Rhea Kumar, LCSW
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Rhea Kumar

Psychotherapy, LCSW

Rhea Kumar is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in adults with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and life transitions. She uses personalized approaches based on the client’s needs to bring awareness to behavioral patterns and teach skills to overcome challenges. Rhea develops meaningful relationships to create an open and safe environment to talk in.
Specialties
Anxiety and Panic Disorders
Depression
Life Transitions
Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
Finances
$ $ $ $ $
$140-200
Sliding Scale
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Cigna
Out-of-pocket
Licensed in
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New York
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“I firmly believe therapy can positively impact everyone and is a universal tool to encourage personal growth and help you better your own path.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was naturally drawn to becoming a therapist because I have always wanted to help others. I started as a volunteer for a suicide hotline service and discovered the power of listening and talk therapy. I continued my career working in both therapist and supervisor positions for several years and engaging with diverse populations, ages, and lifestyles. Through my professional encounters, the resiliency I see in each of my clients remains a continual inspiration that keeps me on this journey to help people recognize their potential. I incorporate a variety of talk therapy approaches combined with a comfortable environment to openly discuss your personal challenges and goals. I firmly believe therapy can positively impact everyone and is a universal tool to encourage personal growth and help you better your own path.
What should someone know about working with you?
I consider my clients to be the experts on their lives; my role is to help guide them in uncovering negative patterns and working toward positive change. In the beginning, I will focus on creating a trusting relationship because this is the basis on which your growth and development can begin. Since each client is unique, our sessions will be tailored to your needs, situation, and goals. I understand therapy can feel daunting at times, so I will move at an appropriate pace to make you feel comfortable. I have a light-hearted sense of humor and many clients appreciate that I incorporate it into our sessions when appropriate. Together, we will create a relaxed atmosphere to discuss difficult topics. My goal is to help you improve and walk away feeling better about yourself and situation in life.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I was raised in an Indian household in Japan and have experienced the challenges of balancing the differences in Asian and American cultures. I understand how difficult it can be to find your own identity and voice between these layers. Living between different cultural definitions of “success” can make you worrisome because you feel unable to live up to both sets of expectations. However, you can find a functioning balance among how you were raised, the environment you are living in, and who you want to become. I want to enable my clients to better balance expectations and important relationships while preserving their own mental health to establish autonomy.
“I consider my clients to be the experts on their lives; my role is to help guide them in uncovering negative patterns and working toward positive change.”
Interested in speaking with Rhea?