I was born in Mumbai, India and shortly thereafter my family immigrated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where I lived a good part of my adolescent life. I moved back to Mumbai for four years to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. It was at this stage of my life’s journey that I discovered a big part of myself, having to function and live independently in a city of 13 million faces! lt was a very challenging experience, and I cherish every part of it.

I came to San Francisco in 2002 where I pursued my MA degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California lnstitute of lntegral Studies (CIIS). I then went on to complete my Doctoral degree in East-West Psychology. While working on my doctoral degree, I also worked on attaining my Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license in the state of California. I am particularly interested in exploring and understanding the confluence between psychology and spirituality, especially when it comes to psychiatric “disorders” such as schizophrenia, auditory hallucinations, psychosis, and so on.

I am now returning to Mumbai, India and anticipate this to be a great challenge, for at least the next 6 months. Let’s see what treasures await…


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Akshay Bajpai
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 05:49:09

    Hi Rochelle!

    I love your blog posts. Keep em coming! Can I ask you why you decided to move back to Mumbai from San Francisco? I’m sure you would have had excellent career and growth opportunities in the U.S. with significantly higher salaries (certainly much higher than in India). The reason I ask is that I am also considering moving back to my hometown, New Delhi; but the significant difference in my income is something that is keeping me here. What made you look past this and make the move?

    Looking forward to hearing your insight!

    Akshay B.


    • Dr. Suri
      Sep 13, 2012 @ 17:06:16

      Hi Akshay – quick response: My husband and I felt that the economy in the USA was crashing, and while we both did have good jobs, we were not sure for how long our jobs would sustain itself. Plus, we wanted to start a family and be closer to home, as we already owned a flat in Mumbai. I started my private practice in Mumbai, which is doing really well in a span of 2 months of moving to Mumbai. So we really researched our respective fields before moving here – hard decision, but so far it’s panning out well – still miss SF with all my heart! And thanks for your appreciation of my blog. Good luck with your process, if you decide to move – Rochelle


  2. ruchira bhatia
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 20:30:52

    Hi Dr. Suri, have started following your blog quite recently, and I absolutely love it! The unique global-yet-Indian perspective you bring to your posts is very refreshing, plus your sheer prolificacy is to die for!
    Needed to discuss something specific with you; I was wondering if there’s any way we could connect?
    Do let me know, thanks!


  3. Tina Aggarwal
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 11:19:54

    Hi Rochelle,

    I am so excited to come across your blog. I am from India too though have been living in California since the last 7 years. I am currently pursuing my MFT degree here and just started the practicum part of it.

    As there is always an option of moving back to India for folks like us, I was searching for someone who was a licensed MFT from CA and now living in India.

    How are you practicing in INdia now? I have a lot of questions and was wondering you would be open to talking via email. My email address is taggarwal@scu.edu and would love to hear from you.

    Tina Aggarwal


    • Dr. Suri
      Aug 21, 2013 @ 18:42:03

      Hi Tina,
      I’d be happy to help answer any of your questions about life in India as a psychologist. Feel free to email me directly – email address is on my website. The sky is the limit, if you are a good professional.


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