As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Desai's clinical practice includes behavioral health consultation, family therapy, trauma-informed therapy, multicultural-informed therapy, psychological evaluations, citizenship testing, evaluations for court, mental health/chemical dependency counseling, and health psychology. He works with adults, children, and adolescents. Dr. Desai believes in providing multicultural care in order to create a place of nurturance, healing, and growth so individuals can achieve their maximum potential.
Dr. Desai's hobbies include running, kite flying, cooking, language circles, and traveling. He is fluent in multiple languages such as Hindi and Gujarati. He travels abroad on a yearly basis as part of his self-care, exploring different countries.
Dr. Desai considers himself an integrative therapist, drawing from different schools of thought such as Multicultural Therapy, Attachment Therapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, and Systems Theory.
Dr. Desai's Areas of Interest Include:
- Individual and group therapy for adults
- Family therapy
- Psychological Evaluations for: ADHD, learning disabilities, assesment of emotion and cognitive functioning, personality assesments, and court-ordered evaluations for adults, children (10 +), & adolescents
- Citizenship testing
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Brief and solution-focused psychotherapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) - Individual & Group
- Long-term trauma therapy
- Multicultural therapy
- Wellness development therapy: diet and exercise
- Therapy related to specific populations: LGBTQ, African American, & Asian American issues
- MI/CD counseling
- Anger management
- Diagnostic clarification
Educational Background and Professional Activities
Dr. Desai received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from California Lutheran University, and received his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and his Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.
Dr. Desai is an active member of the Minnesota Psychological Association. He completed his clinical training at a private practice conducting neuropsychological evaluations with adults and children and conducting therapy at a residential tratment facility. Dr. Desai completed his pre-doctoral internship at Health Point, a medical clinic in Seattle, Washington, where he worked with a variety of populations such as victims of war, refugees, and individuals with complex medical challenges. He completed a 2-year fellowship in Addiction and Integrative Medicine at Northern Integrated Health. Furthermore, Dr. Desai spent one year at the Program of Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota doing research to start a group for friends and loved ones of individuals who identify as transgender. Dr. Desai spent over 16 years working at Hennepin County Health and Human Services, where he worked in departments such as Parental Fees, Economic Assistance, and Child Support. He also currently an adjunct professor at University of Minnesota teaching a course in diagnosis and treatment interventions.
Dr. Desai can be reached by calling the Natalis office at 651-379-5157, ext. 970.
He is a provider for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Plus, HealthPartners, HealthPartners PMAP, Cigna, Medicaid, Medicare, Medica PMAP, Preferred One, UBH/UBC/Medica, and UCARE.
Please inquire at 651-379-5157 option 1 if you don’t see an insurance plan listed for this provider.