About Puja Chhabra, LCSW RYT

Puja Chhabra is a licensed clinical social worker, specializing in psychodynamic, trauma informed and holistic approaches in working with individuals. She is a dedicated yoga teacher, committed to learning about the deep connections between the mind and the body. Puja believes that the combination of psychotherapy and yoga compliments one another and alleviates symptoms related to depression, anxiety and trauma. She specializes in supporting individuals in connecting to their sense of hope, in the midst of life’s stressors, transitions, and challenges. Puja’s unique therapeutic approach is based on reflecting on the past, understanding barriers to living in the present moment, and moving towards self compassion and acceptance.  

Puja Chhabra considers herself to be a relational and collaborative clinician, offering mindfulness and mind-body awareness with the intention to build resilience. Building on resilience as the foundation for creating joy and meaning in our lives is the focus that Puja bestows in her work. Puja specializes in providing psychotherapy to adults experiencing depression, anxiety or trauma in individual, couples and group modalities. She is passionate about contributing to the lives of minorities, women, and LGBTQ populations.  Puja appreciates the healing power of sharing your story, to feel heard, and create meaningful change. 

Background

Puja Chhabra received her masters degree in social work from New York University, where she obtained a strong clinical foundation that enabled her to work effectively with many populations. Puja has over fifteen years of experience in the mental health field, working in community mental health and private practice settings as a clinician and supervisor.  Puja’s extensive experience includes working with foster care youth, special education and chronically mentally ill populations. Puja continues to provide clinical supervision to a range of clinical staff and oversight of a special education program.  She is most passionate about supporting clinical staff in their own commitment to self care, as it inextricably connects to their work with individuals and families. Puja has offered yoga in the workplace to prevent burnout and presented on topics related to trauma and body in hospital and non-profit settings. 

Puja has a vested interest in raising awareness about trauma informed care and incorporating wellness approaches into therapeutic work.  Puja solidified her commitment to understanding the impact of our life experience on our bodies, by expanding her knowledge base and becoming a registered yoga teacher. Puja was trained with the Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind teacher training that combined somatic psychology, neuroscience and trauma work in body movement.  Puja utilizes her background as a yoga teacher in educating individuals about the impact of stress and trauma on the body. As an avid yogi herself, Puja embodies the benefits of yoga and understands how meaningful change must occur on a physiological and emotional level. With the blending of psychotherapy and yoga, feelings of depression, anxiety and trauma can subside. Puja is committed to sharing simple yet effective tools of mindfulness, body movement and meditative practices to enhance clinical work. 

Puja Chhabra is licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the state of California, LCS 24159. 

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA)
  • Yoga Alliance