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Niralli D’Costa, MA

Antioch University Los Angeles

Niralli D’Costa is an Affiliate faculty in the graduate psychology programs’ Spiritual and Depth specialization. Niralli is a licensed psychotherapist (MFT #54007), certified eco-therapist, teacher, and practitioner of integrative energy healing modality Syntara System. She believes that everything that we need in order to heal and awaken is available to us in the natural world. Niralli draws upon her long-term study of yoga, meditation, and tantra to support people on their spiritual path and healing journey. She is passionate about serving people who have been marginalized, and she sees social justice as central to our collective liberation, healing, and evolution.

Niralli received her MA from the Somatic Psychology department at John F. Kennedy University and has taught at the intersections of social justice, embodied spiritual practice, and nature-based elemental healing at a range of institutions. She has served as adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley, John F. Kennedy University, Syntara System School of Energy Awareness, the Mind Body Therapy Certificate Program at Embodied Philosophy, the Earth Body Institute, and currently serves as affiliate faculty in the Spiritual and Depth Psychology Specialization at Antioch University.

Her essay “Movement of Awakening” was recently published in the book Embodied Resilience Through Yoga and in 2020 she contributed to conversations about embodied healing as a panelist on topics of resilience, trauma, multicultural healing practices, power, privilege, and the integration of somatics and yoga. In 2013, Niralli founded the Oakland Holistic Psychotherapy Center and practiced beyond her Oakland office, outdoors amidst the redwoods, pine, and oaks of the California Bay Area. In 2018, she relocated to the chaparral and beaches of Southern California where she grew up. She currently practices online and looks forward to the day when she can integrate ecological restoration into her therapeutic group work. Niralli has a passion for creating ritual, transformative, and immersive eco-therapeutic experiences for and with her clients.

Educational History

MA in Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University Somatic Psychology Department School of Holistic Studies

BA in Cultural Studies, University of California Los Angeles Department of World Arts and Cultures

Affiliate Faculty,

Spiritual and Depth Psychology Specialization


Courses Taught

Life As Practice: Inner Work, Social Responsibility, and Community Service (PSY5310J)

The Embodied Spirit: Integration of Mind, Body, Brain, and Spirit (PSY594S)

Nurturing the Nurturer: Self Care Techniques to Prevent Burnout for Clinical Therapists (PSY 5240)

Ecopsychology: The Environment and Mental Health (PSY 5430)

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