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About Dr. Sonal Markanda



Dr. Sonal Markanda, PhD, LP, HSP, CCTP-II, C-PGRS

Minnesota Licensed Psychologist #6119

National Register Health Service Psychologist #60581 


PhD | Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, University of Minnesota

MSEd | Counseling Education, Northern State University

BS | Psychology, Northern State University


Clinical | Inpatient, residential, hospital-based, and outpatient services provided to adults, adolescents, and children

Modalities | Individual, group, couples, and family counseling

Supervision | Board approved to provide supervision for LPCCs and LPCs in Minnesota


Public Policy | Previously, working for the Department of Human Services, I was tasked to enforce state and national Medicaid standards and served as the public policy consultant for Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment, and Culturally Specific Grants.

Statistics and Analysis | Proficient in applying technology within the clinical sector including conducting detailed, high-level statistical data analysis.



Minnesota Board of Psychology | Vice Chair (2024) - Doctoral Level Board Member

NAMI MN | Board Member

American Psychological Association | Member 

Minnesota Psychological Association | Chair (2023-2024) of Diversity Committee and Multicultural Division | 


CCTP-II: Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

C-PGRS: Certified Pet Grief Recovery Specialist 


  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level II Training with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (2024 - in process)

  • Essentials of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Beck Institute (2023)

  • CBT for Personality Disorders with Beck Institute (2023)

  • Attachment, Personality, and Psychotherapy with Harvard Medical School (September 2023)

  • Integrating the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation into Clinical Practice with D & JAM (October 2022)

  • EMDR Training with EMDR Center of Rockies (February 2022)

  • Introduction to Dissociation and the MID with D & JAM (February 2022)

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I Training with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (March 2021)

  • Intensive Workshop in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania (July 2020)

  • Intensive Training in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Prolonged Exposure Protocol for PTSD with Dr. Melanie Harned at Behavioral Tech (October 2019)

  • Mentalization Based Treatment: Basic Training with Peter Fonagy and Gunderson Personality Disorders Institute at McLean Hospital - Harvard Affiliate (May 2019)

  • Adaptive Internal Relational Network Model with Applied EMDR Therapy Protocol with Midwest Center for Trauma and Emotional Healing (May 2017)

  • How to Treat Attachment Disturbances in Adults with Daniel Brown, PhD and The Attachment Project

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with DBT Associates

  • RO DBT with DBT Associates and Robert Lynch, PhD

I treat several disorders including but not limited to: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex PTSD (C-PTSD), OCD, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Mood Disorders, Phase of Life/Situational Problems (School, Marriage, Friendships, Occupational, etc.).

I enjoy focusing on the intersection of Spiritual, Cultural, Physical, and Mental Health factors and utilize a biopsychosocial approach to ensure your intake, and subsequent treatment, is comprehensive and well suited to your individual needs.


I take several, but not all, health insurance plans. Please reach out to confirm if you're health insurance plan is in network. 

Otherwise, rates for Out of Pocket are as follow:

Diagnostic Assessment/Intake (up to 75 minutes)                $280.00

Individual Therapy (one session, up to 60 minutes)              $220.00

Individual Therapy (one session, up to 45 minutes)              $200.00

Individual Therapy (one session, up to 30 minutes)              $180.00

Couples Therapy (one session, up to 60 minutes)                 $240.00

Couples Therapy (one session, up to 45 minutes)                 $220.00

Couples Therapy (one session, up to 30 minutes)                 $200.00

Late Cancel or No-Show Fee                                                 $75.00

Court Preparation/Attendance (hourly)                                 $350.00

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Learn About My Methods

Due to COVID-19, I'm currently providing virtual services only. 


The first few sessions involve completion of a Diagnostic Assessment, formulation of Treatment Goals, and taking the time to assess Therapist-Client fit. 

I implement effective, evidenced-based psychotherapy methods to instill self-understanding among patients and encourage the development of a strong sense of self. 


It is essential to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from you, too.


But in the end, making small changes to self-defeating behavior and coping with feelings of sadness, fear, and pain can bring life-altering results.

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