Sonia Kotecha, Therapist in Washington DC — Zencare
Sonia  Kotecha
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Sonia Kotecha

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Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW Master of Social Work, MSW
Washington DC, Virginia, Texas Not Accepting Online

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Updated June 12, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Family issues

Professional statement

Sonia Kotecha is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Washington, DC. She works with adults, primarily those struggling with feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, burnout, and relationship dissatisfaction. Using an integrative approach, Sonia guides clients in examining their expectations of themselves and others, reengaging with their core values in order to deepen interpersonal connections and live a freer and more purpose-driven life.

At the heart of Sonia’s practice is a deep appreciation of the wholeness of each individual. Through her own lived experiences as a South Asian American growing up with immigrant parents, she understands the nuances of belonging, identity, overcoming stigma, and negotiating family and cultural expectations. She helps clients to find a balance between their vision of themselves and outside pressures, carving out boundaries and finding their true voice. By creating space for self-compassion and insightful awareness, Sonia supports clients to let go of their perceived shortcomings and show up with their full strength and resilience.

Sonia has over 18 years of professional experience, from being on the front line working directly with children and families in crisis to leading and managing others in organizational and community-based settings. With an open, flexible, and engaged style, Sonia is dedicated to ensuring that the skills gained in therapy are transferable to clients’ everyday life. Her downtown office is easily accessible from the Red line at Farragut North, and she also welcomes new clients via telehealth.


Message to clients

If you are feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or unsettled, talking to someone on the outside, an objective listener, can be a way to get clarity and put things into perspective. Whether you need guidance to make a change in your life, navigating difficult relationships, to dealing with the pressure to meet expectations - my goal is to help you claim personal power in situations where you feel hopeless, increase your self-awareness, and build your resilience in the face of challenge. I believe in creating a safe and judgement-free zone for you to speak your truth.

Using a collaborative approach, together we will uncover behavior patterns that might be getting in your way. I don't believe in a one size fits all approach. You are unique, and I seek to understand how your life experiences have shaped you. Together, we will identify or customize strategies that work best for you.


Specialties

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Cigna

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (60min)
  • Initial session: $150 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Washington DC)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon By appointment
  • Tue By appointment
  • Wed By appointment
  • Thu By appointment
  • Fri By appointment
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Virginia)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Texas)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am-6pm
  • Tue 8am-6pm
  • Wed 8am-6pm
  • Thu 8am-6pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2020 - Present
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), 2016 - 2019
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Travis County, 2006 - 2016
DC Child and Family Services Agency , 2004 - 2005
DC Child and Family Services Agency, 2001 - 2002
Foundations for Home and Communities

University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work, MSW, 2001
University of Texas at Austin, BA, 1998


Licensure

Washington DC: LC50078139

Virginia: 0904012379

Texas: 36956


Languages

English