Neesa Sunar is a licensed therapist and mental health advocate from Queens, NYC. She writes and speaks publicly about stigma fighting, sharing her personal experiences playing music on viola.
"Growing Into Your Best Self" - Mental Health Lecture at VivaViola! 2023
I gave a lecture at VivaViola! on March 2, 2023, where I spoke about mental health for musicians. Specifically, I described Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and how musicians can utilize CBT techniques to manage negative thoughts in the practice room.
In-depth visit to New York Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center - 纽约社区精神康复中心深度探访
Sinovision Net filmed inside of Venture House, a psychosocial clubhouse in Jamaica, Queens. I am shown playing viola, contributing to the community overall. (Footage in Chinese and English)
"Clubhouse" Model Psychiatric Rehabilitation Institution Increases Services for Chinese Patients in New York - “会所”模式精神康复机构 加大对纽约华人患者服务
Article on Venture House, psychosocial clubhouse in Jamaica, Queens, includes info on me and my viola playing! (in Chinese)
Reporting #2 on Venture House, psychosocial clubhouse in NYC!
Article in Singtao USA about Venture House, featuring a bit on me playing viola! (Written in Chinese)
Reporting #1 on Venture House Psychosocial Clubhouse in Queens, NYC
Article in US China Press about Venture House, featuring info on me! (in Chinese)
Opinion: How teachers can help students deal with feelings of futility and despair
Violist and clinical support therapist Neesa Sunar explores how teachers can call on their own lived experience as musicians to help pupils who are struggling with feelings of sadness or futility.
A Therapist Tried to Explain CBT When I Was 11 Years Old, Ineffectively
An exploration on ways that CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) can be mistakenly used.
Neesa Sunar: How I use the mutuality of Intentional Peer Support in my music teaching
To aid students who have hit a barrier in learning, violist and clinical telehealth therapist Neesa Sunar provides four teaching scenarios which benefit from the empathetic approach of Intentional Peer Support
The Lost Art of Letter Writing: Is It Gone Forever?
My fervent beliefs on the power of letter writing, in strengthening friendships.
How to Creatively Express Yourself Through Intuitive Writing
Tips for utilizing the intuition in developing the skill of writing.
RAMPD COMMUNITY NEWS: MAY 2022
"RAMPD is spotlighting mental health wherever possible, including a conversation that we had with Neesa Sunar, a violist and social worker, who deals with mental illness. We also talk about Florence + the Machine’s new music video “Free.”"
"When I am in tune, my body knows it’: playing with multisensory aphantasia"
How do you tell a story with music when your mind cannot picture images? Violist and clinical telehealth therapist Neesa Sunar explains her tactile approach to music making.
Community Care and Transformative Mental Health (quote from me)
I'm quoted in this article, speaking on the importance of community in encouraging mental wellness.
A musician with sensory overload shows there are ways to adapt
A description of my sensory overload reaction to loud sound, and how I've learned to cope with it as a classical musician.
Podcast Appearance on PsychReg: Healing from Trauma
Neesa Sunar started out as a peer support worker before progressing as a social worker.