Hello! I'm Dr. Vara Saripalli, a licensed psychologist practicing in downtown Chicago. I was an engineer and actuary in an earlier professional life before becoming a psychologist. I am originally from the Detroit, Michigan area and have also lived abroad in India for several years. These experiences with switching careers and continents were times of change and transition that were both wonderful and stressful. I am privileged to be able to help individuals who are going through similar unexpected turns in life and are feeling off-balance and in need of support.

I view therapy as a collaborative process where we will work together to develop your strengths, and create desired changes in your life. I incorporate mindfulness and behavioral theories with insight-oriented talk therapy. In this way, we will become more aware of your thoughts and behavior patterns, while also working to change those patterns and help you overcome obstacles that are preventing you from reaching your goals. My multi-cultural and multi-professional background gives me a unique perspective on our therapeutic work together.

My areas of expertise include grief and mourning, anxiety, depression, anger management, work stress, fertility struggles, and postpartum challenges. I enjoy working with individuals adjusting to life transitions such as becoming first-time parents, entering mid-life, and retiring.

I have office hours on all weekdays except Tuesday and offer evening appointments on Wednesdays. My office is located in the loop, right next to the State Street Macy's, and is easily accessible by public transportation. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about my work, or for help with finding resources or information. I look forward to hearing from you!