Growing up in India, Sunanda developed a keen interest in mental health especially as it
connected with gender and sexuality issues. After graduating with honors in Psychology in and completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Arts, she gained experience working at the intersection of gender justice and mental health while working at nonprofit organizations. She then took her passion international and came to New York City to earn a Master of Arts and Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College at Columbia University. She completed her internship at The LGBT Community Center in New York, where she also started and co-facilitates a support group for individuals identifying on the asexual and/or aromantic spectrum. She is also currently completing an Advanced Certificate in Sexuality, Women, and Gender Issues in Psychology and Education, with a focus in LGBTQ+ issues at Teachers College.
Sunanda believes in helping to make mental healthcare more accessible to marginalized populations, especially sexual and gender minorities and folx of color; communities who have often needed the most care because of the deep impact of discrimination and marginalization but have had the least access to it. In therapy, Sunanda utilizes an integrative lens, tailoring the approach to what suits her clients best. Her foundations often include a multicultural, feminist, and relational perspective. Sunanda sees therapy as a collaborative process, where the client is the expert in their own experience, and her role is to guide clients’ exploration and to create a safe and comfortable environment to do so. Sunanda has experience working with folx with a history of trauma, especially sexual and gender-based violence, depression, anxiety, as well as identity issues (including, but not limited to, gender and sexuality identities), communication barriers, and relationship issues. She also has experience working with immigrants and asylum seekers, sex workers, and individuals in consensually non-monogamous relationships.