Divya Srivastava, Therapist from Mumbai | Online & Offline Therapy In India | TheMindClan

Divya Srivastava

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Divya Srivastava (She/Her) is a mental health counsellor from Mumbai who practices online and offline. They practice in Chembur, Navi Mumbai & Parel.

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  • Age: 31
  • Practicing Privately Since: 5 years
  • Appointments Via: Email
  • Area: Chembur, Navi Mumbai & Parel
  • Qualifications:
    • Masters in Counselling from Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  • Languages Known: English, and Hindi
  • Hourly Fee (₹): 1,500 - 3,000
  • Payments Via: Bank Transfer, PayTM & UPI
  • Available On: Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • City: Mumbai
  • Notes: (Sliding Scale is available). First Session - the fee is Rs. 1000.
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  • Why did you choose to become a counsellor?
    I was always drawn to studying humanity at a deeper, more personal level, passionate about uncovering what lies at the roots of the human experience, what drives us to be who and what we are, and how all of that can be changed if necessary in order to release all that which is no longer serving our purpose. Having experienced the benefits of therapy in my own personal journey, navigating through trauma, insecurities, and severe issues related to body image, I chose to become a counsellor to be able to create and hold that space for another being who could also be feeling stuck at a particular juncture in their life, and assist them in taking their story forward.
  • What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
    The most exciting part about my work as a counsellor is holding space for my clients as they navigate through their doubts, fears, anxieties, sadness, or denial, and learn to overcome their difficulties by being kinder to themselves and their world. Being their collaborative guide on this journey is my sheer privilege, and I feel really humbled to get that glimpse into their personal, innermost world.
  • What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
    I hope that after their first session, the clients feel safe, understood, and heard. I also hope that they take the first step towards respecting and valuing themselves by trusting their own wisdom, and recognize therapy as a collaborative process that will help them on their journey of unleashing their true potential.
  • What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?

    Seeking counselling is an act of self-care. It’s okay to not know what to expect, or feel awkward, confused, and scared about seeking therapy. Reach out to a mental health professional and ask your questions. When going to a counsellor or therapist for the first time, it is alright to ask them about their qualifications and their attitudes towards receiving supervision and therapy for themselves (yes, therapists need to be in therapy too to ensure their own issues are not spilling over the client’s sessions!). If you find them evading your questions or not giving satisfactory answers, it is alright to seek another therapist. Also, not every therapist will be the right fit for you - and that’s okay. However, if you find yourself changing therapists frequently, sometimes, it helps to explore what’s really not working for you, and what is it that you are really seeking.

    Questions around the therapists' experience, the fee they offer, are also valid. Curiosity is always welcome!

  • Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.
    I wish for my clients to view me as a collaborative guide helping them on their journey towards discovering themselves, and I hope we share a relationship that is based on mutual respect, trust, and authenticity. I don’t wish to be viewed as an expert who has all the answers.
  • In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
    I am in awe of each client of mine who drop all masks they’re wearing, and just allow themselves to be fully exposed in the session. The space we create together is something that I consider sacred and hold in the highest of regards. I feel my greatest learning from my clients has been the brave, courageous and difficult act of not just acknowledging and accepting my vulnerabilities, but actually showing them to the world.
  • What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
    I am a good listener and I believe I have deep respect for all my clients. I really love knowing them for the wonderful people they are, connecting with them, and viewing them minus their labels.
  • What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
    I love to read, watch movies and television shows. On weekends, I just love sleeping in, lazing around my house and watching reruns of some of my favourite shows. Food gives me joy and I absolutely love cooking hearty, comfort food.
  • What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?
    I primarily work with individuals between the ages of 11 years to 60 years. I work with people experiencing anxiety, body image, trauma, grief, stress, or issues around their career, health and relationships.
  • What is the therapeutic approach you use? How would you describe it to someone who wants to consult you for therapy?
    I am an advocate for sensitivity, compassion, acceptance, and vulnerability. In my sessions, I use reflective questions to help people arrive at or make meaning of their experiences. My therapeutic approach is solution-focused, while helping clients process their unresolved emotions, reframe negative thoughts, and heal from their unpleasant past experiences. I use transactional analysis and a trauma-focused lens as well, which means I recognize how each one of us is a collection of multiple pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, and the interaction between these pieces shapes who we become as a complete unit. In therapy, we build the picture together, discovering new pieces along the way, realizing which pieces of the puzzle belong elsewhere, and explore the events in our life that made us believe at one point of time why we believed this piece of puzzle at that time felt like the perfect spot!
  • How do you make your therapeutic practice a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx?
    My therapeutic practice is confidential. I always ask my clients to let me know their preferred pronouns, and I use gender-inclusive language. I also let my clients know that if at any point they feel that biases and judgments are coming in the way of the counselling-process, they can let me know when that happens.
  • The Quote Divya Srivastava Resonates With

    How does one become a butterfly? They have to want to learn to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar

    Trina Paulus, Hope for the Flowers

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