Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Race and cultural identity
College mental health
Dr. Snehal Kumar is a Licensed Psychologist with an office in lower Manhattan. Drawing from personal and professional experience, she focuses a large part of her practice on cultural, racial, gender, and other identity issues and how they can interplay with mental health. She works from a multicultural feminist lens, sensitive to the needs of people of color and marginalized socio-cultural identities. She specializes in helping her clients navigate depression, anxiety, college or life stressors, and trauma-related experiences.
Dr. Kumar approaches therapy from a relational, integrative, and multicultural framework with skills grounded in mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Empathetic and collaborative, she is passionate about meeting clients where they are, identifying where they want to be, and working towards meaningful goals.
Dr. Kumar works to provide culturally-sensitive care, and her practice is affirming of folks of all gender, sexual, and racial and ethnic identities. Her practice is conveniently located by the Fulton Street subway station.
Dr. Kumar's initial phone consultations typically last 15 to 20 minutes. Please feel free to schedule your first free initial call directly on her profile!
Race and cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
College mental health – Navigating the transition into college and stressors of academics, personal relationships, and self-development
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
LGBTQIA and sexuality topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Personality disorders – Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Initial/ongoing sessions: $200/session (45min)
Therapist's note: Snehal can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"It can be difficult to feel afraid of your feelings, be afraid to ask for help, afraid people may not 'get it,' maybe because part of you doesn't quite 'get' why you're feeling this way either. My goals as a therapist are to give you space to figure out what's going on, offer skills that might be a better fit for your needs now, and to work together to help you build the life you truly want to live."
Treatment approachesDialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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)
Multicultural Feminist TherapyPractice of therapy informed by feminist philosophies and grounded in multicultural perspectives to find strategies and solutions to transform one's daily life and relationships. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2018 - Present
Pace University, 2017 - 2018
Montclair State University, 2016 - 2017
Stony Brook University, 2015 - 2016
State University of New York at Albany, PhD, 2016
Grinnell College, BA, 2010