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Ravnoor Sahni, MBBS

Who I am as a Therapist

As a therapist, my goal is to deeply understand and connect with you and your lived experiences. I strive to create a safe and a brave space in therapy, where I can invite you to be your most authentic self. I aim to do that by being genuinely curious, honestly transparent and openly empathetic. I believe that we thrive in relationships. However, navigating multiple relations, social systems, cultural beliefs and societal norms can oftentimes be challenging and seeking help can make us feel vulnerable. I am here to tell you that seeking therapy is an act of courage and shows commitment towards your personal and relational wellbeing. 

We all hold multiple intersecting identities, based on our age, gender, ability, socioeconomic class, race/ethnicity, nation of origin/immigration status and sexual orientation. Some of these identities afford us privileges and power in the society while others can be marginalized and oppressed. As a person owning multiple minoritized identities, I understand why some of us have to build walls around ourselves to feel safe from relational injuries and systemic traumas. It might feel unsafe to take down this wall but that is exactly what I will invite you to do, brick by brick during sessions, at a pace that feels safe yet challenging. I would understand if that protective wall comes back up after the session. Sometimes that wall is necessary for coping with past and present injuries. Feeling seen, heard and understood in a non-judgmental and a compassionate way is one of the best ways to heal, grow and connect. Our conversations in therapy will organically include your identities, beliefs, family history and your lived experiences. When we get to those vulnerable places, that have either never been explored, or have been sealed shut due to shame, sadness, fear or anger, I will be by your side as a collaborative guide. I will shine light on your inner strength and resilience as you experience new ways of being and relating. This is also my approach with couples and families.

I am a first generation, multicultural, multilingual (English, Hindi and Punjabi) Indian American Woman of Color. My personal lived experiences, my background in medicine and my professional training in family systems approach all inform my therapeutic style. My approach is conversational, client centered, strength based, trauma informed and culturally sensitive. I draw from Socio-Emotional Relational Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Intergenerational Family Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. I also tailor each session based on what works for you and your family, chosen or biological, as I believe that each individual, couple and family is unique. I utilize a decolonizing, intersectional, body positive and an anti-oppressive lens in therapy and operate from a framework of relational equity and social justice. I am inclusive towards all race/ethnicities, gender, sexual and relational orientations. I am passionate about centering and working with individuals, couples and families from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and other historically marginalized communities. 

Training and Education

I received my Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India. Post medical school, I have worked and volunteered in a variety of clinical and outpatient settings. My educational background in the medical field provides me an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology and biopsychosocial factors that impact our mental wellness. I have volunteered as a facilitator of peer grief groups and have assisted in providing recreational support to children with complex medical needs. Currently, I am a graduate student intern in the Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy program at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling.  I am also a Brainspotting Practitioner (trained in phase 1) and am on track towards full certification.

Who I am When I’m not Being a Therapist

I cherish spending time with my family. I enjoy taking long walks with my husband and our dog, exploring the lush green surroundings of the Pacific Northwest. Being out in nature always grounds me and provides me with a space for self-reflection. I love playing board and card games with my children and am always on the lookout for new fun games. I spend many hours getting lost at a book store and you will seldom see me without a book in my hand. I love exploring coffee shops and finding a cozy nook there to journal. I love to travel and learn about other cultures and traditions. Diversity in landscapes, language, culture, beliefs and traditions has always intrigued and fascinated me. The kitchen is truly the heart of my home as I enjoy cooking and connecting with family and friends over meals. I am learning to snowboard and so far, I have enjoyed it.

Areas of Focus

  • Individual, Couple & Family
  • Relational & Parenting Challenges
  • Life transitions & Adjustment issues
  • Stress, Anxiety & Depression¬†
  • Immigration, Acculturation & Navigating Dual Cultures
  • Racial Trauma & Marginalization
  • Members of BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ Communities¬†
  • Grief, Loss & Bereavement
  • Abuse & Trauma
  • Brainspotting