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Uma Shanmugham(She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist, PsyD
Cultural adjustment- Life transitions-Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health-Race & cultural identity-College & graduate student mental health- Relationship issues-

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Professional statement

Dr. Uma Shanmugham is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in the state of Illinois. Uma earned her B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University and then received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology & PsyD in Clinical Psychology from William James College (formerly known as the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology). For both her Masters and Doctorate theses, Uma focused on examining the experiences of women in the sex industry.

Uma's training and work have been in individual, group, and family therapy settings ranging from community health centers, schools, outpatient clinics, and in-home care. In these various settings, Uma has facilitated treatment with individuals, groups, couples, and families of culturally and diagnostically diverse backgrounds. Additionally, Uma has extensive experience working with immigrants, refugees, and asylees across the lifespan.

Message to clients

Clients come to therapy for a number of reasons, such as identity shifts, grief and loss, low self-esteem, trauma, life transitions, relationship & family struggles, and spiritual crises. Whatever your pull to come to therapy, I acknowledge the courage it takes to participate in your healing. Through person-centered and feminist approaches, I collaborate with clients in the process of re-defining who they are that feels the most authentic to themselves. My clinical "toolbox" includes mindfulness, a trauma-informed lens, existentialism, diversity practices, and a nonjudgmental stance.

Additionally, I am curious about how our marginalized identities and/or privileges influence how we see ourselves and our relationships with others. Ultimately, I hope that we can partner with your courage and figure out together how we can answer the questions you may have about your experiences and struggles.

I welcome individuals of all races, ethnicities, immigrant statuses, gender identities, sexual orientations, ability statuses, body sizes, and socioeconomic statuses.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 7 years

William James College, Psy.D, 2017
William James College, M.A. in Counseling , 2013
Tufts University, B.A , 2009


Massachusetts: 11173 - Illinois: 071.009982




Cultural adjustment - Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety

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

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, and anxiety and/or depression.

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating


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

Locations & Hours


  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Tufts University Student Health Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$200 (55min)

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
  • 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
  • As needed