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Nikita / Zeb (She/They)

Nikita (She/They) is a mental health therapist from Mumbai who practices online.

Nikita is 26 years old, with at least 3 years of experience.

Therapy Services:   Individual Therapy (For Everyone) Also Works With Neurodivergent Folks Also Works With Queer Folks πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

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  • Practicing Since: 3 years
  • Appointments Via: Email, WhatsApp
  • Medium:
    β€’ 🌐 Online
  • City: Mumbai
  • Qualifications:
    β€’ Masters in Clinical psychology
  • Additional Qualifications:
    β€’ Queer Affirmative Counselling Practices by MHI
  • Languages Known: English, Hindi, and Marathi (English might be their primary language for therapy)
  • Hourly Fee (β‚Ή): 900 - 1,200
  • Payments Via: Bank Transfer, UPI/Google Pay
  • Available On: Saturday, Sunday, this may change from April/May 2024. shall keep you updated.
  • Notes: I can understand and speak French and Urdu. INR 900-1200/-for working professionals and 600-900/- for students
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  • Why did you choose to become a counsellor?
    We have all heard our teachers say that they have been students once; the same applies to me here. There was a time when I needed mental health support, but I could not find it. This motivated to delve deeper into the field. I found that there are so many others like me who have lacked the support. This motivated me to get trained in the field of psychology. Learning more about psychology changed my understanding and perspective for good. This process also paved way for me to change my perspectives according to the needs of the client. I firmly believe in modifying the lens so as to empathise deeply with the client and understand the worldview of the client. This helps me make sense of the dynamics they share with their environment. It can lead to various groundbreaking epiphanies. Thus, more than anything else, becoming a therapist was essentially for widening my vision first and foremost. And for the curiosity and fascination of human behaviour and mind.
  • What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
    The constant learning (and unlearning) that takes place in sessions. You can have all the experience in the world but you never know what new stuff the client may talk about which you have never heard about before.
  • What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
    After their first session, one thing I would like my client to take back is the feeling of emotional safety; finding a place where they can speak their mind without thinking twice.
  • What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?
    First of all, I would like to appreciate the client for reaching out. It is tough to take the initial step of booking a session especially when seeking mental health is still a stigma in our society. I would also like to reassure them that they are in a non-judgemental and safe space. Most importantly I would like to reiterate the autonomy they have in this setting and how this a collaborative work.
  • Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.
    To make this process collaborative, I make it a point to ask clients if they are working towards any specific goals. The rapport between me and the client is of utmost importance to me as that gives the client a foundation on which they can freely express their thoughts and concerns with me. The autonomy of this process lies with client and I reinstate my position as a facilitator or catalyst in this process.
  • In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
    The most important learning for me as a therapist is that people are innately different from each other and that acknowledging differences makes therapy more effective. This also means not assuming - not assuming your client’s thoughts, background, feelings (and definitely not gender).
  • What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
    The strengths that I value in myself here is my ability to listen, communicate and be flexible in my therapy approach.
  • What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
    In my free time I enjoy playing with my cats, caring for stray animals and watching regional movies. I am passionate about travel photography and art (all forms - poetry, art history, singing etc)
  • What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?
    I work with adults, queer and trans, neurodivergent population. The areas of concern are gender and sexuality, relationship and family issues, body image issues, academic and work stress. Mental health concerns include depression, anxiety, grief, self-harm and other significant life changes
  • What is the therapeutic approach you use? How would you describe it to someone who wants to consult you for therapy?
    In my practice, I tend to draw from multiple approaches depending on issues that the client reports and what works best for them. I rely on person centred approach where the therapy process is non directive. I use a sociopolitical justice and feminist lens. My practice is queer affirmative, trauma informed and neurodivergent affirmative.
  • How do you make your therapeutic practice a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx?
    To make my practice affirmative and safe, I share my pronouns and chosen name. The intake form includes space where client can share their pronouns and chosen name. As a queer person myself, my lived experience and my deep work with my community is the source that I draw information from.
  • The Quote Nikita Resonates With

    It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

    Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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