About me

(she/her)

I am a licensed clinical psychologist based in San Francisco. I earned my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium, where I trained extensively in therapies that are rooted in psychological research and are sensitive to the nuances of clients’ cultural contexts.

Growing up with a bicultural upbringing as a South Asian daughter of immigrants living in Las Vegas, I have experienced how different cultural backgrounds can influence the ways we express and cope with stress. For example, stress may cause shifts in your emotions or moods. Or maybe your sleep is disrupted and you are getting headaches and digestive issues, as if there is a chronic pit in your stomach. Maybe you learned to cope with stress by “thinking positively” and not dwelling on hardship, or you were advised to eat certain foods, or to deal with the stress privately rather than talk to others.

Navigating multiple sets of customs and social rules, especially when you are going through a difficult time, can be taxing, confusing, and isolating. In my work, I celebrate the beauty and strength of vibrant communities, while also acknowledging the nuanced challenges that can come with cultural norms and expectations. I aim to learn about your unique situation to untangle conflicts and find resolution that feels authentic to you. My aim is to introduce frameworks that you can use throughout your life whenever you are coping with stress.

My specializations

I work with a broad array of concerns, and have advanced training in the following areas of specialization:

  • Culturally-informed therapy for depression and anxiety, including low self-esteem, social anxiety, and feelings of shame and guilt
  • Therapy for trauma, including intergenerational trauma
  • Tools for managing stress, sleep, pain, and chronic health conditions
  • Support for reproductive health, including support for family planning, shame around sex, and infertility
  • Identity exploration, inclusive of LGBTQ+ community
  • Couples therapy and relationship counseling, including gender role exploration, physical conflict, and infidelity

Next steps

If you are interested in learning more, I encourage you to reach out for a free initial consultation. We will collaboratively identify treatment goals and develop a plan for care based on what is most important to you. I look forward to connecting with you!

You can read more about my practice, approach, and specializations at my website: sunaotherapy.com.

Qualifications & Practice Details

License Number: PSY34306

License State/Territory: California

Years in Practice: 8

Additional Credentials:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD, MS): PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium, Palo Alto University and Stanford University
  • MA in Psychology in Education: Teachers College, Columbia University
  • BA in Psychology (Honors): University of Pennsylvania

Prescribe Medication: No

Practical Details

Languages
English
Other

Basic Hindi

Types of Clients
Young People
Adults
Older Adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Session Types
Online
Specialities

Anxiety

Depression

Trauma

Chronic pain

Insomnia

Identity exploration

Relationship conflict

Reproductive health stress

Multicultural therapy