Aashna grew up in Mumbai, India and moved to the U.S. for higher education. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Theater and Psychology at Middlebury College, Vermont; her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Purdue University; and she is currently a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Purdue University.
Aashna has three years of clinical experience prior to working at IPCI. She has worked in a variety of settings including college counseling, community mental health, summer camp, community corrections, and has treated a range of concerns like depression, anxiety, relationship distress, systemic oppression, sexual assault, trans-racial adoption, parental abuse, substance abuse, physical health-related stress, intercultural transitions, adjusting to life after prison, and disordered eating. Aashna has experience working with adults and children, as well as in individual and group therapy. She is gaining specialized training in couple therapy and sex therapy and is supervised by Dr. Maria Hanzlik.
Aashna’s practices therapy from a relational-cultural lens. She believes that as humans, we are meant to be in relationship with other humans, and distress often arises when there is a lack of that much needed connection. Aashna helps clients think about authentic, empathic, and empowering relationships, and take action to get closer to the kinds of connections they seek. Aashna also works with clients to develop self-empathy, as we are often our worst critics. Finally, Aashna pays attention to how culture and context impact clients. We do not exist in a vacuum, and it is important to be able to grow awareness of how external influences inform our socialization and experiences.
Beginning, or returning to, therapy can often be a daunting process. Aashna would be honored to go on that journey with you!