She/Her/HersLicensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Sumathy Applewhite, LMSW primary works with Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and remaining categories (LGBTQIA+) either individually or in couples therapy. She is also inclusive and works with all identities (including non-BIPOC and non-LGBTQIA) on a variety of issues, including anxiety and strengths-based skill work to enhance efficacy in positive, healthy communication.
Sumathy's approach is rooted in psychodynamic theory. However, depending on the needs of the client, her approach can extend to the practice approaches listed in her profile.
Sumathy's has worked with disenfranchised communities for her entire professional career. Her most relevant work is with MA Therapy as the LGBTQIA+ specialist for women of color dealing with multi-racial, gender, and sexual identity issues. She has worked in the welfare system, the prison system on Rikers Island, and charter school systems (Achievement First Charter School Network, Great Oaks Charter School Network, and Uncommon Charter School Network) as part of administration and as a School Social Worker. She managed a College Access Program for over 600 students at William Cullen Bryant high school called GEAR UP as an employee of St. John’s University to whom the grant was awarded. Her most recent work was with LGBTQIA+ community as a care manager and counselor to the elderly through an organization called SAGE, dedicated solely to LGBTQIA+ justice, care and advocacy.
Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self-experience
Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Gender identity & transgender health - Exploring gender identity, including trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) identities; support throughout the process of transition
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Body image - Development of skills for handling negative thoughts about physical appearance; building habits of more positive self-talk and self-perception.
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Years of Experience: 13 years
see statement below., 2008 - Present
Cultured Space, Psychotherapist, 2021 - Present
Columbia University School of Social Work, SIFI (Seminar in Field Instruction), 2011
Columbia University School of Social Work, M.S.S.W., 2008