Banupriya Balachandra, MPhil, CPsych Assoc

Education & Training

Banupriya is a Psychological Associate registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is authorized to practice in the areas of clinical and counselling psychology. She has over 8 years of experience in the field of mental health and offers assessment and individual psychotherapy services to adults at the Toronto Psychology Clinic.

Banupriya obtained her MPhil degree in clinical psychology from the University of Delhi and her MSc in psychology from Bangalore University. She has extensive experience working in both hospital and private practice settings. She is also currently a candidate in training at the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society.

Therapeutic Approach

Banupriya has a strong commitment to being helpful, no matter the approach. Her approach to psychotherapy is integrative and is rooted in the belief that longstanding difficulties in our relationships with ourselves and others have their origins in our early developmental experiences. These difficulties may include abandonment anxiety, perfectionism, conflicts about dependence, difficulty being vulnerable with others, challenges asserting boundaries, feeling stuck in unsatisfying relationship patterns, and excessive self-blame. She works in collaboration with her clients towards co-constructing a coherent narrative of their past, their present experiences, and their fears and aspirations for the future. In her sessions, she often uses her understanding of child development, family dynamics and socio-cultural factors to support the co-construction of such a narrative. With such an understanding of one’s life comes a stronger sense of self, the ability to exercise choice and affect positive change, the capacity to endure unchanging external adversities, and the forbearance to safely experience fear, guilt, sadness and other internal states without feeling overwhelmed.

Banupriya’s work draws from the following approaches to psychotherapy:

  • Attachment-based psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Trauma-informed psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Relational psychotherapy
  • Culturally sensitive therapy

Banupriya works with a wide range of presentations that include:

  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Childhood trauma
  • Conflicts with family of origin
  • Depression
  • Dermatotillomania
  • Difficulty asserting boundaries
  • Difficulty being vulnerable with others
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Excessive self-blame
  • Feeling stuck in relationship patterns
  • Losses related to life transitions
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Procrastination
  • Work-life balance

Languages

English, Hindi, Urdu and Kannada.

Personal Background

Banupriya identifies as a first-generation immigrant of Indian origin. Having spent a considerable part of her life in South Asia, specifically in the Indian subcontinent, she has a deep understanding of the region’s complex history, political milieu, family dynamics and power relations. This knowledge and lived experience of being a part of a rich cultural heritage informs her work and enables her to explore various socio-cultural factors which have a place in the personal and intergenerational narratives shared by her clients.

Memberships

Ontario Psychological Association (OPA)