Ritu Agarwal M.A.

Psychotherapy Trainee

Psychotherapy Trainee

Ritu is joining CUIMC Mental Health Services for the 2019/2020 academic year as a trainee.  She is a doctoral candidate at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco and expects to defend her dissertation Fall 2019.  She completed her doctoral internship at the University of California at Santa Cruz in Summer 2019.  Trained as a generalist, Ritu’s work focuses on the impact of chronic stress on development.  This entails examining how familial traumas and systemic forms of oppressions can shape biological, psychological, and community dis-ease within and across generations.  She provides integrated psychotherapy and predominantly draws from contemporary psychoanalysis and multicultural theories. Ritu harnesses a strengths-based frame that emphasizes an embodied experience of well-being. Her psychological training involves work with individuals across the life span and their families, but she has especially enjoyed working in postsecondary educational environments in which identity formation is central.  Ritu is in her third year of university counseling and most recently. She identifies as queer, non-binary, and second-generation South Asian-American.


  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant, San Francisco (PsyD expected Fall 2019)
  • B.A., Political Science and Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Northern California Society for Psychanalytic Psychology (NCSPP)
  • Psychanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC)
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)