What I Value

Welcome! This is a place for clarity, growth and solutions!

My name is Aparna Samuel Balasundaram, a professional counsellor and psychotherapist. In 2001, I was awarded my license in the USA [New Jersey] to practice as a therapist. This means I have achieved a high level of training, best practice and counselling experience. With over 18 years of experience [including 10 years in the USA] in helping people across the globe resolve their problems coupled with my training from premier international institutions, I am confident that together we can help you gain control and clarity on your challenging life situation!

My clinical approach is founded on solution-centered approaches such as CBT [Cognitive Behavioural Therapy], Client-Centred Therapy and Positive Psychology. By applying these therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behaviour patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. The positive results of my work with adults, adolescents, couples and parents is made possible by providing support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies. These cover challenging issues such as depression, anxiety, marital stress, adolescence, parenting and other life stressors. I offer a personalized approach tailored to each of my clients needs to help them attain the changes, understanding and growth they're striving for.

I enter into the therapy process with deep respect and empathy for the courage and dedication of my clients. Consequently, I provide a safe, nurturing, non-judgmental and confidential environment in which thoughts and feelings can be discussed openly and the path to resolution can become clear.

You'll find information about me and my practice on this website, so please take a look around. To schedule an appointment, contact me today at (0)9582800790 or e-mail me at aparna@lifeskillsexperts.com.

I look forward to hearing from you!



  • LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker (New Jersey, USA - 2009)
  • State Certification for Clinical Social Work Supervisors (New Jersey, USA)
  • Clinical Certifications - Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
  • Awarded by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), New Jersey - for expertise as a psychotherapist.
  • Recognized as a 'Press Ganey Superstar' [a client feedback survey] highlighting expert clinical skills with children and adults. (Carrier Clinic, New Jersey, USA)
  • MS - Management of International Non-Profits, New York University, New York, USA
  • Honoured with the Deans Award for Academic Excellence from New York University
  • Pre-Doctoral - NIMHANS [National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences] Bangalore
  • MSW - TISS [Tata Institute of Social Sciences] Mumbai

  • I have appeared in numerous print and web articles and have also presented at International Conferences, including AFID (South Korea), the Second International Conference on Counselling, Psychotherapy and Wellness (arranged by Christ University, Bangalore and the University of Toronto), the Kathmandu Education Conference and the KRDWG Conference at the Alliance Francaise in Delhi.

    I am also the co-founder of two service offerings Life Skills Experts, which delivers a world-class Life Skills experiential program for children, parents and educators, and Work Skills Experts, which delivers performance enhancing solutions for corporate leaders and their teams - based on our proprietary methodology: Business Psychology.