Nikita Ramakrishnan, PhD
Post Doctoral Psychologist Resident
I am a Post-Doctoral Psychologist providing services under the supervision of Adrian Larsen Sanchez, PsyD. I received my PhD in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University in August 2023. Prior to that, I was a local Oregonian receiving my Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at University of Oregon.
I believe that life challenges are inevitable. When humans are grounded in their values, their sense of self, and connection with others, these challenges can become transformational rather than destructive. My approach to therapy involves us collaborating to better understand your patterns, embrace the difficult thoughts and feelings, and learn skills to respond to challenges in ways that align with your authentic self. Building on your inner strengths can guide us to more sustainable changes in your life.
I want the therapeutic space to be one in which you feel heard and cared for, while also experiencing the benefits of challenging yourself toward growth. I use a variety of therapies based on the needs of my clients, but I primarily use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Feminist therapy within a trauma-informed context. I have experience working with adolescents and adults in university counseling centers, healthcare settings, and a domestic violence shelter.
At PMHW, I work with children and adults living with anxiety, mood disorders, relationship concerns, trauma, identity exploration, and general stress. My focus areas are providing services to survivors of sexual trauma, complex trauma, and minority stress. I recognize that individuals hold intersectional social identities that often impact their mental health and perception of the world. I aim to honor and validate those lived experiences while engaging in this healing work.