Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, evening, and weekend appointments
Offers remote video sessions
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Complex diagnostic challenges
Dr. Sanjay Gulati is a psychiatrist in Cambridge, Massachusetts specializing in learning disabilities, couples counseling, and family conflicts, especially in the context of navigating cross-cultural challenges. He is an expert in supporting children, adolescents, and young adults on the autism spectrum and members of the deaf and heard of hearing communities. With a focus on socially oriented therapies, he works closely with his clients in providing guidance around developing social skills, navigating relationships with family and peers, and learning to practice self-acceptance. He also enjoys working with couples, taking an engaged approach to help both partners resolve conflicts and better understand each other.
Dr. Gulati’s style is nuanced and individually tailored to each client's and couple’s circumstances. He utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, and mindfulness practices, while offering the convenience of both talk therapy and medication management when appropriate.
Drawing from personal experience and academic work in deafness and hearing loss, Dr. Gulati has a deep understanding of the challenges around one’s body changing or being different from others'. He understands that people are much more than their medical diagnoses, and he is excited to help his clients look beyond labels to explore their narrative and embrace their unique identity.
ADHD (Attention-deficit/learning disability) – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Chronic pain – Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain
Complex diagnostic challenges – Evaluating if one is truly mentally ill and deciding what is the correct diagnosis
Complex medication challenges – Prescribing and optimizing medication regimens
Disability – Including social, communication, and behavioral challenges related to autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and ADHD
Identity development – Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Autism spectrum disorder – Support understanding the diagnosis and related challenges and strengths; skill-building in areas of daily routine, transitions, coping with overwhelming sensory experiences, social skills, and emotion identification and regulation
Bipolar disorder – Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Race and cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Sanjay is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $350 (60min)
Ongoing sessions: $350/session (60min)
Therapist's note: Sanjay can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“I believe I am a capable general psychiatrist, but with 26 years of specialized practice and academic work in deafness and hearing loss, I feel I have specific things I can offer those patients who need them: an understanding of what it means for one's body to change or to be different from that of others; an appreciation for the layered complexity of experience, from biological (say, anxiety) to cultural (say, a culture's specific expectations for what should and shouldn't make one anxious); an appreciation of "child psychiatric" conditions that affect adults too—attention deficit, learning disability, autism spectrum; a special awareness of the difficulty of establishing oneself as an independent human being; and, an interest and expertise in unraveling complex diagnostic puzzles and their associated medication choices.”
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2000 - present
Boston Children’s Hospital, Active Staff, 1994 - Present
Cambridge Hospital, Active Staff, 1994 - Present
Harvard Medical School, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School, Fellowship
Albany Medical College, Residency
Eastern Virginia Medical School, MD
University of Virginia, BS
American Sign Language