Mompreneur Dr. Priyanka Upadhyaya, Psy.D, is a clinical psychologist licensed in New Jersey and New York, “with a passion for helping people create and live their best lives.” She’s also a full-time mom and a new practice co-owner with two locations — one in midtown Manhattan and one in Livingston, NJ.

Dr. Upadhyaya helps people transform from the inside out via psychotherapy, coaching and mediation services – both through a HIPAA compliant online/virtual medium and in-person. Therapy is provided in a warm and interactive environment.

She employs evidence-based treatments (CBT, DBT, mindfulness techniques, psychodynamic therapy and more) that are well-known for symptom relief, restoring a sense of wellbeing and reducing overall stress.

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“My clients have benefited by applying skills rooted in the science of change and personal growth to free themselves from the shackles of their symptoms and craft a great quality of life with fulfilling relationships and thriving health,” she says.

Dr. Upadhyaya came to the US as a student soon after the 9/11 attacks and spent the next five years in graduate school at Rutgers University specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma and chronic stress. 

She says that her clinical style evolved from being primarily psycho-dynamic, to the more integrative orientation it is today. In all the positions she held after graduating from her doctoral program at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) Rutgers University, her mission has always been to focus on the whole person’s health and happiness. This evolution in her practice came from a pursuit of yogic breathing practices and mindfulness meditation over the past 11 years. 

“These practices truly changed the way I practice and live,” she adds.

Dr. Upadhyaya offers many types of services in her practice. She says she specializes in helping individuals reclaim their lives from trauma, depression and anxiety, so they can create and live life to the fullest. She shares that many people who appear to be high-functioning adults on the outside, don’t often feel that way on the inside. She helps them re-align themselves through support, guidance and coping skills. 

In addition, Dr. Upadhyaya helps couples who are impacted by major life events including divorce, infidelity, mental illness, major medical illness and loss.

“I help people turn breakups into breakthroughs and healthy ‘second innings,’” she states.

As a working mom who decided to make the move to starting her private practice with a partner, Dr. Upadhyaya says she knows first-hand how hard it can be to find a work-life balance — an issue that she helps many people with. She says she decided to facilitate this change in her own life, so she could be more present in the life of her son, a 10-year-old 5th grader. 

“Now, I can be a part of the PTA, take my son to after school activities and really take the time to watch him grow up,” she says. 

As a working mom herself, she says she really enjoys supporting other working moms. 

“We are all so good at some things, but can also be stressed,” she says. “Working through issues can be empowering for people especially for mompreneurs, who each have their own set of circumstances, issues, obstacles and stressors.”

She also coaches individuals and/or couples going through divorce via mediation, so as to make the process easier on all involved including the children. She strives to provide people with the tools they need to handle their anger and pain, so they can function well at home and at work.

Dr. Upadhyaya, who practices meditation daily, says she often uses integrative mind-body techniques including mindfulness and meditation as tools to help her patients. 

She also runs support groups for people going through divorce, where people can see how others learn to cope and move forward — with the overall goal of mitigating litigation to start planning a more productive life. 

As a modern-day therapist, working with Priyanka is not limited to meeting with her in her office. She says she knows how busy everyone can be and that sometimes having to stop and travel for therapy can be difficult and time-consuming. Recognizing this, she likes to make her services as convenient as possible. Therefore, aside from meeting patients at one of her two offices, she also meets with them at locations they choose and via the internet using Zoom or the like. 

And, Dr. Upadhyaya says it’s important to find the right therapist because not every relationship is a match. To this end, she often provides 15-minute complimentary calls for prospective clients to ensure working together will be a good fit for both.  

“Finding the right therapist can be really intimidating,” she says. “I want the people I work with to be comfortable, so our therapy can have the most impact.”

In addition, one of the other key areas Dr. Upadhyaya integrates her passion for “whole person health” into is employee and workplace health. She leads in-house training, workshops, webinars and “ask the expert” presentations on a variety of topics that include managing stress, depression, anxiety and fostering well-being through mind-body techniques — specifically mindfulness approaches. Her audiences have included NYULMC staff, and employees of NYC corporations.

Aside from her private practice and other endeavors, Dr. Upadhyaya also holds a faculty position at the NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC) where she practices psychotherapy and coaching with clients through a health program for survivors of the 9/11 attacks. And, she provides clinical leadership through supervision and mentoring of early career mental health professionals. 

“As one of the few proponents of mindfulness in mental health treatment and wellness, I lead the trauma-informed training program through a prestigious internship program for doctoral level psychology students,” she says.

She has also collaborated with the CDC and various community partners through social media campaigns for members of the World Trade Center Health Program. In addition, for the past three years, Dr. Upadhyaya has been a speaker and panelist at the VOICES of September 11th Resiliency symposium, as an expert on providing clinical care to those with depression, anxiety and PTSD.

Dr. Upadhyaya has also been featured on Dr. Radio, a NYU Langone Medical Center radio show focused on managing stress and healthy coping.

Her passion for health, wellness, healing from chronic stress and burnout has also culminated in addressing the growing problems that teens and their families face today. She has presented across various school districts in northern NJ on mindful parenting, teen stress and life transitions.

One can tell from the way she speaks about her life and services, that Dr. Upadhyaya really loves what she does and loves helping others.

Dr. Upadhyaya can be contacted at 732-463-9444 or drpriyanka@thrivewm.net.