Gauri Saxena, Ph.D.
Psychologist
Maternal Health Specialist

Gauri Saxena, Ph.D.

Dr. Gauri Saxena, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Saxena has a deep appreciation for individuals who choose to seek therapy – taking this step requires bravery and courage, and her aim is to honor these traits throughout the therapy process. The therapeutic relationship is essential to success in therapy, and Dr. Saxena strives to cultivate a strong, supportive, and warm working alliance.

At Harbor, Dr. Saxena’s clinical specializations include maternal health, eating disorders, and trauma. Dr. Saxena has additional clinical interests in cross cultural and acculturation concerns, life transitions, and stress management. She is currently collaborating with Harbor’s psychiatric specialists to develop a Maternal Health Program, catered to pregnant/postpartum patients experiencing mental health concerns.

Dr. Saxena attended Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City and graduated magna cum laude with a major in Psychology. She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and completed her dissertation on perinatal mental health, with research conducted jointly between the Clinical Psychology department and the Prevention and Community Health department in GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. Prior to joining Harbor, Dr. Saxena held leadership roles in university counseling centers and worked in telehealth companies. She also works as a consulting psychologist in the tech and media industry, with clients including Google, YouTube, Clubhouse, NBC, USC, angel investors, and think tanks.

Dr. Saxena utilizes an integrative approach in therapy; three areas Dr. Saxena often focuses on with clients include:
● Utilizing “data” to make small shifts that, over time, add up to life changing results. Becoming better able to read and understand personal data including emotions, body / sensations, thoughts, and behaviors ultimately results in shifts that allow for improved quality of life.
● Understanding the forces within self / around us that contribute to patterns & wellbeing. These include family, social, societal, and cultural dynamics, and results in greater understanding of, and compassion for, oneself.
● Recognizing own power and strengths. Honesty with oneself – not just about weaknesses but also strengths – is crucial to improving our relationship with self and others, and also results in a sense of empowerment and capability to achieve goals.

Dr. Saxena works with clients in an equal partnership to best determine needs for therapy, including areas of focus, length of time in therapy, and goals for treatment. She encourages collaboration with psychiatry and medical care, if a client is receiving any concurrent services from additional providers. Dr. Saxena believes deeply that we are all capable of growth, compassion, and connection, and is honored to help others share their stories and recognize their own power.

Grace Kwon, DO
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Erin Benesch, DO
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G. Mustafa Surti, MD
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Anthony Mele, Psy.D.
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Dina Zayat, Psy.D.
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Debra Hadden, Psy.D.
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Nicole Mantegna, Psy.D.
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Kelly D. Krueger, Psy.D.
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Natalie Do, Ph.D.
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Gauri Saxena, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Maternal Health Specialist

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Michelle McGuire Psy.D.
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Mimi Amaral, Psy.D.
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Amanda Nelson, PA-C, PMH-C
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Tannaz Jourabchian, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Ando Muneno, PA-C
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Lauren Dunn, PMHNP-BC
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Morgan McClafferty, PA-C
Physician Assistant
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Danichi Yoshida, PA-C
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Olivia DeFilippo, PMHNP-BC
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Max Kupferman PA-C
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Darrell Deguzman, PMHNP, FNP
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Nimisha Jain, PA-C
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Sarah Rezaee, PMHNP-BC
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Dariya Pak PMHNP-BC

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Mark Anantiyo, PA

Physician Assistant

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