Sharmishtha Gupta

Are you feeling lost, confused, or isolated in a world that doesn’t quite understand who you are and what box to put you in? Do you struggle with self-esteem, which could show up in the form of a self-critical voice, perfectionistic drive, or a feeling that you’re never good enough? Do you feel as though you’re missing a core piece of yourself when your closest loved ones are scattered across the world? Have you experienced a lot of changing relationships, schools or homes due to moving and find it hard to have meaningful and satisfying relationships? Figuring out who we are and where we belong isn’t easy. You deserve support from someone who gets you. I’m Sharmishtha, a licensed mental health counselor and adult TCK, and I can join you in figuring out your place in the world. I work with individuals who struggle with or are interested in exploring their identity through an intersectional and person-centered approach.

Profession

Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Specialities

ANXIETY AND PANIC DISORDERS
DEPRESSION
GENERAL RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES (FAMILY, FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS)
LGBTQIA+
GENDER DYSPHORIA
TRAUMA AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
PERSONAL GROWTH AND SELF-ESTEEM
ADHD/ADD
LIFE TRANSITIONS
GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH
GRIEF AND LOSS
RACE AND ETHNICITY
TCK IDENTITY AND EXPERIENCE

Finances

$$$

Training

  • Licensed Mental Health Counsellor
  • Master of Education in Psychological Counselling
  • Master of Arts in Psychological Counselling

What kinds of treatment or therapy do you provide?

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Children & Youth Counselling

What language can you conduct the session in?

English, Hindi

What was your path to becoming a therapist?

I was born in India, grew up in Singapore, and have since spent over a decade studying, living and working in multiple multicultural cities in Europe and North America. My journey to develop my own sense of self has played a significant role in my calling to help adolescents and adults navigate their unique issues around cultural identity, adjustment, assimilation, and multicultural families and relationships.

What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?

Since graduating and completing my 3000 supervised hours to gain licensure in New York State, I have continued with regular paid supervision and peer consultation. I believe that to be a competent and ethical mental health professional, it is vital that we are continually staying connected with ongoing support and professional guidance. I also regularly engage in continuing education through trainings, workshops, and courses.

What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?

It's really normal to have doubts or concerns about therapy, especially if you have never given it a go before. A therapeutic relationship is a unique one, and it takes some time and effort to find the right fit of therapist. There are a lot of different styles and personalities out there and it's important that you feel comfortable, safe and supported in the therapy space. A consultation call is one way to gauge whether someone may be a good fit. Before I start working with someone, I will have a video call with them to discuss their reasons for seeking therapy, goals they may have, and what they are looking for in an effective therapist. There is no commitment needed for this, so why not give it a try?

What kind of training have you had in working with the LGBTQ population?

I studied under the Sexuality, Women, & Gender Project at Teachers College, Columbia University during my Masters. Since working in the field, I have worked with several adolescents and young adults exploring their gender and sexuality and have engaged in continuing education and peer consultation to make sure that I am providing ethical, knowledgeable, and trauma-informed care to clients. Importantly, if I am not an appropriate fit I will do my best to connect the client to therapists who may be a better fit.

What should someone know about working with you?

I strive to meet you where you are, create a safe space where you feel seen and understood, and set realistic and achievable goals with you to overcome challenges and improve your life. My style is straightforward, practical and warm. My hope is that in working with me, you feel comfortable enough to explore the complexities of day to day struggles, and be empowered to make positive changes.