Dr.Sonaa Kakar MD

Dr. Sonaa Kakar MD is an experienced and qualified Psychiatrist with an additional interest and training in a contemporary form of Psychoanalysis called Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy from the ISTDP Institute Washington DC . Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy through scientific study has been found to be effective in treating nearly 80 % of out patient psychiatric problems, which includes Resistant Depression , Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychosomatic disorders, Panic Attacks and Generalized Anxiety disorders, Personality Disorders , Eating Disorders Sexual Disorders and a host of Self Sabotaging Behaviors.

Dr. Sonaa Kakar  prescribes many forms  of treatment  with the greatest focus being on providing an optimum healing experience ,symptom reduction and increased productivity of the individual

In 2014 after many years of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy practice and closely noticing the effects of different forms of interventions for psychological issues ,she was convinced that only a good Psychotherapy teaching program over several years with close monitoring of the patients verbal and non verbal communication and offering a healing experience to the patient would be necessary to achieve profound results. She enrolled for a Core training in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy ,the first of its kind in India offered by two remarkable internationally acclaimed trainers and psychotherapists and travelled 4 times a year to another city consistently for 4 years ,never ever missing a single opportunity to learn this wonderful technique of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy as painstakingly discovered by the founder of ISTDP Dr. Habib Davanloo and taught by two eminent therapists Dr.Thomas Brod MD and author Jon Frederickson MSW.

In 2016 ,she was delighted to receive an invitation from Dr.Habib Davanloo MD , The founder of Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy to attend his Annual Conference on the Metapsychology of the Unconscious at Montreal, Canada. Dr. Davanloo has revolutionized the way Psychotherapy is taught through video recording sessions and closely observing each session to find the most helpful intervention on a case to case basis.
In 2017 and 2018 she organized two workshops on ISTDP and invited Dr. Thomas Brod MD as Faculty at Hyderabad.

In 2019 Jon Frederickson Author of Three Outstanding Books, and The Founder of the ISTDP Institute offered her his Training of Trainers program.

In 2020 ,She conducted six Teaching programs on ISTDP over two days each and initiated a new Core training course (2020) for three years which is certified by the ISTDP Institute Washington DC.


She completed her MD in 1997 from Sarojini Naidu Medical College Agra.
She did her MBBS from Maharani Laxmi Bai medical College Jhansi


In Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy which is a contemporary form of Psychoanalysis in a shortened format from the ISTDP Institute Washington DC.

Training of trainers in ISTDP(2019)
from the ISTDP Institute


1.Dr.Thomas M Brod MD, DFAPA
Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry
Geffen UCLA School of Medicine

2.Jon Frederickson MSW
Author, Co Chair the ISTDP institute Washington DC .

Co-Creating Change: effective dynamic therapy techniques
The Lies We Tell Ourselves: how to face the truth, accept yourself, and create a better life
Co-Creating Safety: Healing the Fragile Patient


Ethical and Legal Issues in the Process and drop outs of Marital and Family therapy in India

Sexual Transference Towards a therapist in the mid Phase of short term dynamic therapy -A case Report

Integrating Cognitive restructuring within Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Erectile dysfunction


Dr Sonaa is currently offering a three year training and supervision program to Psychotherapists in India in Intensive Short Term Dynamic psychotherapy . This course carries a certificate from the ISTDP institute after completion.

In addition she offers SHORT Psychotherapy training workshops online


Dr. Sonaa Kakar currently offers ONLINE Psychotherapy sessions or at Begumpet Hyderabad in a private setting. For appointment with the doctor you could send a mail to– talktimeclinic@gmail.com


Dr.Sonaa Kakar  combines different Psychotherapy techniques giving acute attention to what maybe the most useful intervention depending on presenting problems.

1.Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

2.Cognitive restructuring

3.Self Reflection

4.Self observation and Mindfulness

5.Supportive therapy

6.Relaxation training and

7. EFT and EMDR


She is a fellow of the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) and Co-chairperson subcommittee for Psychotherapy

Member of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy  Association.

Founding member of  Psychodermatology Association of India