Sumathy Applewhite, Therapist in New York — Zencare
Sumathy Desarae Applewhite
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Sumathy Desarae Applewhite


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
New York Not Accepting Online

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Updated September 9, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

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

Professional statement

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

Sumathy's approach is rooted in psychodynamic theory. However, depending on the client's needs, 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 multiracial, gender, and sexual identity related issues. She has worked in the welfare system, the prison system on Rikers Island, and in charter school systems as a 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 the LGBTQIA+ community as a care manager and counselor to the elderly through an organization called SAGE, dedicated solely to LGBTQIA+ justice, care and advocacy.

Sumathy is currently providing telehealth services where clients are able to connect with her via live video chatting for therapy. Clients have the ability to engage in therapy from their chosen space!

Message to clients

I dedicate my life to be someone who supports others on their journey and their struggles with racial and sexual identity. I want to help those find who they are without the labels so they can flourish and grow.

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 strive to ensure that therapy feels authentic with a natural and productive flow. I look forward to meeting you and walking alongside your journey of healing!


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 one's 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.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (75min)

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
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (New York)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • 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


New York: 087746