Sukumar  Rao
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Sukumar Rao

Psychiatrist, MD
New York Accepting Online
Manhattan Accepting In-person

I am now offering in-person treatment, when desired, for fully vaccinated patients. All patients also have the option of virtual sessions with me.

Updated November 8, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Medical/neurologic illness
  • Depression
  • Personality struggles
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Dr. Sukumar Rao is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist in New York City, who provides both talk therapy and if needed, medication management. He specializes in trauma, complicated medical and neurologic situations (e.g. lung, heart or gastrointestinal conditions, chronic or terminal illness, etc.), anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and personality struggles.

Dr. Rao offers both insight and goal-oriented treatment approaches, including Psychodynamic Therapy, Supportive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, and Mindfulness Practices. He first helps his patients alleviate their most intense symptoms before working with them to set broader goals. He also looks at the big picture by helping individuals make lifestyle changes and determine what would make their life more meaningful. When working with patients with a history of trauma, Dr. Rao makes a concerted effort to establish a safe and supportive space. He aims to help them reach a point where they are able to talk about things that are really difficult.

Dr. Rao has studied and trained at Columbia and Cornell Universities, and he is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center. His work in academic circles has informed his private practice and allows him to stay at the forefront of modern psychiatry.

Message to clients

My approach is warm and thoughtful, and never rushed. I believe the best treatments allow free and relaxed expression, while staying focused. I provide an environment that is safe and free of judgment, to let you express your most troubling concerns.
I know it can be difficult to come into a new space and talk about the challenges you’re facing, but you don’t need to face them alone. Together, we can begin to understand and change those things that keep you from feeling your best and help you thrive once again.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Bipolar disorder - Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine

Medical/neurologic illness - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Personality struggles - Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Sukumar Rao is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $450 (45min)
  • Initial session: $450 (45min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11:00pm-6:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-2:00pm
  • Wed 11:00pm-6:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-2:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-2:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Manhattan practice
333 Hudson Street, 907, New York, New York 10013
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11pm-6pm
  • Tue 8am-2pm
  • Wed 11pm-6pm
  • Thu 8am-2pm
  • Fri 8am-2pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 12 years

NYC Health + Hospitals | Bellevue, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, 2014 - Present
New York University Langone Medical Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, 2014 - Present

New York University Langone Medical Center, Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine, 2014
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital | Weill Cornell Medical College, Residency in Psychiatry, 2013
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital | Weill Cornell Medical College, Internship in Medicine, 2010
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, 2009
Columbia University in the City of New York, Bachelor of Science, 2004


New York: 262280