Susmita Thukral

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MA, MFT

Susmita Thukral

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MA, MFT

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Billing and Insurance:
Fees: I charge $75 per session. I do not accept insurance but I can provide superbills that can be submitted to insurance for reimbursement. Please call or email me for more information.
I offer a free 20 min initial phone consultation to assess and start services.
Free Initial Consultation


San Diego, California 92131

My Approach to Helping

Are you struggling with intense feelings of sadness or experiencing anxiety? Are you frustrated that you are stuck in conflicts or relationship patterns that are repetitive and tiring? Do you find that despite your best efforts you are unable to overcome your challenges/symptoms to lead a more fulfilling and productive life? Or are you looking to better understand your own mind better to unlock its creative potential for self-growth? Whatever it might be, I am here to help.

I work in an insight-oriented way to not just treat symptoms but also treat the deeper and often hidden causes of the symptoms that are causing you distress. I do this by creating a secure therapy relationship in which you can share anything that is on your mind with me without worrying about being judged. In a collaborative way, we will explore and work through your concerns, worries, conflicts and any experience you want to share with me to help you function better and develop a greater awareness of your own mind. I am committed to your care.

I have experience working with a wide variety of psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, loss, trauma, adjustment issues, marital conflict, and multicultural intergenerational issues to name a few.

I bring a solid educational background and clinical training to my work with my patients that values respect, dignity and a deep appreciation for the human condition in all its diverse presentations. I borrow from different therapy techniques to best suit my patients’ needs ranging from symptom relief to a deeper understanding of one’s own mind for personal growth.

More Info About My Practice

I believe that symptoms of psychological problems are signs of deeper, underlying problems that need to be understood. Sometimes the ways in which we cope may no longer work for us and therefore need to be understood and modified to achieve psychological health. I can help you by understanding why you do what you do and why you think and feel the way you do. This type of approach goes beyond symptom relief and can lead to lasting psychological changes. How will we achieve these changes?

One of the most powerful forces of change in therapy is the relationship between the therapist and patient. I am committed to creating a stable, secure and professional therapy relationship with you, where you can freely share your thoughts and feelings without the fear of being judged. Often we don’t have such a space in our other relationships and the ability to do so in therapy is what makes it a special and healing relationship.

Together we will explore your worries, fears, conflicts, wishes and desires to make sense of them and understand their role and function in your life. We will find the answers you are looking for as you wrestle with self-defeating behaviors, painful feelings and disturbing thoughts. In this way you will become more self-aware. As this process unfolds your psychological symptoms will begin to resolve and you will be reconnected to healthy parts of yourself. You can expect to learn different ways of both expressing and managing your distress in ways that deepen your relationship to yourself and others. You will find that you have more choice and you will feel less at the hands of your old ways of coping that have not been working for you. You will be driving the change in your life as I support you in this process.

It is difficult to trust someone with your feelings and thoughts. Therapy can make you feel vulnerable and I understand that. I encourage you to contact me for any questions you have about my practice and we can see if we could work together well. I look forward to hearing from you.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English
  • Hindi/Urdu

Groups I Work With

    I have experience working with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, abuse and trauma, abandonment and trust, multigenerational trauma, multicultural concerns, academic problems, marital conflict and adjustment issues with adult patients age 18 years and older. In the past I have also worked with children and families who were involved in the children system of care (child welfare services, juvenile justice system, foster care system) due to abuse, neglect, and trauma in the family.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Immigration issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sex Addiction
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic

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