I am away starting December 1st to the 15th, 2020. May we bring compassion and authenticity to who we are and offer it to others.

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Integrative Approach

Support To Make a Difference

Namaste, and Greetings!


Stressed, anxious and feeling overwhelmed? This is Dr. Lavanya Devdas, licensed psychologist in Doylestown, PA. Depression, anxiety, and stress are frequent experiences that we go through. Moreover, life changes and transitions, relational losses, immigration, awaiting your visa status can add additional layers of uncertainty. This can impact who you are, and increase doubts about where you want to be. I use a compassionate, relational approach to explore what is distressing you (e.g., anxiety, depression, stress), uncover early relational patterns, and use concrete, specific strategies for coping, depending on your needs, values and the context in which you live. I also provide group sessions on stress management, mindfulness, cultural adjustment, and relationships. I give presentations on culturally sensitive approaches (e.g., work culture) to working with diverse populations.

Consultation: Individual sessions, workshops and presentations

  • Stress management

  • Intersecting identities

  • Adjustment among international students

  • Mindfulness

  • Working with immigrant & refugee populations.

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A Community Lens: Public Speaking & Consultation

Being an avid public speaker, I was a panel speaker on mental health and religious diversity, and considering the contexts when working with immigrant and refugee populations from a feminist lens. Other topics of presentation include but not limited to:

  • International students' challenges and opportunities in the U.S. educational system

  • Stress management and mindfulness

  • Perceived discrimination by international students.

  • Inter-generational family conflict among immigrant and refugee families

  • Cultural values conflict among South Asian men in the U.S.

  • Coping among communities of color amidst systemic stressors

  • Community consultation and intervention specialist at Cornell University (2018-2019): Consultations on working with challenging mental health concerns among students to faculty and staff on campus.

Integrating my Philosophy into Therapy

Engaging in personal growth and challenges can feel daunting. I create a compassionate, warm space and strive for a collaborative therapeutic relationship through which I examine contradictory thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and values that create a dissonance. Whether it is your profession, your relationships, or anything else that is important to you, I can help you develop the skills to effectively deal with the challenges you may encounter in life.

My Journey towards being a Therapist

I am a licensed psychologist (PA and NY) who navigates two cultures (U.S. based Western culture and the Asian Indian culture), and focuses on individual and group therapy on stress management, anxiety, depression, relational concerns and transitions in life. Simultaneously, my background in social work helps me adopt a systems lens when working with different cultures, families and international students (Age: 18 years and above), to assist with transitional and cultural adjustment, acculturative stress. Among families, often individuals who are first and second generation experience inter-generational family conflict, and navigate two or more cultures and sets of expectations. Through the therapeutic relationship, and a warm compassionate space, I assist people through self-exploration, values that make up their identity/identities, and specific, concrete strategies while considering the context/culture in which they live. I take great pride in the progress and success of my clients, and look forward to helping you. Get in touch to learn more.

Wandering Traveler

Individual Therapy:

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Depression

  • Relationships

  • Cultural adjustment

  • Life transitions

  • Identity/intersecting identities

  • Grief and loss

  • Work life balance

  • Immigrant challenges

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Group Therapy:

  • Mindfulness

  • Stress management

  • Cultural and college adjustment 

  • Anxiety

  • Coping skills 

Couples Therapy:

  • Communication challenges

  • Differences in values

  • Lack of connection to one another

  • Infidelity

Other ways I provide service:       Tele-health Therapy

PA and NY

Sometimes, it can be hard to travel because of health, personal, or other reasons. I am a licensed psychologist in PA and NY and can offer video counseling using a HIPAA-compliant platform that can be accessed on your computer or smart phone, both in PA and NY.


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Asking questions is very important. Below you will find a compilation of the most common questions I have been asked about the services I provide. If you still have questions after reading through the FAQs, please give me a call (267-652-0467) or send me an email (drdevdas@inner-refuge-counseling.page) and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please note that I do not provide emergency services, so if you are experiencing a crisis or emergency please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency.

Fees, Insurance and Appointments

What are your fees?

What is consultation?

Can I book an intake session?

What are your fees for group therapy?

There is a $20-30 fee per group therapy session. Number of sessions depends on the type of group.

Payment methods: Cash, check, visa, master card only.

Do you take insurance?

Cancellation policy

I do not accept insurance plans. However, I will provide a receipt once a month that clients can submit to their insurance company.

Clients are expected to notify me at least 24 hours in advance in case of he/she/they are not able to make it to the appointment or need to cancel. Clients who do not show up for their appointment and have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance will be required to pay the full cost of the scheduled session.

Initial evaluation and intake session (One hour and 30 minutes): $140

Individual therapy session (50 minutes): $120

Couples therapy: $130



Payment methods: Cash, check, visa, master card only.

Yes, you can book an intake session by filling out the schedule a session below, or contacting me at 267-652-0467 or drdevdas@inner-refuge-counseling.page

Consultation is a one-one-one or group session that is brief, and offers a solution focused approach to a concern/concerns you may be experiencing in the present. 

Consultation session (45 minutes): $110


Payment methods: Cash, check, visa, master card only.

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