Banupriya Balachandra, MPhil

Banupriya is a Psychological Associate in Supervised Practice at the Toronto Clinical Psychology. She has more than 5 years’ experience in the field of mental health and offers assessment and individual psychotherapy services for adults at the Toronto Psychology Clinic. She is of South Asian background and has extensive experience working with South Asian clients and offers services in English, Hindi, Urdu and Kannada.

Education and Training

Banupriya Balachandra South Asian Therapist Supervised by Psychologist Toronto

Banupriya is a Psychological Associate in Supervised practice. She completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Delhi University. Prior to this, she obtained a Master of Science degree in Psychology at Bangalore University. She has more than 5 years of experience in the field of mental health and offers assessment and individual psychotherapy services for adults at the Toronto Psychology Clinic. She is of South Asian background, and has extensive experience working with South Asian clients and offers services in English, Hindi, Urdu and Kannada.

Therapeutic Approach

Banupriya’s therapeutic approach is integrative and primarily focused on attachment, emotions, and psychodynamic/relational psychotherapy models. She places primary importance on the therapeutic relationship and strives towards authenticity in her relationship with her clients. She strongly believes that therapy involves a process of meaning making and the shared understanding between the therapist and the client is what makes therapy therapeutic. She works with a variety of presenting issues ranging from mild concerns such as: mild distress, adjustment to transitions, and workplace stress to severe concerns such as: trauma, complicated grief, and personality disorders. Banupriya has a specialized interest in working with persons struggling with emotional distress of enduring nature such as frequent emotional storms, self-harm, unrelenting despair and relational issues, which is commonly experienced by persons exposed to early developmental trauma.

Languages

English, Hindi, Urdu and Kannada.

Personal Background

Banupriya identifies as a first-generation immigrant of Indian origin. Having spent a significant part of her life in South Asia, her understanding of the region’s complex history, political milieu, family dynamics, and power relations is that of a participant’s. This knowledge informs her work and enables her to often explore these socio-cultural aspects which occupy a prominent place in one’s intergenerational and personal story.

Memberships

Canadian Psychological Association