Uttara Desai

LAC

Uttara Desai

LAC

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Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Justyna Dmowski
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapy, Associate Counselor
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon
  • Cigna
  • Horizon Healthcare
  • Horizon NJ Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • ValueOptions
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

231 Clarksville Road, Suite 4A
Princeton Junction, New Jersey 08550

My Approach to Helping

In my role as a counselor, I feel it is my duty to create an environment that is built on trust and safety. I 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 space. I often use a strengths-based perspective, with a focus on relational-cultural attributes. My goal is to help clients feel empowered and develop healthy growth-fostering connections through mutual empathy, authenticity, and genuineness.

Hobbies: During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to audiobooks, and playing with my Whoodle puppy. I have also been dabbling in various art directives as a way to engage in self-care. I would describe myself as a foodie, and I 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 US.

More Info About My Practice

I obtained a Master’s of Arts in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from William Paterson University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a double minor in Social Work and Sociology from Rider University. Additionally, I earned a graduate certificate from the University of Maryland in Working with Survivors of Violence, Torture, and Trauma. I am currently a doctoral candidate working towards a PhD in Counseling from Montclair State University. Throughout my educational journey, I have engaged in various research, scholarship, leadership, and teaching opportunities. For the past five years I have worked as a mental health therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. In my role as a therapist, I provide individual and group counseling services to a diverse adult population (18+).

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Including, but not limited to: Academic Issues, Acculturation and Assimilation, Adjustment Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Career Counseling, College Counseling, Coping Skills, Crisis Intervention, Depression, Dual Diagnosis, Grief and Loss, Identity Issues (Racial and Cultural), Identity Development, Impulsivity, Intergenerational Trauma and Conflict, Interpersonal Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Medication Management, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Issues, Peer Relationship Issues, Personality Disorders (Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder), Psychotic Disorders (Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, and Psychosis), Self-care and Holistic Wellness, Self-esteem, Self-harming, Stress Management, Substance Abuse, Suicidal Ideation, Time-management, Trauma and PTSD, and Women?s Issues

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Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Counseling for Offenders
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Intervention
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Including, but not limited to: Academic Issues, Acculturation and Assimilation, Adjustment Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Career Counseling, College Counseling, Coping Skills, Crisis Intervention, Depression, Dual Diagnosis, Grief and Loss, Identity Issues (Racial and Cultural), Identity Development, Impulsivity, Intergenerational Trauma and Conflict, Interpersonal Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Medication Management, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Issues, Peer Relationship Issues, Personality Disorders (Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder), Psychotic Disorders (Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, and Psychosis), Self-care and Holistic Wellness, Self-esteem, Self-harming, Stress Management, Substance Abuse, Suicidal Ideation, Time-management, Trauma and PTSD, and Women’s Issues

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Immigration issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures
  • Psychosis
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Terminal Illness
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
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