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Meet Minal

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"Minal is a smart, sensitive woman who cares deeply for her clients. I had the pleasure of supervising her work as a student therapist, and found her to be both wise and kind, the kind of counselor who listened with great empathy and also helped her clients to find opportunities to create the change they wanted in their lives." - Shiela Addison, PhD, LMFT.

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The fun & fancy-free:

I was born and raised in New York City and have lived in Lagos, Madrid, Dubai, Jakarta and Mumbai. Each city opened my eyes to expansive values, beautiful cultures and the notion that life can be lead in so many incredible ways, not one better than the other. I have now been in San Francisco for over 8 years and never want to leave.

Before becoming a therapist, I tried my hand at a lot of different jobs but I never had a career. I worked in services, education, advertising, entertainment, journalism and tech. I can relate to high stress, intense pressure, unyielding expectations and endless workloads. I’ve experienced the desire for work-life balance and the not knowing how to get there; the want for peace and quiet and the pull to constantly be busy; and the need to appear like I have it all together meanwhile feeling like I was just hanging on by a thread. I also know how hard it can be and how long it takes to transition here from New York. I get it. I’ve been there. And now I want to help.

In graduate school I worked with clients around the Bay Area to overcome whatever was standing between them and their best self. My passion for this work led me to create Honest Space Psychotherapy, where I focus on teaching young professionals (individuals and couples in their 20’s and 30’s) how to manage anxiety, build self-worth and strengthen relationships. In session, we practice mindfulness and create balance. We laugh, we cry, we explore and we connect all to help you be the person you want to be. 

The nitty-gritty:

I received my BA in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and my Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco.

I started working with clients while in graduate school and have continued since, training at:

  • City Arts & Technology High School
  • Project Pride
  • City College of San Francisco
  • Haight Ashbury Psychological Services
  • The TALK Line

When I'm not with my clients, I'm usually chasing my toddler around various parts of San Francisco, hiking, sailing, camping, doing yoga or spending time with family and friends.

I look forward to getting to know more about you!