Dr. Vara Saripalli
Hello! I’m Dr. Vara Saripalli, a Licensed Psychologist in Chicago. I specialize in helping perfectionists and high achievers who are struggling with burnout and overwhelm.
But my story doesn’t start there. Originally from the Detroit area, I moved to India when I was ten and lived there until I completed my undergraduate degree in engineering. I moved back to the U.S. for a summer internship at Chrysler and then onto a “real job” at Ford Motor Company. The only problem with this shiny grown-up job was that I was bored and miserable. I made the exciting decision to become an actuary (spoiler alert–not exciting at all). After passing three actuarial exams, I found myself filled with dread in the morning as I went to my new job at an insurance company instead of feeling excitement for my new career. I decided it was time to think about what I really wanted to do and stop doing what I "should" do.
Loads of reading, soul-searching, and therapy later, I realized that more than anything, I loved listening to people and helping them discover what they really wanted and how they actually feel. I felt ready to take the plunge into a new career and quit my job to start my Doctoral Degree in Psychology. From there everything proceeded smoothly without any hiccups, and here I am!
Not. I had a baby in the middle of graduate school, wrote my dissertation, somehow fit in all my training hours, and completed my degree, while juggling being a new parent at the same time. Always the high achiever, I decided this was the perfect time to launch a private practice and learn how to run my own business right in the middle of the toddler terrible twos.
As I followed my passion and set goals for myself, I created my own roadmap based on my priorities. My own way of balancing it all and achieving what I wanted for my life. No more what I should do's!
One thing became very clear to me: I knew I wanted to help people figure out how to change their lives for the better, without feeling overwhelmed, exhausted or burned out in the process.
I want to show you a different way. A way that enables you to continue producing at your usual high standards while leaving room for family, friends, and fun.
When not at work, I love to travel (not so much at the moment), read – especially science fiction and biographies – and watch movies where stuff gets blown up.
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