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Licensed Mariage and Family Therapist

One of the key factors of successful therapy is the therapist- client relationship.

It is in the therapeutic relationship that the healing work can begin and where magic can happen!
This relationship is a two-way street where both the client and therapist participate in meaningful and powerful ways...


The Process of Therapy

In working with my clients I have an eclectic approach utilizing a combination of Jungian, transpersonal, psychodynamic, existential and humanistic frameworks. I enjoy working with individuals and couples, as well as working with families. Incorporating Western psychology and Eastern philosophy and traditions, I offer a holistic approach in working with my clients, while also addressing the intricate and important relationship between body, mind, and spirit.

The main premise of my work is to provide a listening ear to my clients, to support my clients on their therapeutic journey, to help them recognize and change negative core beliefs about  themselves, and to participate in their exploration of strengthening and deepening their relationship with themselves and with others.

I also offer Sandplay Therapy, as well as some Expressive Arts Therapy. I possess extensive training in Gero-psychology and work with individuals with dementia, as well as with those individuals who are in the final stage of life.

My area of expertise is in working with individuals with psychosis, specifically schizophrenia. I provide a non-pathological approach to working with clients with this diagnosis.

I also enjoy working with ethnic minorities. Being an ethnic minority myself, I have a deep understanding and appreciation of ethnic populations and the challenges they endure.

About Me

I am presently based in Mumbai, where I have a private practice and collaborate with other psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and school counselors. I was born in Mumbai, India and shortly thereafter my family immigrated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where I lived a good part of my adolescent life. I moved back to Mumbai for four years to complete my Bachelor's degree in Psychology. It was at this stage of my life's journey that I discovered a big part of myself, having to function and live independently in a city of 13 million faces! lt was a very challenging experience, and I cherish every part of it.

I came to San Francisco in 2002 where I pursued my MA degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California lnstitute of lntegral Studies (CIIS). I then went on to complete my Doctoral degree in East-West Psychology. While working on my doctoral degree, I also worked on attaining my Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license in the state of California.

About East-West Psychology
The passage between the East and the West is an important one because of the indisputable relationship between Eastern spirituality and indigenous traditions and Western psychology. The combination of depth psychology, dream analysis, expressive arts therapy, and existential psychology along with mindfulness, spiritual reflection, and Eastern philosophy is a potent way of experiencing the wisdom and possibilities of working with an integrative model of therapy.
Having lived in the East and being educated in the West for considerable periods of time, I am personally aware of the importance and benefits of bridging Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. I also possess the knowledge and experience of providing East-West Psychology through the subtle, yet powerful medium of therapy, allowing an individual to explore and possibly embrace an holistic way of living.


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Dr. Benjamin Tong has maintained for many years a longstanding interest in mind-body health, cross-cultural studies and critical social inquiry.  One of the original group of faculty and students who shut down San Francisco State University in the late 1960s in order to demand creation of the first university-level ethnic studies program.

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