Twisa Desai, LPC, Psychotherapist
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step ”
– Lao Tzu
As human beings, we often encounter seemingly intolerable stressors. It can be challenging to find an expert therapist that is a good fit and has your best interests at heart. Twisa Desai is passionate about helping her patients help themselves. She focuses on being a scaffold for people- providing support and collaborating with her patients to become their own therapist.
Twisa has extensive training and experience in the use of evidence based therapies and uses the latest empirically supported research to treat mood and anxiety disorders in adolescents and adults. She specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and incorporates strategies from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Her treatment approach encourages transparency, value-driven decision making, humor, self-compassion, and acceptance. Twisa combines her clinical insight and empathy to really take time to understand and work with people, recognizing the profound impact psychological distress and barriers can cause. With Twisa, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation to ensure creating a treatment plan that meets your individual goals and working together to gradually break down difficult tasks and situations into manageable steps. Her framework is built on providing a nonjudgmental environment to help people gain mastery and better enjoy their lives.
Twisa received professional training at The Reeds Center in New York in exposure and response prevention (ERP) for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety related disorders (phobias including Emetophobia, social anxiety, panic disorder), behavioral activation for depression, habit-reversal therapy (HRT) for body focused repetitive behaviors such as trichotillomania and excoriation disorder, CBT for eating disorders, and skills training in affective and interpersonal regulation and narrative storytelling (STAIR-NST). Twisa is also active in contributing to articles for information outlets such as Health magazine on topics such as body focused repetitive behaviors, provides parent and family support sessions, and participates as a consultant for IEP meetings. Twisa holds a Master’s degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from La Salle University, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Studies from Temple University. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Twisa values the importance of pursuing opportunities for continued professional development and is dedicated to working with her patients to feel empowered in their ability to respond to challenges and improve their quality of life.