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About

Where am I now?

Sangheetha Parthasarathy is an international award-winning and trauma expert and is considered a thought leader in the field of mental health, especially for people of color. She is a regular speaker and sits on the board of many forums related to mental health. She runs her own platform called sangparth.com (formerly worldoula.com) where she provides thought leadership and consulting services to both individuals and organizations on trauma and resilience.

My Story

Hailing from a traditional puritanical south-Indian family, I  was a classic overachiever and went to premier institutes in India and the US -UPenn, Harvard to name a few. I had a great career as a strategy consultant. But when I embarked on the motherhood journey  I discovered a whole new world, which sat at the intersection of birth, attachment and healing trauma. I  had a beautiful homebirth. But when I went back to work, my former life did not make sense at all and struggled a lot at work and with motherhood, and realized that a lot of my own early childhood trauma was catching up with me now. I quit my job, moved to India as a birth doula first, where the rampant patriarchy and technocratic systems further broke me, I  was stuck – I couldn’t go back to my former life, and I couldn’t fully embrace this new awakening either.

Why am I so passionate about this work?

I strongly and firmly believe that if we can break toxic intergenerational cycles we heal all of humanity – so much of toxicity and violence in the world is rooted in our attachment systems, which in turn has moved from secure to disorganized in the past few generations. Traditional approaches to mental health are rooted in capitalistic, colonial roots and without naming the systemic nature of trauma - rooted in patriarchy, colonialism and capitalism. Much of what is stored in brown bodies all over the world is a manifestation of one or more of these in our families, passed on through gestation, birth and early attachment.  So much of trauma is cultural, and therefore our therapeutic approaches need to be to and it's this approach that helped me heal and breathe.

Lessons Learned

It is through this journey that I  discovered my own nervous system patterns, her anxiety-ridden childhood growing up in a chaotic household with two schizophrenic family members had taken a huge toll, on her body, her nervous system and everything associated with it. It takes a lot to say that out loud - because I was always a high achiever, I couldn’t possibly be traumatized! And of course, it is blasphemy to name anything related to your family of origin as contributing to your mental state. 

It was all-pervasive too – it had an impact on my weight, my ability to parent, my ability to show up and embrace my destiny in my career and in all my relationships. It is then that I deeply understood the importance of the body in this mental health dialog – I discovered somatic experiencing, first as a client and then now as a therapist. This work has given me a new lease on life, a new language to explain everything – chronic illnesses, patterns at work, weight loss, sex, birth and parenting. The answers were always in the body, and it's only when we come home to it, that we can live up to our potential. I  also learned and experienced the amazing neuroplasticity of her own brain as it healed from complex trauma patterns– and this amazing ability of all human bodies to rewire at any age and heal.

I then invested the next four years of my life learning everything I could about the nervous system, I found amazing mentors and patient tutors to help hold my hand so I could experience this for myself and in my transformation as a therapist/guide/coach. 

And this journey has led me to a place of quiet acceptance and naming of the intergenerational pattern of struggle, while holding empathy for all that generational experience, as well as be able to draw a boundary between those patterns and myself and my children. It is a nuanced and layered inner work that started when I was 18 and culminated in my unique methodology to work with brown bodies in therapy. 
 

Why am I so passionate about this work?

It is through this journey that I  discovered my own nervous system patterns, her anxiety-ridden childhood growing up in a chaotic household with two schizophrenic family members had taken a huge toll, on her body, her nervous system and everything associated with it. It takes a lot to say that out loud - because I was always a high achiever, I couldn’t possibly be traumatized! And of course, it is blasphemy to name anything related to your family of origin as contributing to your mental state. 

It was all-pervasive too – it had an impact on my weight, my ability to parent, my ability to show up and embrace my destiny in my career and in all my relationships. It is then that I deeply understood the importance of the body in this mental health dialog – I discovered somatic experiencing, first as a client and then now as a therapist. This work has given me a new lease on life, a new language to explain everything – chronic illnesses, patterns at work, weight loss, sex, birth and parenting. The answers were always in the body, and it's only when we come home to it, that we can live up to our potential. I  also learned and experienced the amazing neuroplasticity of her own brain as it healed from complex trauma patterns– and this amazing ability of all human bodies to rewire at any age and heal.

I then invested the next four years of my life learning everything I could about the nervous system, I found amazing mentors and patient tutors to help hold my hand so I could experience this for myself and in my transformation as a therapist/guide/coach. 

And this journey has led me to a place of quiet acceptance and naming of the intergenerational pattern of struggle, while holding empathy for all that generational experience, as well as be able to draw a boundary between those patterns and myself and my children. It is a nuanced and layered inner work that started when I was 18 and culminated in my unique methodology to work with brown bodies in therapy. 
 

About you, and how I can help

 I have my own personal experience as well as working with hundreds of clients over the past few years and helping them transform and move past patterns of stuckness, despair and dissociation to embodied expansion into life. What’s it's worth getting your life back? Your sense of self restored? To me it was everything, and this is why I am now committed to helping you experience it. 

Many of my clients come to me, after trying various approaches and therapy. Some seek yoga and meditation, some seek cognitive therapies, some in expressive arts, or endurance sports or diets. Many more have been to so many different therapists and have had some degree of success - but some of them did not have the cultural/systemic competence, some carried so much systemic trauma in their bodies that the clients have been re-traumatized. 

Some clients have read up on so much and are exhausted. They say that while they can intellectualise what’s happening to them, the triggers and the reactions and their intensity haven’t changed. 

Many like me have cognitively overridden certain nervous system patterns, and even worn it as a badge of honor because there is so much emphasis on hustling. But that comes at a tremendous cost, as life happens. Certain life events could cause these layers to want to show up for healing - a new relationship, loss, grief, pandemic, parenthood, loss of a job or physical ailments. 

There is no one-size-fits-all for nervous system regulation. Ask me, I know because I have invested in most of these modalities, books and conferences over the years.

 

What I have created now, as a therapeutic modality, involves your body as a resource. Most approaches to healing are very body-phobic. As if it’s all in the mind, and then when we recruit the body, what happens in therapy is that your body leads. And when you can name the systemic and intergenerational aspects in the body, that builds that safety in that therapeutic container. And that's how the change happens. Sometimes even in just one session. Come experience it for yourself. 

MSc (Tech) BITS Pilani 2004
Masters in Computer Science, University of Cincinnati 2007
Social Impact Strategy Fellow, University of Pennsylvania 2016
Healthcare Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Fellow, Hardvard University & Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2018
Mental Health :
Somatic Experiencing Practioner (Expecting to finish in 2021, awaiting the last module due to COVID)
Dynamic Attachment Repatterning, level 1 
Trauma-Informed Stabilisation Treatment, level 1
Embodied Recovery (eating disorders) level 1
Bodymind centering level 1
Sexual Trauma and healing, Pelvic trauma studies 
Birth Trauma Resolution Practioner
Pre-and perinatal trauma (mentorship and experiential work) 
Birth :
Trained under Dr. Michel Odent, Birth Doula
KGHypnobirthing Practitioner 

About you :

Again, there is no one profile of a client. 
But from experience, here is the kind of person who is drawn to my work, and benefits from it. 

You are smart. You may not know or recognize it about yourself, but you are intelligent as well as intuitive. You see patterns that not many people see. You may struggle with everyday tasks which seem easy to other people, but you can understand deeply the human experience and connect the dots, in other words, certain complex things come super easy to you. And because you feel so much all the time, it may be hard for you to step back sometimes. You are passionate, you are committed to doing things differently and are ready to invest in this change. If this is you, let’s work together.

My Interests

Systemic Issues - South Asian achievement parenting trauma, purity culture trauma, racism, casteism, privilege, lgbtqa+, sexual issues, early attachment, in-utero and preconception imprints, abuse, narcissism, patriarchy, vaginismus, fertility and birth trauma, stress eating, and financial anxieties.