Suma Karandikar


Known for her warm and compassionate presence, Suma prides herself in creating a safe and encouraging space for individuals and couples to do the work that lends to lasting positive change.

About Suma

Suma proudly serves as the Owner and Director of Thrive Postpartum, Couples and Family, previously the Postpartum Wellness Center that was founded in October 2013. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with nearly 20 years of experience working with adults, couples and families and utilizes variety of therapeutic models including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy as well as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

Certifications and appointments

Certified Gottman Therapist Over a three-year program, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have personally trained Suma in what the industry largely recognizes as the highest quality couples therapy. Using the Gottman Method, Suma works to help her clients leverage action-oriented techniques that are based on cutting edge scientific research into what makes relationships work.

Certified Perinatal Mental Heath Specialist Suma has extensive post-graduate training in the assessment and treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). In additional to the Postpartum Support International training, Suma has gone on to complete Karen Kleiman's landmark postgraduate clinical training in PMADs.

Related, Suma also has extensive experience in grief and loss work specific to miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss.

Postpartum Support International: Suma formerly served on the Board of Directors as the Chair of Education and Training for Postpartum Support International, a leading organization that researches and advocates for women’s mental health and therapeutic intervention.


Suma received her Master’s in Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and her Bachelor's in Psychology at the University of Iowa.

Personal passions

In her free time, Suma enjoys yoga and traveling. She has been married for more than 20 years and has three children.