The South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency (SAHARA) is a non-profit organization providing services to survivors of all forms of abuse in the South Asian community by providing them with culturally-sensitive and linguistically-specific services.

SAHARA’s staff culture is collaborative, respectful, and supportive.  We are a team of professionals who share a mission to serve the victims of our community and empower them to live full and successful lives, free of fear and violence.

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    GITA RAI, M.A., AMFT #110251


    Gita is originally from the Bay Area but is now loving her new home in Southern California! She began working in the South Asian Community in 2015 as an MFT Trainee for a San Francisco based domestic violence clinic where Gita provided linguistically specific counseling services to South Asian survivors of intimate partner violence. She wanted to find a way to help support survivors in which they learn how to empower themselves while still maintaining healthy relationships.

    After many years of working in collaborative settings with psychiatrists and case managers supporting survivors through a variety of work experiences from trauma, mood and psychotic disorders, familial conflict, abuse, and identity integration, in 2019, Gita returned to her passion –working with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault at SAHARA (South Asian Helpline and Referrals) in Artesia, CA.

    In her free time, she enjoys yoga and spending time with her dog, Lily.