SOMA Women in Business — Neena Kumar, Enlightened Psychology

Last fall, Matters Magazine cel­ebrated women in the South Orange-Maplewood business community with a feature spread on “Women in Business.” These women represent a range of  professions – from architecture and beauty to speech pathology and financial services. In all, 26 women-owned businesses are profiled. See the original Matters Magazine feature here.

Village Green has partnered with Matters Magazine to give these local women entrepreneurs a digital platform and is posting each profile individually on our website during the month of March — Women’s History Month. Today, we celebrate:

Neena Kuma, Enlightened Psychology

Neena Kuma, Enlightened Psychology. Photo credit: Jamie Meier.

Why I started my business
In graduate school I had a vision of being a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City and for many years I practiced there. When I moved back to my former hometowns of Maplewood/South Orange, I opened a second branch here and practice as a generalist for children, adults, and families. When a child has a learning issue I can give them a psychoeducational evaluation and settle them in school.

Most valuable lesson learned
Everyone has their own anxiety, tolerance for stress, and internal battles. If we judge someone based on our tolerance or what we believe to be normal we are missing the chance for true empathy.

My tools of the trade
My mind is my most important tool along with attention and focus, memory, and the ability to be both present and analyze the material concurrently.


Neena Kuma, Enlightened Psychology
54 Church Street, South Orange
[email protected]

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