A GrateFULL welcome to all!
Get to know Sema

I have always had an affinity to helping those in need, even since I was young. In high school I was chosen to be a peer counselor and later in college I changed my major from business to psychology.

 

The switch to psychology paved my way to understanding mental health and it's impact on the entire person--mind, brain, body, spirit and soul. I soon got my Masters in Social Welfare and from there I served several years working with families, children, adolescents, and adults at all levels of functioning and phases of life. 

 

I am a therapist, educator and clinical supervisor. I have a passion to help others find meaningful change.

 

I'm second-generation South-Asian, an advocate for holistic wellness, a big foodie and always on the search for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe!

Why I Chose to Become a Therapist

I chose to become a therapist because supporting individuals through life's struggles and hardships is important to me. It is an honor to be invited on someone's journey to help discover a path to healing.

 

The therapeutic space I hope to facilitate, is meant to support one in managing distress, and navigate through the inevitable changes and transitions of life.

 

As a therapist, I aim to build a comfortable environment, so individuals can safely explore their needs and reflect on how best to meet such needs. In my experience, if you are ready and willing to work towards positive and healthy change, then healing is within reach. 

Education & License

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of California, Davis

Masters in Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA

Licensed Clinical Social Worker #67168,

Approved by California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Focus

  • Mind body wellness           

  • Brain Development & Impact on Behavior

  • Marital Disharmony             

  • Parent - Child Relationship and Attachment

  • Maternal Mental health      

  • Fertility, Miscarriage, Loss

  • Family Violence                 

  • Childhood abuse, Neglect and Trauma 

  • Multicultural and/Intergenerational Trauma

  • Racial and Religious Trauma

  • Spiritual Abuse

  • Depressive and Anxiety Disorders

  • Trauma and Stressors Related Disorders

  • Personality Disorders

Experience

  • Clinical Licensed Supervising Social Worker, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Education and Licensure Division.

  • Clinical Supervisor, Khalil Center, California 

  • Supervising Children's Social Worker, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Continuing services division. - Past

  • Clinical Consultant, New Star Family Justice Center, Hawthorne, Ca - Past

  • Educator, West LA College, Los Angeles, Ca - Past

  • Milieu Counselor, Eating Disorders Inpatient Unit, Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital - Past

  • Intern, Children's Defense Fund, Washington DC, University of California Washington Center

  • Research Assistant, Child Eye-Witness Testimony, Developmental Psychology, UC Davis.

Certifications

  • Certified in Maternal Mental Health, Bringing Light to Motherhood, by MMH NOW Los Angeles County.

  • Certified in Child Abuse & Neglect, Family Violence,  Early Childhood trauma, by DCFS Los Angeles County

  • Certified Coach, Child Family Teams, Integrated Core Practice Model, by DCFS Los Angeles County.