Shanta N. Kanukollu, PhD

cropped-headshopt_snkPhD: University of Michigan

Shanta deeply values the relationship between therapist and client and believes that therapy is a collaborative process. She approaches therapy with a compassionate and open stance, striving to create a genuine connection with each of her clients. Shanta believes that this approach allows individuals to recognize their strengths while being vulnerable about their needs and concerns.

Shanta has extensive experience as a therapist in the Chicago area in a variety of settings that she incorporates into her clinical work, including Cook County Jail, the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court and the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Shanta has used these experiences to hone her skills as a therapist, allowing her to be comfortable working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds with diverse life experiences.

Shanta’s professional interests include working individually with clients who struggle with issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, gender violence and life transitions. Additionally, Shanta has a keen interest in working with individuals of color who may experience stress related to marginalization, acculturation, intergenerational conflict and family dynamics.

Outside of doing therapy at ALLIANCE, Shanta works at the Edward J. Hines VA Hospital and is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she enjoys teaching courses related to diversity and gender.

Shanta is available by email at or by phone at 773-270-2360.