Banupriya Balachandra, MPhil, CPsych Assoc

Banupriya is a Psychological Associate registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is authorized to practice in the areas of clinical and counseling psychology. She has more than 7 years of experience in the field of mental health and offers assessment and individual psychotherapy services to adults at the Toronto Psychology Clinic.

Education and Training

Banupriya completed her MPhil degree in Clinical Psychology at Delhi University and MSc in Psychology from Bangalore University. She has more than 7 years of experience in the field of mental health and offers assessment and individual psychotherapy services to adults at the Toronto Psychology Clinic. She has extensive experience working in both hospital and private practice settings.

Therapeutic Approach

Banupriya has a strong commitment towards being helpful, no matter the approach. Her approach to psychotherapy in integrative and is rooted in the belief that 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 hyper-criticality towards self. She works together with her clients towards co- constructing a coherent narrative of their past experiences, their present self, and their aspirations for the future. In her sessions, she often uses her understanding of child development, family dynamics and socio-cultural factors to support the construction of such a narrative. With such 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 strength to safely experience anxiety, guilt, sadness and other internal states without feeling overwhelmed.

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

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

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 regions 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)