Sumathy Desarae Applewhite
Zencare Vetted

Sumathy Desarae Applewhite


Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
New York Accepting Online
Updated December 3, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Identity development
  • Race & cultural identity
  • LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics
  • Gender identity & transgender health
  • Anxiety
  • Body image

Professional statement

Sumathy Applewhite, LMSW primary works with Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and remaining categories (LGBTQIA+). Sumathy conducts individual or couples therapy. She strives to engage in inclusive, affirming work for all cultural identities (including non-BIPOC and non-LGBTQIA) on a variety of issues, including anxiety and strengths-based skill work to enhance efficacy in positive, healthy communication.

Sumathy's approach is rooted in psychodynamic theory. However, depending on the needs of the client, her approach can extend to the practice approaches listed in her profile.

Sumathy has worked with disenfranchised communities for her entire professional career. Her most relevant work is with MA Therapy as the LGBTQIA+ specialist for women of color dealing with multi-racial, gender, and sexual identity issues. She has worked in the welfare system, the prison system on Rikers Island, and charter school systems (Achievement First Charter School Network, Great Oaks Charter School Network, and Uncommon Charter School Network) as part of administration and as a School Social Worker. She managed a College Access Program for over 600 students at William Cullen Bryant high school called GEAR UP as an employee of St. John’s University to whom the grant was awarded. Her most recent work was with LGBTQIA+ community as a care manager and counselor to the elderly through an organization called SAGE, dedicated solely to LGBTQIA+ justice, care and advocacy.

Message to clients

I have wanted to be a therapist since I was a teenager in high school. I wanted to be what I did not have as a multiracial only child who grew up with experiences of domestic violence and parents who struggled with substance abuse. I have always wanted to be someone who supports others on their journey and struggles with racial and sexual identity. I want to help those find who they are without the labels.

My clients have expressed that their sessions with me leave them feeling cathartic and connected, as I dedicate myself to care about my clients' well-beings. I take a genuine interest in every individual that I work with as human beings and not just as a “client”. I work very hard to ensure that therapy feels authentic with a natural and productive flow.


Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self-experience

Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Gender identity & transgender health - Exploring gender identity, including trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) identities; support throughout the process of transition

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

Body image - Development of skills for handling negative thoughts about physical appearance; building habits of more positive self-talk and self-perception.


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


Sumathy Applewhite is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Initial session: $175 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (75min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
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 10am-2pm
  • Tue 10am-2pm
  • Wed 10am-2pm
  • Thu 10am-2pm
  • Fri 10am-2pm
  • Sat 11am-4pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 14 years

see statement below., 2008 - Present
Cultured Space, Psychotherapist, 2021 - Present

Columbia University School of Social Work, SIFI (Seminar in Field Instruction), 2011
Columbia University School of Social Work, M.S.S.W., 2008