Tracy Vadakumchery, Therapist in New York, New York — Zencare
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Tracy Vadakumchery

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Master of Education, Ed.M. Counseling Psychology
New York, Florida Accepting Online
Midtown South Accepting In-person

I'm accepting new clients for both in-person and virtual sessions at my new office location in Midtown South!

Updated November 28, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Race & cultural identity
  • Women's issues
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Eating disorders & disordered eating

Professional statement

Growing up South Asian in America can be challenging, especially if you are first- or second-generation. Our parents came here envisioning a better life for our families. There is a push-and-pull of wanting to fulfill our parents’ wishes for us, and our own desire of wanting to go off the beaten path. Maybe our culture’s definition of “success” makes you feel worried or anxious that you’re living up to the expectations. Or, you might feel sad or down because choosing “the right path” isn’t what you thought it would be. It is also possible that you were “different” from the rest of your cousins and other Desi-American children your age. Growing up, you chose to march to the beat of your own drummer, or you might have been labeled the “black sheep” of the family. Or, you might feel “left out” of our community because you’re not culturally “enough”, or because of your sexual identity. You may feel lonely, rejected, or feel unworthy of love and acceptance.

Tracy LMHC | The "Bad Indian" Therapist is a South Asian American, straight, cisgender therapist who is passionate about challenging Desi/South Asian beliefs about mental health, race, and healthy relationships. She helps South Asian Americans conquer cultural shame and guilt as a result of trauma in their communities. Tracy has been no stranger to these issues herself. She has been directly and indirectly called "Bad Indian Girl" many times in her life, and has now embraced her complicated identity.

Through boundary-setting, trauma work, and role-plays, Tracy has helped many South Asian Americans become their most authentic, unapologetic selves, decrease self-doubt, and find inner peace. There is no such thing as being "too Brown" or "not Brown enough". Tracy encourages radical self acceptance and being "bad" together.


Message to clients

My fellow South Asian Americans, Desi, and Brown people: If you have ever been called "Whitewashed", "Too Brown", or "Not Brown enough", you've come to the right place. These terms can lead you to feel guilty, ashamed, and disconnected from you culture. Do you have people-pleasing anxiety? Are you afraid of disappointing people? Is this affecting your relationship with work, family, friends? Is this affecting your relationship with your body? I can work with you to address cultural guilt and shame that's affecting your anxiety.

I'm Tracy LMHC | The Bad Indian Therapist and I have been called all of the above. You deserve a South Asian Therapist who gets it. Your culture is only a small part of who you are; it is not the entirety of who you are. We can work together to define your own relationship with your culture. I use a combination of insight-oriented and direct techniques with evidence-based therapies like CBT and EMDR to help you find balance, decrease anxiety, and increase your confidence and connection to your community. After all, doing what's right for you does not make you a "Bad Indian", it makes you a more genuine one.

There's no such thing as someone that everybody likes. You're always going to be "bad" to someone, so let's be "bad" together! Contact me to schedule your free intro call today and let's get started.


Specialties

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

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

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

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Eating disorders & disordered eating - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients

Insurance

Tracy Vadakumchery 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: $225 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $185 - $225
  • Group sessions: $75 (90min)

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
  • Courtesy billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Nirvana Health
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

If you have pre-tax dollars saved on your Health Savings Account (HSA) Debit Card, or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Debit Card, I accept these forms of payment too. I can file claims for you or provide you with a superbill for reimbursement.


Location(s)

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 10-7 pm
  • Tue 10-7 pm
  • Wed 10-7 pm
  • Thu 10-7 pm
  • Fri 10-7 pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Florida)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Midtown South practice
19 West 34th Street, Penthouse, New York, New York 10001
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-7:00 pm EST
  • Tue 10:00am-7:00 pm EST
  • Wed 10:00am-7:00 pm EST
  • Thu 10:00am-7:00 pm EST
  • Fri 10:00am-7:00 pm EST
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 5 years

Private Practice, CBT Psychotherapist, 2020 - Present
Private Practice, EMDR Clinician-in-Training, 2021 - Present
Physician Affiliate Group of New York (PAGNY), Mental Health Clinician, 2019 - 2021
The New York Foundling , IFS Brief Strategic Family Therapist , 2017 - 2018

EMDR Institute, EMDR Basic Training, 2021
Feeling Good Institute, Level 2 TEAM-CBT Clinician, 2020
Feeling Good Institute, Level 1 TEAM-CBT Clinician, 2019
Teachers College, Columbia University, Master of Arts and Education in Psychological Counseling, 2017


Licensure

New York: 010223

Florida: TPMC2283


Languages

English


Publications