Founder

Rajani Venkatraman Levis is  California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 51494) with a personal and professional interest in the intersections of trauma with race, class, culture, language, privilege, immigration and other facets of diversity. She is the Founder of Levis Therapy, a writer, counselor-educator and a community builder.

She is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in EMDR and a certified EMDR therapist. She has been approved by ATSS as a certified trauma specialist and is a CAMFT certified supervisor.

In her own words:
“Born and raised in India on a RVL bamboosteady diet of eye-opening paradoxes, faith, Chai and conversations that seamlessly switch languages, I bring a richly multicultural perspective to my work as a therapist. I am a child of India whose professional identity has been shaped by a Western education.

Almost two decades of cross-cultural experiences in living, studying and working on two continents have nurtured my flexibility, curiosity and creativity as a therapist. I also believe that a dedicated mindfulness practice, as well as a thoughtful self-inquiry practice allow me to be a compassionate, authentic and nurturing presence in the lives of others.

Education & Areas of Interest
In 2005, I graduated from San Francisco State University with a Masters in Counseling and a dual specialization in School Counseling as well as Marriage and Family Therapy. Since then, I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of individuals, couples and families. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and a Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS). I am an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in EMDR Therapy and a Certified EMDR Therapist. I am a CAMFT Certified Supervisor.

As a lecturer and adjunct faculty member at San Francisco State University, I teach one or two graduate level classes each semester, varying from Group Counseling Process to Human Sexuality. I am strongly connected with a number of bay area community mental health agencies and regularly offer specialized trainings & workshops at agencies and educational institutions.

Some of my Specialized areas of interest include:

  • Individual Identity Exploration
  • Sexuality & Relationships
  • Trauma & Loss
  • Culture & Diversity
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Meditation & Mindfulness
  • Creative Solutions to Everyday Challenges

Languages
Having been raised in a multicultural environment, I am fluent in English, Hindi, Bangla and Tamil with a wide exposure to other Indian languages and Japanese.

International Counseling Experience
In 2006, I led a team of 14 American teenagers on a community service project to a small village in the South of India. In 2009, I organized and led a team that helped to set up a mental health clinic at the Amrita Institute of Medical Science and Research Center in Kochi, India. “Dancing Naked on the Bridge”, a case-study based on my international experience is part of Praeger’s latest three volume Handbook of Community Mental Health Practice. You can read more here.”