As a member of the Insight Into Action Therapy team, Dr. Sumit Anand brings extensive experience in treating psychiatric disorders, dating back to 1993, where he worked and trained in both England and the United States.
As a result of his training and life experiences, Dr. Anand both believes in and practices a holistic, biopsychosocial approach—which includes all facets of a person’s life. Consequently, he does not solely focus on medications as the only solution to an individual’s needs, but more as one key piece of a “puzzle.” He utilizes education and therapy in addition to medication management during his sessions. Believing in a “big picture” approach, while also relying on the full range of skills of fellow team members at IIAT, he helps devise an individual’s “roadmap” to recovery.
Dr. Anand graduated from The United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals (University of London) 1992. He went on to serve partial residency training in psychiatry at University of Cambridge in England, as well as non-training posts in Forensic Psychiatry there, before coming to the United States to complete his psychiatry residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center (UVa) in 1998.
After completing his residency and specialist forensic psychiatric training at UVa in 2003, Dr. Anand went on to become board certified in Psychiatry in 2005, and then in Forensic Psychiatry in 2009.
Dr. Anand’s Background
Dr. Anand has served as the medical director at two state psychiatric hospitals in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He has also provided expert witness testimony to the DC Superior Court as well as Fairfax County Circuit Court, and is published on topics such as anger and diagnostic classification. Dr. Anand is also on the International Advisory Board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry as well as the editorial board of the World Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Health Research.
Dr. Anand’s own life experiences, training, and his longstanding interest in literature, philosophy and movies, have lead him to view individuals in the broad context of their life story not just their symptoms. He includes the emotional meaning of events and how crises can paradoxically be turned into opportunities for learning and personal growth.