About me

For oppressed people to intentionally cultivate pleasure is an act of resistance – Ingrid LaFleur.

I approach therapy with the intention of understanding and connecting with my clients as fellow humans. My journey as a queer South Asian neurodivergent woman, along with the experiences of those close to me, deeply shaped my approach. Building a genuine relationship with my clients is my top priority, as I believe it is the biggest predictor of therapeutic success. As a person of color, I actively challenge oppressive structures that have long been dominated by Western white culture. Jiddu Krishnamurti said that it is no measure of health to be adjusted to a society that is profoundly sick and I do not see therapy as a way to numb the pain that is caused by systemic oppression but rather a way to empower clients to have compassion for themselves.

I view each individual within the context of their environment, recognizing the complex intersections of their various identities. I rely on evidenced-based methods that consider the impact of trauma and are attuned to diverse cultural perspectives. In my sessions, I strive to create a safe space for clients to rehearse for life outside of therapy. Through trust and a strong therapeutic bond, my clients are empowered to make meaningful progress. I also help my clients practice slowing down in the therapy space as their lives are often fast-paced with little time to reflect. While slowing down might be initially challenging, it helps clients move more intentionally through the world.

In my practice, I warmly welcome sex workers, and I am well-versed in providing gender-affirming care. I am committed to promoting fat liberation and advocating for the abolition of harmful practices.

I have worked towards being a therapist for many years now and it is my greatest honor to arrive where I am. I grew up in Bangalore, a city in India where access to mental healthcare was limited and heavily stigmatized.  We didn’t talk about sex at all and the patriarchal culture often made it unsafe to embody our sexual selves. During my young adult years in Bangalore, I struggled to find a counselor who had a background in LGBTQ issues. The counselor that I talked to put me in a one size fits all box, bound by a traditional conception of heteronormative binary identities. The services I received seemed ingenuine and I felt alone. The counselor failed to understand the challenges that are faced by a queer woman in a conservative country. At that moment, a strong desire to uplift people who feel confused and alone was born.

Qualifications & Practice Details

License Number: 116915-01

License State/Territory: New York

Date License Granted: July 29, 2022

Years in Practice: 3

Additional Credentials:

Dual Degree in LGBTQ Health, Education, and Social Services from New York University

Master's in Mental Health Counseling from New York University

Equitable Care Certification for proficiency in working with sex workers

Insurance Plans: Out of Network Benefits and Private Pay

Prescribe Medication: No

Practical Details

Languages
English
Types of Clients
Young People
Adults
Older Adults
Couples
Session Types
In Person
Online
Specialities
  • Non-monogamous and Polyamorous competent
  • Sex Positive and Kink competent
  • LGBTQ+ competent
  • Trans and Non-Binary challenges
  • People of color
  • Immigrants
  • Performance anxiety and sexual self-esteem
  • Values exploration and identification?
  • Immigrants / Migrants / Refugees
  • Cultural Oppression
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Life transitions
  • Political climate stress
  • Blended families
  • Dating for alt relationship
  • Cultivating mindful sex
  • Fat Liberation and HAES (Health at Every Size)
  • Asexuality / Aromanticism / Demisexuality and ACE spectrum
  • Interracial relationships
  • Self-esteem, self-worth, and self-compassion
  • ADHD and neurodivergence in a neurotypical world
  • Living with STIs and sexual health
  • Trans and Gender-non-conforming experience
  • Healing infidelity or any breach of trust
  • Improving social communication
  • Kink exploration and psychoeducation
  • Sexual trauma healing
  • Religious trauma and deconstructing purity culture
  • BDSM and uncommon fetishes
  • Sexual functioning challenges such as erectile dysfunction, low libido, vaginismus, etc.
  • Desire discrepancies in relationships
  • and more...