Shawn Makadia, Ph.D.
Doctoral Resident and Psychological Assistant
Dr. Dushyant “Shawn” Makadia is a doctoral fellow and registered psychological assistant who received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University. His clinical training includes positions at Stanford University Medical Center, community and inpatient mental health centers, and multiple VA facilities, including a pre-doctoral internship at the Loma Linda VA Medical Center. Dr. Makadia specializes in working with adults struggling with various mental health issues, including trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, addictions, and men’s issues. He is a compassionate and skilled therapist who uses a wealth of evidence-based approaches to treatment, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD, Cognitive Behavioral Analysis Systems of Psychotherapy (CBASP) for Chronic Depression, and Mindfulness.
Dr. Makadia is committed to providing his clients with the highest quality care, through an individualized and personally tailored approach. By emphasizing safety, acceptance, warmth, and humor, he effectively incorporates empirical modalities with practicality and accessibility. He works collaboratively with his clients to understand and meet their specific needs by helping them access the resources to improve their mental health. Dr. Makadia is a caring and experienced therapist who provides the support and guidance you need to overcome your challenges and live a meaningful, healthier life.
In his spare time, Dr. Makadia enjoys traveling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, archery, riding motorcycles, reading, and exploring restaurants in the city.
- Substance Abuse
- Confidence / Self Esteem
- Cultural Issues / Racial Trauma
- Grief & Bereavement
- Life Transitions
- Peak Performance / Executive Coaching
- Performance Anxiety
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sexual Trauma
- Sleeping Problems
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Existential Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Trauma-Focused CBT
- Individual (Adult)
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Talking with a therapist can help you feel listened to and validated. Sometimes, just talking can help to lighten your mental load so you can think more clearly about your next steps under the guidance of a trained mental health professional.
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Yes, Dr. Makadia is fluent in Gujarati.
Culture and language can be intertwined. Speaking your native language in a therapy setting can help you feel more understood and empowered. Language can be deeply personal and allow you to explain how you feel more effectively, which is crucial in a therapy setting.
The words you use are important in therapy. When your therapist understands you without you having to explain further, it can help to establish trust and understanding, allowing you to feel more open. Whether it’s language or slang terms you use in your community or culture, verbal communication and understanding are key in therapy.
Dr. Makadia has years of experience treating Gujarati-speaking patients. He understands that seeking help in many cultures can be hard and focuses on guiding people from all backgrounds to overcome obstacles and address mental health concerns.
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