Type: Therapist, Therapy, Psychologist :
Anitha D Picture

Anitha (She/Her) is a mental health therapist from Chennai who practices online and offline. They’re based out of Teynampet, Chennai.

Anitha is 30 years old, with at least 5 years of experience.

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  • Practicing Since: 5 years
  • Appointments Via: Email, WhatsApp
  • City: Chennai
  • Area: Teynampet, Chennai
  • Medium:
    • 🌐 Online
    • 📌 Offline
  • Qualifications:
    • M.Sc. Counselling Psychology, 2017–2019 - CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • Additional Qualifications:
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Attachment Theory : International Attachment Network - UK, 2021
    • Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy : The Embody Lab - USA, 12th February 2022
    • Trauma Healing With Dr. Peter Levine: :The Embody Lab - USA, 30th October 2021
    • Certificate of Attendance for Compassionate Inquiry: Healing Trauma, Illness and Addiction Through Connection, Facilitated by Dr. Gabor Maté and Sat Dharam Kaur ND : April - May, 2021 (4 Day Online Workshop)
  • Languages Known: English, and Tamil (English might be their primary language for therapy)
  • Hourly Fee (₹): 3,500
  • Payments Via: Bank Transfer, UPI/Google Pay, Cash
  • Available On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Notes: Fee for NRIs: Rs. 5000/- to Rs.8500/-
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  • Why did you choose to become a counsellor?
    I was able to witness how people felt held back internally from living their authentic lives because of certain incidents that happened to them in their life’s journey, and yet a part of them is always wanting, pushing, and enabling them to connect with their authentic self-expression to live a full life. This inspired me to get qualified as a counsellor, so that I could hold safe spaces for self-exploration and transformation.
  • What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
    Seeing people’s resilience and how creatively they have coped with and navigated their lives. To witness and nurture the strength and desire that lives within them as they break out of limiting thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. There is a sense of empowerment that excites me in my work as a counsellor.
  • What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
    To be seen and heard. A feeling of relief that comes from unburdening what they have been carrying by themselves and, maybe, one or two exercises on how to soothe their nervous system and move into a state of calm.
  • What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?

    Your journey into self-transformation has already begun when you started thinking about your own needs, desires, and wellness. Counseling is the next step in the process, where you work with a qualified mental health professional who assists you in this journey.

    Counselling is not only for people struggling with mental health distress but also for people who want to thrive.

    The process of counselling leaves one with increased self-awareness, an improved relationship with oneself, and also provides a space to process life incidents that are unconsciously keeping one stuck.

  • Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.
    I wish to build a relationship characterised by transparency and safety, where the client’s consent and choice are prioritised. A relationship where they can communicate authentically by giving feedback on what is working and what is not working without having to feel any power dynamics.
  • In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
    Through my work with clients, I’ve witnessed the remarkable resilience of the human spirit, reaffirming my belief that it’s never too late to initiate positive change and growth.
  • What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
    My strengths as a counsellor include empathy, communication skills, continuous learning, and creating a safe environment for clients.
  • What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
    Being with nature, listening to music, painting, reading, and watching documentaries.
  • What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?
    I specialise in providing therapy for adults aged 21 and older. My focus is on supporting individuals who are grappling with a variety of mental health challenges, including overthinking, struggles with self-esteem and self-confidence, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, feeling stuck / overwhelmed, and complex PTSD.
  • What is the therapeutic approach you use? How would you describe it to someone who wants to consult you for therapy?

    I adopt an integrative approach, addressing both mind and body to facilitate change for clients. Specializing in trauma-trained therapy, my depth-oriented practice integrates Attachment Theory, Relational Gestalt, and Somatic Psychotherapy. Please find below how I use the therapies in my practice:

    Trauma-trained - Understanding struggles of the individual in the context (micro & macro systems) of their lived experiences - wounds encountered, support available, and how they have impacted the nervous system. Working on the trauma directly for the purpose of integrating the deeply ingrained physiological and psychological responses that result from unintegrated trauma. Facilitating this process in a sensitive manner to avoid retraumatization.

    Attachment Theory and Relational approach - Exploring the quality of relationships one has experienced in their life. Understanding how these experiences have left imprints that continue to influence one’s relationship with themselves and others.

    Depth-oriented - This involves exploring the unconscious, bringing to light parts of the self that have been hidden, and integrating them over time.

    Somatic therapy - Working at the body and nervous system level to help understand and navigate the imprints of past experiences that are held in the body. Here, I work with the sensations and emotional energy of the past held in the body and empower the client to integrate and move through these sensations.

  • How do you make your therapeutic practice a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx?
    In my therapeutic practice, I ensure a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans individuals by using inclusive language, respecting chosen names and pronouns, and educating myself about LGBTQ+ identities and experiences. I prioritize active listening, non-judgmental support, and validation to foster trust and promote healing within our therapeutic relationship.
  • The Quote Anitha Resonates With

    Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.

    Peter .A. Levine

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