Sukumar  Rao

Sukumar Rao

Psychiatrist, MD

Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, afternoon, & evening online therapy appointments (updated May 04, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

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

Professional statement

Dr. Sukumar Rao is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist in Lower Manhattan, 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. His office is located near several subway stations in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.

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

General expertise


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)

Therapist's note

Dr. Rao can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

SoHo practice

333 Hudson Street


New York, NY 10013

  • Mon 2:00pm-9:00pm
  • Tue 8:30am-2:30pm
  • Wed 2:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thu 8:30am-2:30pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Current Affiliation:

New York University Medical Center, Clinical Faculty

Prior Affiliations:

New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia & Cornell Branches)

New York State Psychiatric Institute

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Bellevue Hospital Center

NYU Medical Center, Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine

Cornell Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Residency in Psychiatry

Cornell Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Internship in Medicine

University of Pittsburgh, Doctor of Medicine

Columbia University, Bachelor of Science


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  • Hindi
  • Telugu

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