Qualifications: • MA in Applied Psychology with specialization in Clinical Psychology
Additional Qualifications: • Queer Affirmative Counselling Practice Online Certificate Course - Mariwala Health Initiative • Anantaraa Arts Based Therapy – Art Therapy with Visual Art, Music and Drama - HEAL Foundation
Languages Known: English, Bengali/Bangla, and Hindi
Hourly Fee (₹): 1,500
Payments Via: Bank Transfer, UPI/Google Pay
Available On: Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Notes: Pay what you can slots: Starting from Rs. 300/- (these slots are currently unavailable)
Fee for NRIs: Non concessional slots: Rs. 2500/- | Pay what you can slots: Starting from Rs. 1000/- (these slots are currently unavailable)
Professionals with a degree in "Clinical Psychology", are listed on TheMindClan.com for their services as a therapist offering the service of therapy.
As I was growing up, mental health was never a topic of discussion. It only was a topic of prejudice, sometimes pity and was used to label people. I often wondered what these people were being labelled for. For not fitting in like the others? These questions existed within me and got amplified through my own experiences. That is what prompted me to enter the field of mental health and become a counsellor. To understand what mental health is and what it is influenced by. As I went deeper into my training, I began to find language that allowed me to speak of my own experiences, understand the nuances in mental health and the impact social constructs have on our mental health. Now, as a mental health professional I wish to create safe and accessible spaces to talk about mental health.
Choosing to seek therapy is an important step and one that can also be difficult for a person because of a multitude of reasons. I would encourage clients to take it slow, take time to understand what they need and what they want to talk about in therapy, to ask questions to their therapist and make informed choices to prioritize what they need.
I would like to build a therapeutic relationship that is collaborative, warm, provides space for vulnerability and is attuned to the knowledge clients have through their lived experiences. I wish for the client to know that as a therapist I am not an expert on their lives, but I am a fellow traveller who is here to listen and walk with them on this journey. Before beginning sessions, I invite clients to have a conversation where they can ask questions and we can discuss their rights in the therapeutic space.
While there have been many learnings along the way, the one that stays with me the most is that conversations around mental health cannot be restricted to the margins. They need to be front and centre with greater focus on shared community knowledge and lived experiences of persons.
Reading, listening to music (often sticking to familiar songs and playlists), some kind of artwork (including random scribbling!), trying out new food and going back to comfort food options, catching up with my people and taking naps.
I work across various populations (adolescents, young adults and older adults). In my work so far, I have worked with concerns around anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, and trauma. I am also queer affirmative and neurodiversity affirmative in my practice and have worked with clients exploring their gender and sexuality and neurodiversity.
I use a person centered, strength based and trauma informed approach. This means that in my work I prioritize the needs of my clients, their lived experiences, and their stories. I also bring in an intersectional, queer affirmative and neurodiversity affirmative lens in my work which means I recognize the impact of dominant social structures and narratives on people and their lives.
I am trained in queer affirmative work and continue to keep myself informed about the knowledge being shared by queer and trans* persons about their experiences. I make sure to be vocal about my stance, use inclusive language in my work and keep resources ready that I can share with my clients.
The Quote Ankita Banerjee Resonates With
They say a song can be a bridge, Ma. But I say its also the ground we stand on. And maybe we sing to keep ourselves from falling. Maybe we sing to keep ourselves.
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