Banupriya Balachandra, MPhil

Banupriya has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is completing her post-master’s work experience under supervision in accordance with requirements by the College of Psychologist of Ontario. 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 completed her MPhil degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delhi, India. She plans to register with the College of Psychologists of Ontario upon completion of her supervised hours. She trained in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, a prestigious mental health hospital in the public sector. She has extensive training in working with a range of presenting concerns and diagnostic groups including depression, anxiety, OCD, and personality disorders to name a few.

Therapeutic Approach

Banupriya’s therapeutic approach is integrative and her work is informed by various therapeutic orientations such as psychodynamic/relational psychotherapy, Emotion Focused Cognitive Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. 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 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