The groundwork for becoming what we do is laid in our childhood, and the rest unfolds.
I’m a practicing Psychotherapist following a psychodynamic and mindfulness approach with an experience of 7 years.
‘Methodical yet intuitive and full of appreciation’ – this summation has dominated my learning and does till date. I’ve been born and brought up in Mumbai and schooling has been through Lady Vissanji Girls’ Academy. To share a bit, I was never great at taking exams but as each one is compensated, I was blessed with the ability to seek depth in every subject I fancied. Post schooling, I chose Arts stream and graduated from Mithibai College (Chauhan College of Arts), Psychology majors, in 2003. I found Counseling Psychology in facilitating change of immense value. Plans to pursue Masters from the same University were thwarted due to a lackluster marksheet: a boon in disguise. A rigorous experiential training for becoming a Psychotherapist & Counselor from Institute of Psychotherapy & Management Sciences (IPMS) in 2007 came as my unseen benevolent vehicle. This took me even closer to my aspirations than what I had originally planned. Here I had the fortune to be taught by some truly good teachers. I completed my Masters in Psychology from Chennai University, in 2006.
The finale to my training & education unfolded in the form of my own personal therapy for 2 yrs which lasted from early 2004 to early 2006; Personal therapy was my chosen elective to gain clarity and above all to experience diverse states encompassing discomfort and anxiety that a client would face, making us appreciative of the client’s journey.
Work has brought a lot of surprises, associations and even tutelages. The basket has been eclectic- school children, NGO’s, private practice, college students, families, etc. Through my internship in GNMS School at Chakala in 2004, I had the privilege and exposure to absorb the psycho-socio dynamics at play. I proceeded to work in a group called INpsyGHT and through it worked on project basis, conducting group therapy with Anjuman-E-Islam schools at V.T., workshops for training Counselors, Career Decision making, etc. A small Private Practice catering to children and adults had already started. I have grown with them. School phobia, relationship issues faced by teens, youth and adults, middle-aged adults going through career change, etc. were the kind of cases I started out with. Today, it is extended to individuals seeking relief and change from day to day stress, indecisions, addictions, painful anxieties and depression. In 2009 I worked as a Senior Counselor at Touching Lives, an NGO catering to slum communities and education. These experiences remain priceless and the children and volunteers from Touching lives have stayed in touch rekindling fond memories. A Teacher’s Training Program for a village school in Mayurbhanj (Orissa) became one of my most treasured experiences, where I received as much as I imparted, a rare and wonderful exchange of ideas and information especially when it comes to Real priorities in life. Currently, along with my Practice, I’m a Visiting Psychotherapist with Don Bosco Colleges at Kurla (DBCL) & associated with ‘Ascent’ (Dr. Ambrish Bhatt) and ‘Enablers’ (Mr. Narendra Kinger & his team). After a fortunate chance encounter with the extremely perceptive and unassuming Clinical Psychologist Sadia Raval on Dr. Shetty’s online counselor group, the enriching meeting has transformed in an alliance to impart therapy to a larger group of people at ‘Inner Space’.
When I’m not updating myself and reading, my time is filled with Family, Creativity and Meditation.