Qualifications: • MSc. Clinical Mental Health Sciences (University College London)
Additional Qualifications: • Primary and Advanced Certificate in REBT (Albert Ellis Institute, New York) • PG Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapies (Women's Christian College, Chennai) • Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy (TISS) • Master Training in Integral Somatic Psychology • Introductory Course to Narrative Therapy (Children First and Dulwich Centre)
Languages Known: English, and Hindi
Hourly Fee (₹): 2,000
Payments Via: Pash, PayTM & UPI
Available On: Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Notes: Limited sliding scale slots from Rs.800 to Rs.1500.
I was awe-struck by a person in my life who was able to hold space for healing by being non-judgemental, empathetic, genuinely caring. I later realised, a profession could embody what I admired most in that person.
Psychotherapy is an opportunity to understand the ‘self’ better. The ‘self’ may be defined by our relationships with others, our thoughts and feelings, the unique experiences we live through or the circumstances surrounding us. It is in the careful attention we give to our self and our experiences in a safe space that enables us to make meaning, develop capacities and be guided ahead in our journeys. Through regular engagement with ourselves in this way, we become more aware of ourselves and in that awareness, become more empowered to cope with our big and small concerns. Therapy is for everybody.
I value the ability to be wholly present and grounded in therapy. I appreciate that I invest in learning the best ways to be helpful through training and supervision. I have genuine and unconditional positive regard towards clients.
I use an eclectic approach. This means, that together we will explore thoughts and feelings, significant interpersonal relationships throughout life, and emotions in the body when trying to understand emotional distress. I use cognitive-behavioural, somatic, relational, analytic and narrative therapy frameworks in my sessions.
My intake form asks for the clients pronouns and I provide mine, which I take great care to be mindful of. I let clients know that I am queer-affirmative, and address concerns with regards to gender and sexuality on my social media pages, website and all documents of intake. I do engage in advocacy and actively work towards being a good ally to the community. I take an effort to educate myself through reading, and have trained in QACP so I can understand the unique stressors that impact the mental health of queer individuals. I have resources, and references to queer- affirmative professionals as well as support groups to ensure that I can appropriately help a queer individual.
The Quote Ayesha Sharma Resonates With
Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language...The point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
Rainer Maria Rilke
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