Optum Behavioral Health
Monika Sharma, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Founder
Since watching the documentary, “Supersize Me,” I’ve developed a passion for holistic health and wellness. When I watched the film, I was working in a therapeutic high school where nearly every student was on a cocktail of psychopharmaceutical medications. I began to wonder…if we could detox these students from their prescription meds and from their alcohol/drug use, and ensure they had a proper night’s sleep, nutritious whole foods, affection, and warm guidance…would these students be in need of medication to stay focused, regulate their moods, and manage their behaviors?
Thus, I began a journey to learn more about healthy lifestyle behaviors and alternatives to a “quick fix” solution. I believe we each have the power to heal ourselves rather than fall prey to too-good-to-be-true promises, become dependent on meds, or surrender our power to another person rather than learning to trust ourselves.
I graduated from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2000. Since that time, I became certified as a holistic health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition at Columbia University's Teachers College, trained in hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and supervised clinical psychology doctoral students at the college counseling center of the International Academy of Design and Technology since its inception in 2004. I have also taught graduate-level courses at Argosy University in Chicago and served on the Board of Directors for Apna Ghar (Our Home), a domestic violence agency in Chicago, and Indus Women Leaders, a national mentorship program for South Asian Women.
I am a fond believer in the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) model for creating a rich and meaningful life. In a nutshell, ACT integrates eastern and western philosophy to promote awareness of the present moment, open up and accept our experiences for what they are, and ACTively move toward a life of purpose without having to first change our thoughts and feelings. In order words, ACT invites you to learn how you can live in the best version of yourself, even when challenged or struggling, so that you can acheive a life worth living!
NVision You, LLC, has been the culmination of my training and passion for personal power and vitality in life. Envision all that you can be in your relationships, your health, your career, your future…NVision You!
To date, my 40’s have been my favorite decade because (1) I’m young enough to still have energy, (2) I’m old enough to have the wisdom and resources to know how to best use it, and (3) I stopped giving a f*** about what other people think and gained the courage to LIVE MY LIFE! So I decided to break tradition and have a child on my own as a Single Mother by Choice using an anonymous donor. Best. Decision. EVER!!
"Monika is AMAZING. I'm almost hesitant to leave her a nice review for fear I'll never get an appointment. Alas. Monika's the best."