“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of us.’ – david richo

About Me

Dr. Angeli Desai, Clinical Psychologist, Los Angeles, CA

As a psychotherapist, I appreciate the profound changes that can come from doing psychodynamic, depth work. Such work can stem from our relationships with ourselves and others. 


My educational background includes a B.A. from the George Washington University in Washington D.C., with a major in Psychology, and then receiving a M.A. in Psychology from New York University. 


I subsequently received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. 


I have resided in many parts of the country, and I can appreciate how culture and diversity impact our upbringing, world views, and personality development. 


In addition to my formal education, I have received specialized training in areas of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, addiction, eating disorders, trauma, and couples therapy. 


This training and expertise allows me to better assist clients with a variety of clinical presentations - multiple issues that coexist and often overlap. 


Overall, I believe in the importance of helping clients stay curious and understanding about their internal and external worlds. In my experience, this process leads to major shifts in relationships, work, and lifestyle. 

Therapeutic Approach

Therapy for relationship problems, mental health issues, and life stress.

My approach is grounded in kindness, openness, and acceptance. I will work to help you develop more insight and understanding of the unconscious material that causes you strife in your life. 


With an increased level of awareness, you can change the way you think, behave, and relate to others, as well as how you relate to yourself. 


I can help you to disengage from unhelpful patterns that have consistently led to emotional pain. 


Unpacking and exploring your underlying issues, can allow you to have more space and freedom to create a more joyous and meaningful life. 


I work with a wide array of emotional and behavioral issues, rendering services that range from treatment for depression and anxiety to addictive behaviors, to couples counseling. 


In a comfortable and safe setting, I aim to offer an individualized approach that is unique to my clients' needs and struggles to help them succeed. 


With relational, depth work, clients can experience healing taking place on multiple levels that can be both experienced and observed.

‘one day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.’ – Sigmund freud