Manika Yadav, MA, LMFT
Manika has completed her master's in Clinical Psychology from Eisner Institute of Professional Studies, in Encino, California, and is licensed as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist as of 2023. She has gained practical knowledge while working as a primary counselor, as an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist for Center for Discovery, Dual Diagnosis Rehabilitation Center, Pacific Place and for 3 years in private practice working closely with Sherly Khodadad, MS, LMFT. Using evidenced-based interventions, she has addressed biopsychosocial needs of the clients to restore their optimum social, mental and physical well-being (within their capacity). Along with individual, family and group sessions, she facilitated yoga & spirituality groups.
Prior to her move to the United States in 2015, Manika had a desire to create a healthy, pleasant and loving community which drew her towards studying the science of life - Ayurveda and its sister science Yoga. She is a postgraduate, Ayurvedic Doctor from India. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Ayurveda from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, Maharashtra, and her Master’s Degree in Ayurveda from SDM College and Research Centre of Excellence, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka. Adding to her extensive studies, she is also an Internationally Certified Yoga Teacher from one of the most refined and oldest schools of Yoga in the world, The Yoga Institute, Mumbai.
Manika's Eastern time-tested wisdom with Western evidenced-based treatment modalities has given her an understanding in regard to the psycho-emotional roots to health and disease.
Manika Yadav, MA, LMFT statement:
" I welcome you in the journey of healing and personal transformation from a holistic approach of mind, body, and emotions. This may allow you to free yourself from belief systems, thought patterns and habits that seem to be not working anymore and adversely influencing health, relationships, personal growth, and inner peace. Stuck or repressed emotions feed into anxiety, depression, or anger, disrupting one’s mental, physical, and social well-being. I work collaboratively in the session with you towards self-actualization & emotional fulfillment. My hope is to provide a safe space to cultivate awareness.
My practice is based on the system’s approach that focuses on treating the whole person keeping the surrounding in mind. Utilizing evidenced-based interventions/protocols, I work with individuals to address issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, addiction, trauma, and personal growth-related concerns. I consider every individual as a whole and unique identity, hence, understanding clients' worldviews and working in collaboration with them to establish goals and treatment plans is an integral part of my practice.
I apply various orientations and training such as CBT, solution-focused brief therapy, Gestalt therapy, and Existential therapy to help you manage emotional discomfort and with confidence & resilience."
Tova Harkham, MA, AMFT received her Master’s in Clinical psychology from Antioch University in order to enhance her training and work one-on-one in a clinical setting. She has special interest to help support teens and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, and all the stress that comes with no longer being a child but not an adult yet. Trained as a Life Coach at the Life Purpose Institute in San Diego, California, Tova founded TEENminded, a nonprofit organization that focused on running workshops for teen girls in and around Los Angeles, in both public and private schools. Tova developed specialized workshops focusing on: body image and social media, social stressors, and building self-esteem which were ideal for teenagers to grow among their peers in a group setting. In private practice, Tova specializes in creating a safe space that allows for growth, resiliency and confidence.
Tova Harkham, MA, AMFT statement:
"Many arrive at therapy for a variety of reasons. As a clinician who specializes in establishing a supportive space for individuals to feel seen, heard, & acknowledged within the therapeutic relationship, I utilize my lived experience that developmentally impacted how I viewed the world as a young adult myself.
Growing up within a tight-knit culture that (at times) limited my abilities to find my voice and step into my power in a way that felt most authentic to me, I excel at supporting individuals that are desiring to dismantle the roles they were given at a young age as they wrestle with learning who they want to be as they move into adulthood.
I provide a collaborative space where clients can learn to strengthen their relationship with themselves and critically examine narratives that may no longer be serving them. As a clinician who is also a mother, I can hold more than one perspective at the same time which allows more space for clients to utilize their innate curiosity and better enables them to explore what narratives feel more supportive for self. For individuals suffering from symptoms relating to anxiety and depression, this approach can assist in obtaining and integrating coping skills and tools that can be utilized as a way to feel more connected to the empowered self and less dependent on maladaptive coping skills and unhelpful comparison to others.
It is truly an honor and a privilege to witness others tap into their strengths, grow into their preferred selves, and begin to utilize their voice in a way that feels most aligned with their authentic self. Utilizing humor, compassion, and authenticity, therapy can become a collaborative journey of personal growth where meaningful conversations strengthen one's ability to foster a connection with self that allows them to be a more active participant in their life."
Tova Harkham is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT # 131746 working under the license & supervision of Sherly Khodadad, MS, LMFT.