Compassionate professional psychotherapy for personal growth.
Contact us at (561) 866-9522
Meena Rao is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of professional experience in counseling children, adolescents and adults. She has operated a private practice for 15 years in Boca Raton, Florida, and for 12 years prior to that in Connecticut.
Meena has a BA from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a highly effective clinical approach to the treatment of trauma-related mental health problems.
Meena enjoys counseling people of diverse backgrounds and has considerable experience in working with varying nationalities, ethnicities, ages and sexual orientations. She believes that when people are understood in their own unique context, therapy can be customized to their specific needs, leading to more positive outcomes.
We are the product of our genetic and cultural heritage and of our life experiences. These are the forces that shape our identity and sense of self-worth. Sometimes, setbacks like traumatic events or chronic stress can undermine our confidence, optimism and ability to cope. This may lead to depression, anxiety or other distressing symptoms.
When this happens, an experienced and compassionate professional can help us rediscover our strengths, set new goals and learn more effective coping skills. Overcoming life’s challenges can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves and a closer connection with those we love.
Individual therapy is most effective for people of all ages who are motivated to improve their self-awareness and learn more effective strategies to accomplish their personal goals. Family therapy can help in understanding the context of behavioral and emotional challenges. Including a partner, spouse or children in therapy sessions is often very helpful in fostering mutual understanding and support. It also allows us to focus directly on improving specific relationships that may have become overly stressed or fractured.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful approach that has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. It is based on the understanding that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it ordinarily does. One moment becomes “frozen in time” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells and feelings haven’t changed. The traumatized brain has not been able to process the incident. Consequently, such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
EMDR is a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. During EMDR the therapist works with the client to identify specific problems they want to work on and any distressing memories associated with them. Following an established protocol, the client calls to mind each memory while the therapist facilitates the directional movement of the eyes or other dual attention stimulation of the brain. This allows the brain to process the memory in a new and productive way so that by the end of the session, most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance and a new understanding of the incident or problem being worked on.
EMDR was developed more than 25 years ago by psychologist Francine Shapiro and since that time many controlled studies have consistently found that it effectively decreases/eliminates the symptoms of post-traumatic stress for the majority of clients. Clinicians have also found EMDR to be effective for other mental health problems such as panic attacks, complicated grief, phobias, eating disorders, performance anxiety, chronic stress, addictions pain disorders and sexual and/or physical abuse. Many professional health and mental health organizations recognize EMDR as an effective treatment for PTSD, anxiety and depression, including the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization.
Note: The above is based on information published by the EMDR International Association. To learn more about EMDR please visit www.emdria.org
“Having struggled with anxiety and depression since I can remember, I have spent many years searching for the right fit with a therapist. I was referred to Meena in the wake of a personal tragedy and have been a patient of hers now for over two years. Meena’s office is a safe and calming environment and her insightfulness, knowledge and understanding of human nature have helped me to learn about myself, understand my thoughts and behaviors, and build confidence in myself and my choices.”
“I struggled with PTSD after the death of my parents for many years. The circumstances of their deaths left me feeling overwhelmingly sad and guilt-ridden. Meena suggested we try EMDR and for the first time in 16 years I could think about my parents without feeling intense pain and guilt. We also worked on my anxiety about an upcoming trip abroad. We used EMDR to prepare me for anxious situations that might arise. When I left on the trip I felt confident and prepared and had a great time! I would recommend EMDR to anyone who is dealing with a painful memory or an anxious situation. Of course, I would recommend Meena who has helped me in so many ways throughout the years.”
"The day I was referred to Meena Rao who introduced me to EMDR has given me my life back. Under her direction and a lot of introspection, I have worked to recapture my self-worth & begin to understand the "why" so I can start to live a happy and rewarding life again. I would highly recommend her; for her knowledge of EMDR and her ability to assist a person in their quest for closure to issues."
Your first appointment will last a full 60 minutes and will be billed at $150. Subsequent sessions will last 50 minutes and will be billed at $135 a session. Payment is expected at the time of service. Payment in cash or by check is preferred although credit cards are accepted with an additional transaction fee. Meena accepts Medicare and some private insurances. Please contact us at (561) 866-9522 for additional information.