Nimalee is a clinician with over 7 years of experience in the mental health field. Her areas of specialization include: mood and anxiety disorders, personality pathology, substance use, complex trauma, and multicultural treatment. She has served on treatment teams across the continuum of care from the psychiatric emergency room to outpatient treatment, and also a comprehensive spectrum of psychopathology from relationship distress to severe mental illness. Nimalee is robustly experienced in evidence-based treatment modalities such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She also draws upon psychodynamics and attachment theory in her conceptualizations, and incorporates Motivational Interviewing techniques into her work in order to allow for exploration and resolution of ambivalence toward change.
Nimalee holds a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor of arts in Criminology, Law & Society with a minor in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Irvine. Additionally, she has completed three years of her doctorate in clinical psychology at Pepperdine. She received her doctoral training in the Dual Diagnosis department at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, at Union Rescue Mission–Los Angeles’ oldest and largest homeless shelter, and through Pepperdine’s Psychological and Educational Clinic in West Los Angeles. Nimalee also conducted adult and pediatric neuropsychological assessments within a private practice. These distinct training experiences have contributed to her commitment to addressing clients’ varied psychosocial needs in a culturally syntonic manner. She is continually humbled at the opportunity to work with clients that reflect the diversity of Southern California.
Nimalee has also presented at national conferences regarding the effectiveness and efficacy of evidence-based treatments such as CBT, DBT, ACT and CBASP for individuals receiving services in a community mental health setting. As Chief Research Assistant and Lab Manager at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, she studied factors contributing to fidelity to the CBT model in the pilot phase of the largest dissemination of CBT training in history, involving over 2,000 Department of Mental Health clinicians and their patients. Her research has also evaluated the co-occurrence of Borderline Personality Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the barriers to diagnosis among clinicians. Her most recent research applies a shame-based model in examining the effect of gender on cultural stigma toward mental illness and treatment seeking among South Asians.
As a Certified Rape Crisis Advocate at Valley Trauma Counseling Center (now Strength United), Nimalee also acquired extensive experience in crisis intervention, risk assessment, and effective implementation of sexual assault prevention and early intervention programs for those who have experienced sexual and intimate partner trauma. In conducting these outreach programs, she came to a better understanding of the value of equipping community members with psychoeducational resources, as family and friends are often a crucial first point of contact for those at risk.
At Resolutions Therapeutic Services, Nimalee provides individual case management and DBT skills training, facilitates an ACT group, and serves as liaison between the treatment team, RTC teen clients, and their families. She enjoys working within the context of a multidisciplinary integrative care system as she values client-centered, individualized treatment that utilizes empirically supported interventions. Her experience working with college students with learning differences has instilled in her an appreciation for advocacy, and more importantly, for providing the support necessary to help teens and young adults gain the confidence to advocate for themselves.