Sanchana’s roots as an artist and mental health advocate have led to her becoming a social justice-fuelled mental health counselor. She graduated from New York University with a dual Master of Arts degree in Mental Health and LGBTQ* Affirmative counseling. She also has a certification in Expressive Arts-Based therapy, which includes visual art, dance and movement. New York City is the fourth city in the third country that Sanchana has lived in. She channels her multicultural lived experience and creative energies into therapy to create an authentic space where client and counselor meet as equals and collaborators.
A two-time TEDx speaker, Sanchana was invited to participate in the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit for her community mental health work, which she later had the honor to present to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Kate and Will!).
Sanchana recognizes the unique complexity that makes us human and takes an integrative approach to therapy based on the client’s personality, needs and goals towards healing. These include, but are not limited to AEDP (accelerated emotional dynamic psychotherapy), ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), REBT (rational emotive behavioral therapy), narrative therapy and emotion-focused therapy (EFT). She practices through a multicultural feminist social justice lens. Sanchana has deep hope in the human processes of growth and transformation, and works to create a therapeutic experience that is as fun and empowering as it is insightful and emotionally cathartic.
Sanchana is a member of the American Psychological Association and is also engaged in advancing the scientific strategy of HBGI (Healthy Brains Global Initiative), which seeks to further global mental health research. You can find her buried in a book or amidst a plethora of art supplies in her spare time, ceaselessly engaging in the magic of imagination.