Gaya Kodiyalam, LMSW

Gaya Kodiyalam is a University of Pennsylvania trained licensed social worker who utilizes strengths-based, trauma-informed, and cognitive-behavioral techniques to help promote healing and wellness.

Gaya Kodiyalam, LMSW

Gaya Kodiyalam, LMSW, MPH
Licensed Social Worker
P: (212) 337-3565 Ext. 12

Monday 8:30AM - 8:30PM
Wednesday 8:30AM - 8:30PM

Teens (13 - 18)
Young Adults (18-25)

"In the face of many obstacles, self-reflection can seem daunting. Psychotherapy can provide the platform for understanding your true self, uncovering your hidden potential, and growing from life's challenges."
Gaya Kodiyalam



  • -    Anxiety and Depression
  • -    Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence
  • -    Physical, Emotional, Sexual Abuse in Childhood/Adolescence
  • -    PTSD and Complex Trauma in Adulthood
  • -    Relationship Issues and Life Transitions

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Safe Spaces

As a licensed social worker and public health professional, Gaya is committed to spreading awareness about how early experiences of trauma and adversity can impact present and future mental and physical health. Her therapeutic approach combines principals of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and other clinical interventions that help individuals gain a deeper understanding of their pasts, generate positive approaches to life, and learn to be present in the moment. She strives towards creating a space in therapy where individuals feel heard, valued, and safe.

Gaya has dedicated much of her career to creating trauma-informed environments within communities. For her public health capstone, she developed a training curriculum for high school educators in a low-income neighborhood in Philadelphia that provided them with psychoeducation on childhood trauma and tangible interventions to be used with students experiencing post-traumatic symptoms in the classroom. Additionally, she currently works at the NYC Mayor’s Office where she manages various initiatives that serve individuals with complex behavioral health needs in the criminal justice system.


Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Public Health (MPH)
from University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology
from Barnard College of Columbia University

Advanced Clinical Training

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training by Joseph J. Peters Institute

45-Hour Domestic Violence Training for Advocates by Women Against Abuse

Greater Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference:

  • -    Trauma 101: An Overview of Trauma-Informed Care Training by Lakeside Global Institute
  • -    Trauma 101: K-12 Education by Lakeside Global Institute
  • -    Trauma 102: Skills-Focused Extension of Trauma Awareness by Lakeside Global Institute
  • -    A Trauma-Informed Approach for Schools and Others Working with Children: Stategies for Regulating the Brain from the Bottom Up by Kathy Van Horn, M.Ed. and Joshua MacNeil, M.Ed.
  • -    Supporting Grieving Students in the Classroom by Meghan Szafran, MS

Recent Clinical Experience

Clinical Intern, Survivor Services at Joseph J. Peters Institute:

  • -    Provided Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to child and adolescent survivors of sexual violence
  • -    Taught body safety and assertiveness training to children with sexually reactive disorders
  • -    Utilized Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to counsel adults with complex trauma histories that included experiences of abuse, substance-use, criminal justice involvement, chronic illness, and loss of a loved one

Domestic Violence Specialist Intern at Women Against Abuse:

  • -    Provided crisis counseling to women experiencing domestic violence and homelessness
  • -    Conducted lethality assessments, created safety plans, provided resource referrals, and coordinated emergency safe haven placements
  • -    Facilitated therapeutic group sessions for children residing in a domestic violence safe haven that focused on creating and maintaining healthy relationships, developing coping skills, and setting boundaries


Licensed Master Social Worker in New York State

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Social Workers



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