Renu K. Aldrich is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) with a PhD in Human Development from Virginia Tech, where she studied the impact of anxiety on spiritual minorities. An AAMFT Approved Supervisor and a former clinical professor, she is currently in private practice in Northern Virginia and is also licensed in New York.

Proud to be the daughter of immigrant parents from India and a native New Yorker, Renu began her professional career in journalism working for media outlets such as The Associated Press and The Boston Globe. Moving into executive roles in communications, she utilized public relations, internal communications, and marketing to increase the success of individuals as well as corporate, non-profit, and academic entities. She was previously managing director and head of communications for Bear Stearns’ global Fixed Income Division.

Renu’s personal journey has been immersed in experiential therapies and indigenous healing activities, leading her to make meaning out of adverse experiences by becoming a healer. She works with individuals, couples, and families, including children, with a range of interpersonal issues reach their goals and improve their relationships. To best serve adult survivors of developmental trauma and others with PTSD, she has invested in over 90 hours of extra professional trauma training. She became an LMFT to provide systemic therapy because she believes dysfunction resides in relationships and not in people. Renu continues to study how a family perspective benefits immigrant families with intergenerational trauma who come from countries with collectivist perspectives. Among her related interests are identity construction, mindfulness-based practices, and experiential strategies such as poetry therapy. Personally, her interests include spiritual endeavors, gardening, meditating, and swimming.

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Psychology Today profile