Renu K. Aldrich, M.A., LMFT, bridges the Eastern and Western worlds as a transpersonal psychotherapist, educator, journalist, and academic researcher. The daughter of immigrant parents from India, Renu is proud to be both a native New Yorker and an Indian-American with a Celtic heart. After working for media outlets such as The Associated Press and The Boston Globe, she became an executive in communications, utilizing public relations, social networks, and marketing to help individuals and companies achieve their professional goals in a variety of fields. She was the head of communications for Bear Stearns’ fixed income division on Wall Street before her personal journey led to a shift professionally to help others heal.
Renu is now a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) with a specialty in developmental trauma, incorporating indigenous healing techniques from the East and experiential strategies from the West such as mindfulness-based practices and poetry therapy. As a doctoral candidate at Virginia Tech, she researches marginalized spiritual populations in an effort to study how communal spiritual activities can benefit trauma recovery and healing. Renu teaches ethics, diversity, and clinical practicum in the graduate MFT program at Mercer University. In addition, she is the assistant editor of the upcomingHandbook of Marital, Couple, and Family Therapy.
Known as the Hindu-Druid, she is the editor-in-chief of Druid Magazine, an online spiritual lifestyle magazine serving the community through her affiliation with the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids. Her deepest wish is to foster a more peaceful world by helping others to love themselves more.