Kiara Sunder

Kiara Sunder Clinical Psychologist

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What does your company do?

I specialize in diagnosing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. I provide psychotherapy to individuals, groups, and families to help reduce symptoms of mental health conditions. I personally conduct all sessions. I also facilitate family meetings and feedback sessions with workplaces and family members to ensure the best outcomes for the individual. Additionally, I conduct debriefings for companies after critical incidents, run employee assistance programs for hospitals, and create mental health content and advocacy for radio stations. My work is essential for promoting comprehensive mental well-being.

What is your biggest success?

I was called by an international company, for which I initially did pro bono work, to be the expert panel speaker on Post Natal Depression for their Mama Club national event across South Africa in 2024. This is the first time they've included a psychologist on the panel. They selected me due to my experience as a first-time mom, my background as a clinical psychologist, and my strong work ethic, which they appreciated from our previous collaborations. Each event hosts 100 moms and dads. Being able to share the challenges, disseminate evidence-based research, and reflect on personal experiences with parents across the country has been refreshing and aligns with my goal of serving others while living my dream. This role involves creating PowerPoint presentations, guest speaking, and engaging in live Q&A sessions, which has been exhilarating!

What has been your biggest hurdle?

The most challenging hurdle I faced was returning to my job after four months of maternity leave. Before I left, the corporate environment was accommodating. However, upon my return, the situation was traumatizing. The locum staff member who temporarily filled my position was hired permanently, and my job tasks were assigned to her. I was relegated to menial work and had to endure many microaggressions and difficulties. Every day, I came home in tears, largely due to a female manager who was envious. This pain became my purpose. Through my frustration, I created and developed my own business. I took a leap of faith, resigned, and embarked on my entrepreneurial journey. I've never looked back.