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Uttara Desai, LPC
I am dedicated to helping individuals feel empowered and develop healthy growth-fostering connections through mutual empathy, authenticity, and genuineness.

Our Team

Uttara Desai, LPC

Location

Licensed In

NJ

Other Languages

Approach

Cognitive processing therapy (CPT), Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

I am dedicated to helping individuals feel empowered and develop healthy growth-fostering connections through mutual empathy, authenticity, and genuineness. In my work, I utilize an integrative approach that is grounded in client-centered and strengths-based approaches, while focusing on relational-cultural attributes. Within the therapeutic space, I strive to create an environment that is built on trust and safety. I strongly believe that the relationship between client and counselor is an agent of change and one of the most important alliances that can be created in a therapeutic relationship.

Education

MA - Clinical & Counseling Psychology, William Paterson University

License Number and State

NJ 00786300

Pronouns

she/her

What are your interests outside of work?

Outside of work, I love spending time with friends, family, and of course my doggo! I enjoy listening to audiobooks and engaging in various art directives to practice self-care. I would describe myself as a foodie, and absolutely love to travel and explore. Lastly, I really enjoy watching and volunteering for car rally races. I follow the World Rally Championship (WRC) circuit as well as various car races throughout the U.S.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

The one thing I try to do on a daily basis to support my mental and emotional well-being is taking walks.

What book have you read more than once?

There are multiple books I have read more than once (can't pick just one!) -- here are my top 5, in no particular order:

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
  • Love’s Executioner by Irvin D. Yalom, MD
  • Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? By Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD
  • Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb
  • Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

Even though I have read these books multiple times, I feel like I hear and experience a different perspective when I read them more than once.

Do you have any pets?

I have a 55lb Whoodle (half standard poodle, half soft-coated wheaten terrier) who is a big cuddle bear. Sooo many stories, where to begin...one of my favorite things about having a Doodle is the "Doodle Welcome", which is when you are welcomed home with a favorite toy. Instant mood booster :)