Raji Shivshanker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Los Angeles. Raji earned her Master’s in Social Work (M.S.W.) from the University of Southern California, where she concentrated her training in Community Organization, Planning, and Administration, and interned for the ACLU of Southern California’s Community Engagement and Policy Advocacy Department.
After graduate school, Raji worked as a community mental health clinician serving transitional aged youth. In 2016, Raji led the startup of the Youth Coordinated Entry System in the San Gabriel Valley, which focused on issues of housing and homelessness for young people exiting foster care and juvenile probation. She co-led Los Angeles’ 100 Day Challenge Team to house 100 youth in 100 days in partnership with L.A. County’s Homeless Initiative and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Raji piloted multidisciplinary housing planning with Los Angeles County’s Juvenile Probation Department and the Department of Children and Family Services as part of her effort to support youth exiting systems of confinement.
In 2017, Raji began her work as a private mitigation specialist and expert witness on capital, Franklin, and transfer cases in Los Angeles County. As a licensed psychotherapist, Raji is trained in somatic and talk therapy modalities and specializes in the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation. Raji’s work and life is informed by her experience growing up in Texas as a bi-racial woman. Raji integrates anti-oppressive practice, multicultural healing traditions, and trauma-informed approaches in her clinical and forensic work.