NITA MAKHIJA, PH.D.
Registered Yoga Teacher
Specializing in evidence based trauma treatment
I specialize in helping individuals who've experienced trauma (such as sexual assault; childhood physical, sexual and emotional abuse; combat trauma; military sexual trauma; trauma experienced by first responders)
and providing education and support to their loved ones.
I am trained as a counseling psychologist; this means that a critical emphasis throughout my training has been on examining the interactions between our identity (including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientations, ability status, and socio-economic status) and the world around us and the role our social and cultural environments play in our mental well-being.
Within treatment, I utilize a cognitive behavioral therapy approach (CBT) and draw heavily from mindfulness and acceptance techniques to so that together we can identify skills and strategies that can most effectively address the concerns for which you are seeking therapy.
The focus of our work together will be on helping you explore your values and strengths along with the barriers you encounter and identifying the patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that interfere with you moving forward.
I completed my training in community and Veterans Affairs hospitals in Brooklyn NY, Seattle WA, and Boston MA where I received advanced training in providing treatment for PTSD and trauma-related symptoms related to sexual assault, sexual abuse, and combat trauma.
Following this, prior to returning to Western New York, I served as a licensed psychologist treating military service members, veterans and their family members, and survivors of suicide in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and as an instructor at Harvard Medical School.
I returned to Western New York in 2018 to be closer to family and friends and am thrilled to be calling Buffalo home once again.
Expertise in evidence-based treatment for trauma-related issues including:
Post Traumatic Stress
Interpersonal challenges that arise from experiencing psychological trauma
Psychoeducation for family & friends of individuals who experience symptoms related to experiences of psychological trauma
Assessment/Psychological Evaluation for PTSD
Supervision for unlicensed psychologists/psychiatrists other mental health professionals
Consultation on mental health-related concerns for mental health professionals, educators, employers
Workshops on understanding and/or treating trauma and trauma-related symptomatology
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM TREATMENT
Our first one to two sessions will be used to gather information about you and your treatment goals.
Over the course of treatment we will work together to identify your values and use these as the “big picture” to guide our work of developing the skills that will empower you to identify and face experiences you've been avoiding. Together, you and I will work to cultivate non-judgmental awareness of your thoughts and emotions and a willingness to tolerate them as opposed to struggling against them. Our ultimate goal is to develop an acceptance of situations you are unable to change and a commitment to changing situations you can.
I believe in providing a treatment environment that is compassionate and collaborative. The work we do together in each session will be active and goal-oriented. You will be introduced to skills and strategies and be encouraged to practice them both in session and in between sessions so that you are well-equipped to progress in the journey of living the life you want to be living.
To schedule an appointment, please complete the form below.
***During the COVID-19 pandemic I only have limited in-person appointments (proof of vaccination and masks are required), all other appointments are conducted via telehealth via a HIPAA-compliant platform***
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