About me

Growing up Desi in the United States can be challenging, especially if you are first- or second-generation. Our parents came here envisioning a better life for our families. There is a push-and-pull of wanting to fulfill our parents’ wishes for us, and our own desire of wanting to go off the beaten path. Maybe our culture’s definition of “success” makes you feel worried or anxious that you’re living up to the expectations. Or, you might feel sad or down because choosing “the right path” isn’t what you thought it would be. It is also possible that you were “different” from the rest of your cousins and other Desi-American children your age. Growing up, you chose to march to the beat of your own drummer, or you might have been labeled the “black sheep” of the family. Or, you might feel “left out” of our community because you’re not culturally “enough”, or because of your sexual identity. You may feel lonely, rejected, or feel unworthy of love and acceptance.

Hi! I’m Tracy and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of New York, License No. 010223. My preferred pronouns are she/hers/her. I am a second generation Indian-American woman of Malayali immigrant parents. I was raised Catholic, but identify more with Agnostic Christian beliefs. I received my Master of Arts and Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College Columbia University, and my Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, an intersectional program that focuses on gender, race, and sexuality. I specialize in evidence-based therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and I am a TEAM-CBT Level 2 Clinician. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I am currently providing only video therapy sessions in New York State.

I was very independent growing up and I was one of those Indian kids who was labeled the “black sheep” of the family, speaking out for others and paving the way for change. I want to give back to the community and connect with others who may or may not have had a similar experience. I’m here to support you in “dialing down” the intensity of your emotions to a more tolerable, manageable level so that way you can cope and get through your day and feel great! Also, I believe in strengthening your relationships with your support system while setting healthy limits for yourself. You are worthy of unconditional love and respect.

So how do we start? Let’s take the first step together. Call or visit my website to schedule a free 15-minute video consultation to see if I’m a good fit for you. I look forward to meeting you!

Qualifications & Practice Details

License Number: 010223

License State/Territory: NY

Insurance Plans: Out of Network, HSA

Prescribe Medication: No

Practical Details

Types of Clients
Adults
Older Adults
Session Types
Online
Specialities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TEAM-CBT)

Culturally Sensitive Therapy (specific focus on women of color and LGBTQ communities)

Brief Strategic Family Therapy

Trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues

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