Rajani V Levis, MS, LMFT, PPS

Name:Rajani V Levis
Gender:Female
Specialty:Marriage & Family Therapist
Other Specialties—EMDR
Counselor
Review:1 client review
Location:1246 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone: 415-683-1008
http://www.levistherapy.com
 
Introduction:
Born and raised in India on a steady diet of eye-opening paradoxes, faith, Chai and conversations that seamlessly switch languages, I bring a richly multicultural perspective to my work. I am a child of India whose professional identity has been shaped by a Western education. Almost two decades of cross-cultural experiences in living, studying and working on two continents have nurtured my flexibility, curiosity and creativity as a therapist. I also believe that a dedicated mindfulness practice as well as a thoughtful self-inquiry practice allow me to be a compassionate, authentic and nurturing presence in the lives of others.

Identities Beyond Boundaries
With an abiding interest in the complex sphere of human relationships, I bring gentle and sustained attention to the nuances of culture and communication in therapy. Learning to co-exist with “the other” is as important in understanding our own self, as it is in cross-cultural relationships. With this theme in mind, I co-lead a group discovery process called “Identities Beyond Boundaries”. If you are interested in learning more about these groups, please contact me at 415.683.1008.

Education & Areas of Interest
In 2005, I graduated from San Francisco State University with a Masters in Counseling and a dual specialization in School Counseling as well as Marriage and Family Therapy. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of individuals, couples and families in a variety of capacities, as a youth advocate, a trainee, an intern, and now as a licensed clinician. Some specialized areas of interest include Stress and Anxiety, Trauma, Domestic Violence, Bereavement and Loss (including pet loss), Death and Dying, and Cross-cultural Issues.

Languages
Having been raised in a multicultural environment, I am fluent in English, Hindi, Bangla and Tamil with a wide exposure to other Indian languages and Japanese.

International Counseling Experience
In 2006, I led a team of 14 American teenagers on a community service project to a small village in the South of India. In 2009, I was part of a team that helped to set up a mental health clinic at the Amrita Institute of Medical Science and Research Center in Kochi, India. A brief case-study based on my international experience is part of Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health, with an expected release date of February 2013.

Attitude of Gratitude
An important mindfulness practice that I share with clients is to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. This practice fills our inner well, nourishing us into greater health and well-being.
Please accept my gratitude for your presence at this page today.

    I feel fortunate to be able to integrate my education, skills and passion into my work as a therapist. I remain grateful for the honor and privilege of being entrusted with your fears, hopes and dreams. I am in awe of the growth and healing that occurs in our work together, and like you, I too, am immeasurably enriched by it.
Education:
SchoolDegreeMajorGraduation
San Francisco State UniversityMSN/A2005
License:
NameIssued ByDuration
Licensed Marriage and Family TherapistCalifornia Board of Behavioral SciencesCurrent
Publication:
•        Levis, R.V. (in press) Dancing naked on the bridge. The Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health Practice. Praeger.

•        Alvarez, A., Juang, L., Liang, C. (2006) Asian -Americans and racism: When bad things happen to "model minorities". Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Vol 12(3), 477-492.

•        Liang, C., Alvarez, A., Juang, L., Liang, M. (2007) The Role of Coping in the Relationship between Perceived Racism and Racism-Related Stress for Asian Americans. Journal of Counseling Psychology, v54 n2 132-141
Membership:
TitleOrganizationDuration
Clinical MemberCalifornia Association of Marriage and Family TherapistsCurrent
Other Location:
San Francisco & Oakland
Language:Hindi, Bangla, Tamil


Client Review:

1 client review of Rajani V Levis scored 5 out of 5.

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by Biko, Oct. 24, 2012

Excellent experience, i recommend  , she is a wonderful human been . Very professional and high ethics standards.
Rajani gives me the self esteem that I was looking, she has a very gentle and kind way to show new alternatives with out pushing out of you limit.
Thank you Rajani .

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for 1 - 3 years
* this reviewer had 3 - 5 therapists before.
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