After achieving my dream to be a computer engineer, I worked in the software industry of different countries for many years as a software architect, a project manager, and as an entrepreneur. Subsequently, while volunteering extensively with at-risk population at different non-profits, a desire to acquire the necessary professional tools propelled me to complete a doctorate in counseling psychology, and I’m now a licensed psychologist. This enables me to work for the causes that I believe in, and focus on mental health and quality of life rather than physical health and material possessions.
Since my doctoral research on the quality of life of Indian seniors who come to reunite with their adult children https://www.amazon.com/dp/1481027352 , I’ve continued working with seniors in various roles, and am a Board member with Sourcewise, the Area Agency on Aging in Santa Clara County. Crisis counseling and suicide prevention are other areas of my interest. I helped implement County’s suicide prevention plan while working at mental health department, and am a trainer for suicide intervention skills. At a locked facility for serious mental illness, I introduced innovative programs such as “Breath & Sound” and “Education is Fun” groups. First is experiential training focused on maintaining healthy body and spirit grounded in yogic pranayams and spirituality while the second targets mind through intellectual stimulation. I sincerely believe that diversity makes us strong – be it an organization or a nation, and law and policy changes are the way forward to a more just and humane society.