Dr. Priyam Talreja is a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow at Columbia Health. Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Talreja completed a pre-doctoral internship at Lenox Hill Hospital with rotations in consult liaison psychiatry, neuropsychology, child and adolescent psychology, as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults. She has also trained at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at Montefiore Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York University Counseling and Wellness Center, the Psychological Services Center at Long Island University, and Heights Hill Outpatient Clinic at South Beach Psychiatric Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Talreja has experience practicing internationally, and has worked at psychiatric clinics in India, Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania.
Dr. Talreja’s research interests have burgeoned from observations of, and questions surrounding clinical experiences, and an inherent curiosity about trauma and resilience literature. She has led several studies exploring subjective experiences of potentially traumatic life events, including physical and sexual abuse, bereavement, and displacement, and the associated protective factors. Dr. Talreja also teaches at the undergraduate and masters level at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus.
Clinically, Dr. Talreja’s professional interests include working with international students; students dealing with difficulties surrounding traumatic experiences of any nature; symptoms of anxiety and depression; difficulties stemming from troubled relationships and complicated family dynamics; as well as bereavement and cultural issues.
Dr. Talreja views the therapeutic relationship as providing the scaffolding to achieve one’s full potential, and resolve symptoms which arise out of unresolved conflicts and anxieties. Dr. Talreja creates a safe, nonjudgmental space where patients can expand their subjective understanding of the unconscious elements which maintain symptoms outside of one’s awareness. Her approach is integrative, and involves both insight oriented treatment, and concrete strategies informed by mindfulness, meditation, and cognitive behavioral therapy.