Longtime Pro Bono Counseling Project volunteer Prem Bharati Devkota, LCPC, CCH,  was recently awarded the Diversity Achievement Award by the Maryland Counseling Association during their annual conference.  According to MCA Member-At-Large Glenda Dickonson, Bharati was selected for this award for her efforts “to raise mental health awareness and facilitate stress management programs with the Nepalese community and is actively involved with members of the Bhutanese Nepalese communities.”  Bharati’s work has included instructing other Maryland counselors in caring for South Asian populations, facilitating care and training for victims of human trafficking, and for those who support them.

“Bharati has been a volunteer for Pro Bono Counseling since 2013, providing free mental health counseling to many clients in need. Her warm and giving spirit inspires us all,” stated PBCP Executive Director Amy Greensfelder. “We are very excited that she has been recognized by the Maryland Counseling Association for her important work within the Nepalese community.”

Bharati is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in the state of Maryland with more than ten years of experience in integrating homeopathy and various psychotherapy techniques into her practice.

Bharati provides Cognitive Behavior Therapy to treat clinical conditions of anxiety, depression, trauma, stress related health conditions, chronic pain, and fatigue. She is a nationally certified classical homeopath and a registered member of the North American Society of Homeopaths. Additionally, Bharati is an active member of Baltimore Homeopathic Study Group.

Bharati completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Institute of Medicine, Nepal and Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University, Maryland. She provides therapy in English, Nepali, and Hindi.

Since its founding in 1991, the Pro Bono Counseling Project (PBCP), a non-profit 501c(3) corporation, has helped over 30,000 individuals and families throughout Maryland connect with volunteer counselors and obtain the mental health care they could not otherwise afford. Presently, PBCP has over 800 volunteer clinicians all over the state of Maryland who give over 12,000 hours of their time each year.

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