(From former clients and focusing partners)
“Feelings of peaceful acceptance, warmth and gentle healing are always experienced in my sessions with you Sushmita. The depth of connection to the universal, clarity of resonance and fierce compassion your container offers me creates such an atmosphere alive with transformative potential. Your wisdom and gentle kindness are like a loving Grandmother or grove of ancient trees - a nectar for the soul. Feel so blessed to work with you.”
- C.H. (Artist)
"Sushmita is a person who listens to others with great compassion. She is extremely professional. She picks up the tiny light from the veil of thick darkness and helps me thinking optimistically even when things look very messy. She doesn’t dictate what I must do, but shares some deep insights that often push me to edge and ultimately reconnect with my own self."
- M.M. (Scientist)
“With Sushmita I felt totally safe to express my feelings and my desire to live a more fully connected spiritual life. She helped me to connect with my ancestors in deep meditation and today they continue to guide me on my way.”
- C.G. (Journalist)
“Sushmita and I were focusing partners for years. When she told me she would become a counselor, I knew she would be an extraordinary one. She is a great listener and has a deep understanding of a person. She has a rich inner world and instinctively infuses the other with permission to creatively tap into their inner resources. She has a wonderful combination of high intelligence and profound compassion.”
- L.F. (Artist)
“Sushmita has a unique approach to her counseling sessions, that is both methodological and intuitive, allowing self-reflection and analysis of difficult, life-long problems in a pleasant yet focused way. She suggests and uses different approaches in her counseling sessions, which is perfect for people that want to see their problems from different views and for people that want to step outside the conventional therapy style. I truly appreciate her effort and intelligence in finding a way to provide what is in its core a spiritual guidance - in the framework of a counseling session - without ignoring the need of practical solutions to problems as well.”
- I.P. (Scientist)
(From attendees of the former Manifestation Community Café)
“How do you commune with the great mysteries of life? Sushmita leans into them with courage and an open heart. It was not until Sushmita began to lead The Manifestation Café that I understood the power of rituals. Her attention to detail: candles, flowers, water, music, meditation and singing brought structure and always a clear purpose. We shared stories, poetry, art, visualizations and dance. With tenderness and profound wisdom, Sushmita guided us to be brave and to honor the core of our own humanity. She has helped me develop and deepen my own inner life, for which I am profoundly grateful.”
- V.S.V. (Artist)
“Sushmita is a gifted spiritual adviser. Her meditations create powerful images that continue to resonate through my life. A powerful peaceful presence, her understanding of diverse cultures and religions combined with her keen investigative perspective as a scientist create a pragmatic modern approach to moving through the world with a commitment to spirituality with integrity.”
- J.B. (Video Producer)
“As a facilitator of the Manifestation Café, Sushmita always created a safe place for the participants to be in. I was deeply touched by her sense of active listening, gentle wisdom and outpouring guidance that she provided. Sushmita’s voice simply invited the pure light and truth to come in. Many times, a profound deep healing took place and it always felt very natural. I appreciated Sushmita’s sensitivity and awareness of the different seasons of the year and therefore creating the themes of each meeting accordingly.”
- Z.R. (Student)
“Sushmita is a rare and talented individual who continues to master multiple healing modalities and integrate a variety of seemingly unconnected disciplines. She is a scientist, an artist, and a spiritual counselor. She is concerned with the big questions: Why are we here? What is our purpose? How can we live a conscious and grateful life on a daily basis? How can we connect with the ever-present loving spirit that exists within all living things? As the leader of the NYC Manifestation Café for several years, Sushmita engaged a committed group of “light-workers” in meditation, ritual, conversation and energy work to help us become grounded, centered and clear in knowing who we are, to remind us that we are not alone and to encourage us to bring our talents and gifts into the world.”
- B.P. (Coach, Teacher)
from teachers and mentors
"I have observed Sushmita's evolution over the past decade, from a predominantly left-brain-oriented scientist to an unusually skilled practitioner who is able to integrate intuitive, empathic, and cognitive modalities in her life and work. Her integrative experience in both the sciences and intuitive arts has given her the capacity to hold space for individuals and groups, as is witnessed by the evolution of the Manifestation Cafe in New York City under her leadership. I wholeheartedly endorse her work as a healer and mentor."
- Rick Jarow, PhD
Poughkeepsie, New York
“While Sushmita and I have not known one another for decades of time, we have worked at a level of connection that quite makes up for that! I have seen her engage in new forms of learning (Interspiritual Seminary and professional Jungian training) with the discipline and focus that her deeply scientific skills foster and watched as she added the dimensions of heart and soul to those studies. She and I have worked the questions even more diligently than the answers, knowing that the life mysteries that were being plumbed yield ever-evolving outcomes that are relevant to the extent that the questions that prompt them are. Sushmita is a wonderful example of a globally aware, multidimensional woman, with keen curiosity and genuine compassion – and oh, she sings!”
- Rev. Leslie Reambeault, LCSW
Santa Fe, New Mexico
"Sushmita brings a unique depth of spiritual wisdom, intelligence, and open-heartedness to her work, enabling her to make insightful observations. She has an immense capacity to sit with darkness and the uncharted and unknown regions of a person’s soul. With her knowledge of the world’s spiritual traditions, as well as Jungian archetypes, Sushmita draws from an extraordinary depth and breadth of spiritual and psychological treasures. Attentive and kind, Sushmita will help you understand your own journey more fully."
- Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault, M.Div.