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Vardaan Dua, B.S.


University of Maryland, College Park

Professional Interests

Through my personal experiences and professional roles, I work towards empowering and supporting individuals who hold minority identities and are underrepresented by current systems in place. As a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology, I currently research individual, interpersonal, and institutional systems of power and how these systems impact the mental health and well-being of minority individuals. Most of my work has been centered around the experiences of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or International Students. 

Theoretical Orientation

My approach to therapy is primarily dictated by what best fits with my client and their presenting concerns. As a client-centered therapist, I prioritize allowing my clients to recognize and utilize their strengths to facilitate their healing journey. I collaborate with my clients to develop a warm, empathetic, non-judgmental, and authentic therapeutic relationship. With each client, I recognize that our experiences, well-being, and approach to healthcare is largely informed by our social identities. That being said, I heavily draw from multicultural, feminist, and radical therapy perspectives to help my clients externalize impacts of systemic oppression and internalize liberation and hope. In the therapy room, I specifically enjoy working with clients experiencing social identity-related concerns, relationship events, family-of-origin dynamics, cultural adjustment, identity development, trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. 

Personal Interests

 In my time outside of the SCC, I am most likely spending time with my kittens, Gossip and Mischief, trying new TikTok recipes, planning trips to Target/Trader Joe’s, playing board games, liste