want to normalize expressing all their emotions. Each of us has an internal battle we are facing, and I hope to be part of the strength and resilience that you build to get through those battles you are facing. It takes a team to build a thriving and fulfilling life - and I am on YOUR team.

If you could pick one movie or book that influenced your approach to therapy, what would it be and why?

I personally have grown to deeply appreciate Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller. Although this book is about authentically connecting with other people, it more deeply explores the attachment styles that impact all relationships, including the relationship we have with ourselves. It gives you a deeper understanding of how your attachment style affects your day-to-day decisions, triggers, choices, and thinking. This is my personal go-to if you are experiencing anxiety. Normalizing your attachment style and learning tools to manage it helps bring out your most authentic self to the world. A recent book I have also found myself enjoying is The Queen's Code by Allison Armstrong. It's an interesting take on feminine and masculine energies that each and every one of us embodies. For many years we've grown up learning men are from Mars and women are from Venus. What exactly does that mean? The Queen's Code clearly outlines how the different structures of our brain affect the way we communicate and think. It provides insight on how we can better understand the differences between men and women, and more importantly, embrace and value them.

Specialties

Anxiety

Relationship Issues

Race & Cultural Identity

Life transitions

Spirituality & religion based issues

General Expertise

Depression

Work Stress

Loss/Grief

Self-Esteem

Social Anxiety

Attachment issues

Bipolar disorder

Communication issues

Fees

$250

First Session

$250

Individual Therapy

Clientele

Parents

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Strength Based Therapy

Attachment-Based Therapy

Coaching

Compassion-Focused Therapy

Culturally Sensitive Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Training / Certifications

Certified Advanced Crystal Healer

Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Certificate - IPI

Licensure

CA, LCSW, 71098

CA, LCSW, 71098

Education

Master's in Social Work

Bachelors in Social Psychology

Bachelors in Criminology, Law, and Society

Location

Los Angeles, 90025, CA