About me

For Indian and South Asian Americans who’ve been told that you’re “bad” for not following cultural norms, for questioning these rules, for honoring your needs and desires, for forging your own path, and for challenging the rulebook: doing these things do not make you a “Bad South Asian”. You are actually HEALING from intergenerational curses. You might get messages from South Asians who tell you otherwise, but many of these “norms” are actually trauma responses. That more “cultured” South Asian person you know does not inherently know more than you. You know enough and you ARE enough.

I’m Tracy, and I call myself The Bad Indian Therapist on Instagram and TikTok. I help South Asian Americans who struggle with toxic guilt and shame, people-pleasing anxiety, and culturally-related stress and trauma. I also help Indian American women who struggle with Perfect Indian Girl™ Syndrome embrace being Imperfect Indian Women! In other words, I’m here to show you that it’s okay to be “bad” sometimes, and that there’s no such thing as being a “bad” South Asian!

Growing up, I was never “South Asian” enough. Just when I thought I was becoming more in touch with my culture and history, someone else would tell me that I wasn’t doing the “right” thing. I felt like I had to fit a mold that I wasn’t made for–and that even the mold wasn’t “good enough”! It took my own therapy journey to learn that maybe being “bad” at my culture is actually…normal? Your culture is only a small part of who you are, not the entirety of who you are. Also, your feelings are data points trying to tell you something about your history. Therapy is a process of unlearning harmful narratives and can be a messy process of guilt and shame, so I’m here to be a guide. I’ll help you sort out the noise, gain clarity, and challenge limiting beliefs that result from cultural trauma.

You are always going to be judged by people within and outside of your community for not following these unrealistic expectations, but ultimately, your life belongs to you. YOU are the expert of your life. There’s no judgment here—I’m here to help you make the best decision for yourself. Let’s work together to help you learn how to be more of yourself and connect with your community in ways that feel authentic and meaningful to you! Book your free intro call today!

Qualifications & Practice Details

License Number: NY: 010223, FL:TPMC2283, CA: 13487

License State/Territory: New York, Florida, California

Date License Granted: February 26, 2020

Years in Practice: 3 years pre-licensed, 4 years licensed

Additional Credentials:

TEAM-CBT Level 2 Certification--awarded August 2020 (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Clinician-in-Training

Insurance Plans: I'm not in-network with insurance, and my fee is $230 for a 45-50 minute session. I accept Health Savings (HSA), Flexible Savings (FSA), and Out-of-Network Benefits with your insurance, if you have them. I can provide you with a superbill for reimbursement or submit out-of-network claims on your behalf with Mentaya. For more info on how you can save money on therapy, visit mentaya.com!

Prescribe Medication: No

Practical Details

Types of Clients
Older Adults
Session Types
In Person

Trauma and PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating, Body Image Issues, Depression, Survivors of Abuse and Neglect