"Pooja is the best therapist on this planet. She really sets up a plan for you to win and cope with life. She listens to you and she sets a plan for you. I have recommended family members to her, when they are ready to start their healing journey. I am grateful for her helping me through the darkest moment of my life and for a therapist who is all about providing tools to get through the ups and downs of this journey."

"I would recommend my therapist to everyone on the planet. Just imagine having someone who actually listens and giving you tools to make it through life. Understanding, staying present and having grace for their patient's wellbeing. Yes, Pooja is the best."

Pooja Ganatra, LCSW-A, LCAS-A is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate, and an EMDR Basic Trained Therapist, with a deep commitment to delivering evidence-based care to individuals facing addiction and mental health challenges. Pooja sees clients both in-person and virtually at Avance Care in Raleigh, NC.

Pooja graduated from North Carolina State University in 2019, earning her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and later again in 2022, with her Master of Social Work (MSW). During her time as a Master’s student, Pooja focused on Addiction Counseling through the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP), allowing her to specialize in psychotherapy work with those suffering from substance use issues.

Her clinical experience has varied through her many years in this field, working with a wide range of clients from different age groups and various settings including intensive in-home, partial hospitalization, in-patient psychiatric hospitals, and outpatient. She specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, ADHD, behavioral issues, stress and anxiety, mood disorders, substance use, and multicultural issues, particularly among individuals navigating the complexities of living within both Asian and American cultures.

With a comprehensive background in Polyvagal Theory, Ego States therapy, and foundational skills in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), she is well-equipped to address a wide range of mental health concerns.EMDR therapy has been shown to produce transformative results for many clients. By addressing the root causes of emotional pain and helping you reprocess distressing memories, we can create a pathway to a more fulfilling and balanced life.

She believes in meeting her clients where they are while working collaboratively with them to define and achieve their goals. Her therapeutic approach is tailored to each individual, utilizing a Biopsychosocial Model. This model examines the biological, psychological, and socio-economic aspects of each client’s life, recognizing the interconnectedness of these factors in addressing ongoing challenges. Empowerment is at the core of her practice. She utilizes a strength-based perspective that empowers clients to become more self-reliant and apply the skills learned in therapy to real-world situations. She is adept at tailoring therapeutic interventions to address the complex interplay between the nervous system, trauma, and addiction while offering her clients a comprehensive and compassionate approach to healing and growth. She is dedicated to fostering holistic healing and personal growth while ensuring the well-being of her clients.

Pooja is from Charlotte, North Carolina. In her free time, she can be found spending quality time with her cats and friends, cooking, reading, creating art or puzzles, spending time studying topics that interest her or riding her motorcycle. She also enjoys eating delicious food, watching movies/shows, and listening to music.

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