James Madison University
PHOTO: Monika Kushwaha

Monika Kushwaha

  • Years Attended: 2003-2007

Currently


I am a licensed clinical psychologist working in Central New Jersey.   I have experience working in all levels of care from outpatient private practice to psychiatric hospitals. I am currently working part-time providing clinical supervision toward licensure at a PHP/IOP program that treats women with trauma histories, chronic suicidality, parasuicidal behaviors, eating disorders, and substance use.  I am also working a couple of days a week at my private practice.  Prior to going part-time, I was managing the PHP/IOP program. 

I use a mindfulness-based approach in my work and integrate Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, psychodynamic, relational-cultural strategies while being mindful of systemic influences on behavior, functioning, and experiences. I specialize in borderline personality disorder, PTSD, women's issues (post-partum depression/anxiety, pregnancy loss, empty nest issues, and general "mom" issues), and multicultural issues. 

Program Reflections


Some of the best elements of the program involved my education in the theory and practice of psychotherapy and psychological testing.  Further, the ways in which we were encouraged to be flexible in our thinking about psychological difficulties helped to provide me a good base to provide treatment in a variety of settings at a variety of levels of care.  I also appreciated being able to move through the program at a quicker pace than many other programs provide.