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Archana Jajodia, Ph.D. 

Founder of Mindful Psychotherapy

Licensed Psychologist 
(California and Oregon)


My name is pronounced UR-chuh-nah (Archana) jah-JOH-di-yah (Jajodia). You can call me Dr. J if it is too hard for you to say. I am a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of California (California License PSY23133). I started my career as a software engineer but soon recognized that psychotherapy and helping others was my true calling. I have experienced depression and anxiety myself and consider struggles with psychological problems a normal part of human existence. A regular practice of meditation and mindfulness has helped me in my own life and I encourage my clients to try meditation and mindfulness too. 

Please note that currently my practice is closed to new clients. 

Indian, Immigrant, and Asian Clients are Welcome: I enjoy working with Indians, Asians and people of minority cultures on issues related to being an immigrant, adjustment to the majority culture and/or retaining your cultural identity. I also enjoy working with African Americans, Latinos, and people from the LGBT community. I am fluent in Hindi and Urdu as well as English.


  • Ph.D. and Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with a specialization in treating adults

  • Completed an internship from UCSD/San Diego VA

  • Post-Doctoral Training at USC in Los Angeles

  • Former Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD)  2009-2013

  • Four years experience with veterans at the Veterans Affairs (VA) in San Diego

  • Experience working with students, women, older adults/seniors, LGBT, people from Indian / Asian and other minority cultures, as well as other therapists and mental health practitioners

  • Extensive training in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Mindfulness, and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

  • Completed Level II training and Certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy)

  • B.S. in Computer Engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi)


I was full-time faculty at UCSD in the Department of Psychiatry from 2009 to 2013. I have published psychological research articles on topics of depression and memory, rumination (negative repetitive thoughts), alcohol use, genetics of alcoholism, etc. Links to a few of these articles are available on the Research Articles tab.

Laura Proctor, Ph.D. 

Licensed Psychologist at Mindful Psychotherapy

Dr. J and I came together out of a shared belief in the power of therapy to alleviate suffering and create lasting personal change. I am a licensed clinical psychologist (California License PSY29141). Before I studied psychology, I worked for many years as a journalist and grant writer in Guatemala and Mexico. I integrate evidence-based principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness within a collaborative therapeutic relationship. With this approach, I aim to assist my clients in their ongoing journey to gain self knowledge, increase self acceptance, and navigate transitions. I welcome clients from all backgrounds and communities. I am fluent in Spanish as well as English.


  • Ph.D. and Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles

  • Completed internship at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center

  • Post-Doctoral Training at San Diego State University

  • Research Assistant Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University

  • Experience conducting therapy in Spanish and in English

  • Extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and integrated approaches (developmental, biopsychosocial, positive psychology)

  • B.A. in Literature from UCSD



In addition to my clinical work, I am currently assistant research professor at San Diego State University and research scientist at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) at Rady Children’s Hospital. Since 2004, I have been involved in NIH-funded research on stress, trauma and resilience across the lifespan. Links to some of my research articles are available on the Research Articles tab.

Archana Jajodia, Ph.D.
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