Anika Amin, MS, MSW, CSWA

She/her

Anika practices under the supervision of Brooke White.

It can feel scary to take the first step and reach out for help, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are
struggling with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions, trauma, family systems,
difficulty with work/life balance, or other mental health concerns and need help figuring it out,
you are not alone. Our trauma can create complex feelings of guilt and shame and can become
overwhelming to navigate on our own.


My therapeutic approach centers on exploring our beliefs and intersectionality that make us
unique and finding our authentic selves through understanding our values. I have experienced the
stigmatization of seeking therapy and feeling overwhelmed. Navigating values, beliefs, cultural norms, and expectations can be difficult. Together, we can explore how our individual experiences shape our lives and develop skills and tools to foster compassion, healing, and self-
acceptance.


In our sessions, I will hold space for you to discuss your challenges and collaboratively work
with you in your therapeutic journey, and empower you to live the life you desire. In developing
a deeper understanding of our emotions and ourselves, we will foster a safe therapeutic
environment free from judgment, shame, and fear.

I work with individual adults who may be:

  • Experiencing difficulty managing their stress, anxiety, or depression
  • Going through major transitions in life like loss of job, family and relationship conflicts, loss of family members, retirement, or divorce
  • Immigrants trying to navigate through the system. As a woman of color and an immigrant, I know how difficult and lonely it can feel to adjust to a new environment
  • Students having difficulty trying to balance life, work and school
  • People of color experiencing marginalization and living with racial trauma and discrimination


Some of the approaches I use in my work include:

  • Culturally sensitive therapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Client-centered and Strengths-based

My background:

I was born and raised in Bangladesh and moved to the US for college when I was 19 years old. I
grew up in a conservative South Asian culture where traditional beliefs and values were deeply
embedded within family dynamics and talking about mental health was highly stigmatized. My
interest in exploring human psychology stemmed from witnessing people I cared about struggle
with their mental health and suffer in silence for fear of being judged.


Initially, I chose to pursue a career in mental health in hopes of educating and raising awareness
within my community. However, through various work experiences and internship
opportunities in working with individuals from different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds,
I realized that there was a deeper need for representation and mental health awareness among
other communities as well. Utilizing my personal and professional experiences, I aim to foster
an environment where my clients can fully express themselves, whoever they are or want to
be, without any fear of judgment or shame.


In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my pup Frodo, trying different cuisines, exploring
waterfalls and hikes, and taking care of my house plants.


Are we a fit?

Please contact me for a free telephone consultation, and let’s talk prior to your first appointment (required for first time clients).