Anjali Talcherkar, M.A., received her Master’s Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Addiction Studies from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Mind Body Medicine & Integrative Mental Health from Saybrook University. Anjali has collaborated with neuroscientists at UCLA’s Center for Addictive Behavior, investigating how yoga-based relaxation techniques and meditation aid in recovery from addiction. Anjali is also involved in a research project at Harvard University’s Division on Addiction and is a contributor to their weekly online addictions publication, BASIS (Basic Addiction Science Information Source).
Anjali puts her education and experience into practice working with individuals and families afflicted by addiction. She uses a holistic approach to addiction recovery which fuses clinical skills with Eastern mindfulness techniques. Trained as a yoga and meditation teacher with expertise in Ayurveda, she cultivates insight and awareness to facilitate multi-dimensional healing; her aim is to effect spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental transformation in those she helps.
Anjali’s versatility within the field of addiction treatment emanates both from over six years of exposure to various evidence-based treatment programs and from facilitation of both 12 Step and Non-12 Step modalities. Her prior experience includes assisting clients at world-class treatment centers such as, Passages Malibu and DARA Rehab in Thailand. Additionally, Anjali is the Community Co-ordinator of the Addictions Program for The WINGS Project (Well Being, Inner-Peace, Non-Violence, Growth & Success). WINGS is a branch of the International Association for Human Values (IAHV), and addresses two separate high-risk demographics: those who are seeking to live free of the cycle of repeat offenses and prison, and, equally importantly, those who are in recovery from addiction. Her own personal recovery journey also motivates and informs her current work.
Anjali’s blogs have appeared on rehabreviews.com and TheRealEdition.com. She also regularly contributes to Addiction Professional and Fulfillment Daily. Anjali’s forthcoming book acts as both a personal memoir and an Eastern interpretation of Addiction & The Twelve Steps.