Hello. I am Sunitha. I think of myself as a Kannadiga (in addition to other things!) since I was born and raised in Bengaluru. My ancestors hail from parts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
Before beginning work as a mental health professional, I worked as a performer on the stage. My arts practice was built around writing, meditation, art and working with the body, voice and imagination.
I have training in Bharathanatyam, Kalaripayattu, Tai Chi, Devarattam, Laban-Bartenieff work, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais work and Yoga among other forms.
I have work credits as a facilitator/teacher, writer, designer and dramaturge in the theatre. I have also been a regular teacher in alternative schools in the city and continue to teach conversational Kannada to adults.
Arts practice always brought forth opportunities to explore the realm of mental health, but I was committed to my life as an artist. So, I engaged with therapy and healing only as long as it helped me be a better performer. Eventually, a performance piece I'd been working on brought me to place of reckoning with my past. It pushed me to inquire into the deep anger and immovable anguish I carried. I'd also been working with an inexplicable chronic pain for over a decade that needed a non-medical investigation.
Through constellations, I saw the hidden dynamics in my family system and how they affected me. I became aware of the incredible gifts my family system has given me and was able to navigate these times with humility, love and grace.
As a practitioner of Family Constellations Therapy now, I offer an integrated, trauma-informed approach that draws from my arts practice and training in Transactional Analysis and Somatics. You're welcome to get in touch. I look forward to being of service.