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Niyatee Sukumaran, Ph.D. (Hillcrest)

Niyatee Sukumaran, Ph.D. (Hillcrest)


Niyatee Sukumaran, Ph.D. (Hillcrest)

(She/Her/Hers) Licensed psychologist specializing in individual, group, and couples therapy

Dr. Niyatee (knee-uh-tea) Sukumaran previously was on staff at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) as a senior staff psychologist before coming to HPA. She is a licensed counseling psychologist specializing in individual and group psychotherapy, and couples therapy. She is skilled at providing both brief and longer-term psychotherapy.

Dr. Sukumaran is a multi-lingual psychologist, who is fluent in English and Hindi. She specializes in working with adults, graduate students and professionals, college-age mental health, Asian and Asian American mental health, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Clinical areas of specialty and interest include anxiety, depression and mood-related disorders, trauma, sexual assault, relationship concerns, postpartum concerns, women’s issues, and multicultural/diversity issues.

Dr. Sukumaran received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida (UCF), followed by her PhD from University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC; APA-Accredited program). She completed her APA-Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship at University of California Irvine’s (UCI) Counseling Center, and her Post-doctoral Residency at University of California San Diego (UCSD), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Dr. Sukumaran immersed herself in working with multicultural and diverse communities throughout her training. Overall, she has had comprehensive generalist training experiences in various clinical settings including inpatient and outpatient psychiatric hospitals, community mental health clinics, and college counseling centers, and has worked with individuals experiencing a wide range of presenting problems, and varied levels of symptom severity.

Dr. Sukumaran’s approach in therapy is collaborative, and integrative including interpersonal process theory, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness and self-compassion. She uses Emotion-Focused Therapy and Solution-Focused Couples Therapy for couples. Dr. Sukumaran also serves as a consultant to Sixth College, liaison to South Asian and Muslim-identified students and proficiently provides outreach services to culturally diverse student communities. Dr. Sukumaran has also provided clinical and outreach-related supervision to trainees and post-doctoral residents during her time at UCSD. She has also co-taught courses such as group psychotherapy, and trainings to peer educators at UCI and UCSD.

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As the news surrounding COVID-19 evolves, the main priorities of Hillcrest Psychological Associates remain the same, to provide a space where our clients are supported on their journey to self-fulfillment and healthy relationships.


For the health & safety of our clients and staff, all psychotherapy sessions at will be held exclusively online through a HIPAA compliant telehealth or video session portal that is encrypted and secure, until further notice. We will be doing initial appointments via telehealth. We will move to face-to-face sessions when it is deemed safe.