Sarah Astarte, Ph.D
Sarah Astarte grew up in Sacramento, California to South Asian parents, and grew up in a multicultural atmosphere. She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she received her B.A. in psychology with a minor in communications. She has a Ph.D. in transpersonal psychology, and an M.A. in psychology, from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. She completed a chaplaincy residency at Stanford Hospital, and is an interfaith minister and chaplain. She has also worked as a hospice chaplain in the East Bay, California. She is a professor of psychology at Contra Costa College, and Diablo Valley College, is a diversity trainer, and facilitates events, rituals and conference presentations in Northern California. Sarah has studied numerous spiritual traditions, has counseled people of many different backgrounds, identifies as bicultural and is fluent in Urdu/Hindi and English. She is a certified Reiki practitioner, intuitive counselor and shamanic healer.
She lives in Sacramento, CA, with her husband, and her cats, Ra, and Oona, and is the proud godmother of two boys. She is an avid reader, and enjoys bellydancing, fire dancing, cooking, and being outdoors. Her work centers around helping her students and clients heal and transform into their most empowered selves. Her first book “The Lover Within: Exploring the Relationship Between Body Image in Adult Women and Archetypes of the Lover” was released in 2010.