Type: Therapist, Therapy, Psychologist (Currently on leave):

Amrita Kajaria (She/Her)

Amrita (She/Her) is a mental health therapist from Aurangabad who practices online.

Amrita is 28 years old, with at least 5 years of experience.

Therapy Services:   Individual Therapy (For Everyone) Grief Counselling Also Works With Queer Folks 🏳️‍🌈

Not taking sessions.Accepts Enquiries via Email.

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  • Practicing Since: 5 years
  • Appointments Via: Email, WhatsApp
  • Medium:
    • 🌐 Online
  • City: Aurangabad
  • Qualifications:
    • Ed.M Mental Health Counseling, Columbia University, New YorK
    • MA Psychology, Clinical, SNDT University, Mumbai
  • Additional Qualifications:
    • Certified QACP, Mariwala Health Initiative, Mumbai
    • Certificate in Transactional Analysis Certified Mental Health First-Aider
    • National Council for Behavioural Health
    • Certificate in Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Languages Known: English, and Hindi (English might be their primary language for therapy)
  • Hourly Fee (₹): 2,500
  • Payments Via: Bank Transfer, UPI
  • Available On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
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  • Why did you choose to become a counsellor?
    It’s funny to think that the subject I chose in my 11th grade as a way to “be done” with math is now something I am so passionate about. At that point I was not fully aware of the depth of Psychology. As I delved deeper, I was filled with curiosity and the question “why” became very apparent. I wondered about the why of behaviour, emotions, actions and a lot more. Seeking answers to these questions helped (and continues to help) me become more aware of myself, my relationships and my surroundings. Most importantly it allowed me to support myself in ways that I find meaningful. I believe that we are meaning-making individuals, striving to lead fulfilling and authentic lives. I also believe that when life throws lemons at us, it helps to have support. I become a counsellor to support individuals in finding, creating and honouring their journey of meaning-making.
  • What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
    Being able to know the person behind the problem. We are a lot more than the “issues” we deal with and being able to witness the resilience of the individual is the most humbling part of my work. The connection that a therapeutic relationship creates is special and one that I deeply value.
  • What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
    I hope that our interaction allows clients to feel safe and understood. Being able to feel heard, seen and accepted can be empowering in itself and I would like my clients to experience the same through our sessions. I would like my clients to take back with them a sense of personal agency to navigate their concerns. Finally, I would like clients to have an understanding of the therapeutic process and know that we will be working collaboratively.
  • What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?
    That it’s ok to seek help. It may feel scary, confusing or even upsetting, all of which is completely understandable. The taboos around seeking support may even make it seem unapproachable. While it can help to recognize these challenges, it is important to not let them come in the way of seeking the support you need. Instead, reach out to a professional and have a conversation about your feelings regarding seeking help. Ask all the questions you need to gain a sense of clarity regarding the process. Take your time to assess whether the values and approach of the therapist aligns with you. What is most important is that you give yourself the care you deserve. There is comfort in knowing that you do not have to deal with things alone.
  • Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.
    Therapy is a collaborative process, one that can be fun and that is exactly the kind of relationship I try to build with my clients. Therapy is not a magic pill, but a magical participation between the client and the therapist. Unlike popularized by movies and media, the relationship is neither about advice giving nor is it about me being the expert on someone else’s life. I honor the ways in which clients have supported & protected themselves prior to engaging in therapy. I view my role as one that further supports clients in unpacking concerns they wish to, in ways that enable them to feel empowered. I deeply value the rapport and relationship that I share with my clients and I strive to build a relationship that feels safe. The hope is that within this safety clients can be more accepting of their humanity, their inherent worthiness and explore their very reason for being in therapy.
  • In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
    Recognizing how clients actually know what is best for them and being able to witness their stories of resilience. It’s amazing to see how they can build capacity and space for their emotions and themselves !
  • What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
    My ability to listen, to be curious, to be gentle, to be able to tune in with feelings, to be patient, to be attuned to the ways in which our bodies try to communicate to us, to be present and genuine desire to understand and build connection. I also believe I am a warm, compassionate, ethical and culturally sensitive therapist. In a culture that normalizes hustling, I love that I am able to create a space to slow down for myself and my clients.
  • What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
    In my free time, you will find me find me nurturing my plants, spending time with friends and family, playing with my pet dogs, listening to music and trying my hand at cooking different cuisines. I engage in a regular practice of yoga & meditation and every once in a while I like to play badminton. I believe in “small things often” and my free time is usually about engaging in these little things that matter to me. I love my alone time and engaging myself in a good read or tv series with a cup of chai is my happy space!
  • What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?
    I work with a wide range of concerns such as complex trauma, anxiety, emotional difficulties, grief & loss, relationship issues, difficulties related to life transitions, self-esteem, motivation, body image & health based concerns, personality related vulnerabilities, identity based concerns and other mood related issues. I work with clients above the age of 13 and have experience in working with adolescent, young adults and adults.
  • What is the therapeutic approach you use? How would you describe it to someone who wants to consult you for therapy?

    I adopt a trauma informed, cultural-relational and queer affirmative approach that enables individuals to appreciate their individuality, develop a sense of agency, self-compassion and self-awareness.

    Guided by a holistic approach to well-being, I strive to bring in an understanding of the nervous system and the mind-body connection to help clients create a sense of safety, develop an understanding of their emotions and build capacity to stay/tolerate their emotions. I believe that the body has its unique ways of communicating to us and there is immense wisdom in tapping into this communication. I, therefore incorporate mindfulness, somatic (body-based) and presence oriented (such as breathwork) practices to help clients stay resourced & resilient.

    Given that we are social beings and derive meaning from relationships, I also try to understand the impact these relations have had on the client and the concerns they bring into the space. Processing the thoughts and emotions related to these dynamics, rather than judging them can be a important part of the process (based on client’s goals and concerns). I also view therapy as a space to unfold wounds stemming from systemic factors and adopt a social-justice framework in understanding each client’s narrative.

  • How do you make your therapeutic practice a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx?
    In my work with members of the queer and trans community, I try to be mindful and aware of the privileges I hold. I aim to create a space characterized by acceptance, safety and gentleness, one that allows the individual to feel seen and heard. I believe language can play a vital role in creating an affirmative and inclusive space and am mindful about the same. I try to understand and the several systemic factors and social structures that perpetuate the myriad of stressors that queer and trans folx experience. In my role as a counsellor I try to, I adopt a social- justice framework by challenging heteronormative norms, dialogues and structures that have been “normalized” within and outside the space of therapy. Given that peer support can play a vital role in healing and change, I work towards compiling resources and spaces that can support queer and trans clients in their journey of well-being. I strive to uphold and honor the role of being an ally by continuing to educate and update myself.
  • The Quote Amrita Resonates With

    "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"

    (Lyrics from Anthem by Leonard Cohen)

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