Type: Therapist, Therapy, Psychologist :

Puja Dedhia (She/Her)

Puja (She/Her) is a mental health therapist from Mumbai who practices online and offline. They’re based out of Grant Road.

Puja is 28 years old, with at least 1 year of experience.

Therapy Services:   Individual Therapy (For Everyone) Also Works With Queer Folks 🏳️‍🌈

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  • Practicing Since: 1 year
  • Appointments Via: Email, Whatsapp
  • Medium:
    • 🌐 Online
    • 📌 Offline
  • City: Mumbai
  • Area: Grant Road
  • Qualifications:
    • MA (with specialization in Clinical Psychology)
  • Additional Qualifications:
    • Queer Affirmative Counselling Practices Course, MHI
    • 30 Hours Experiential Course on Gestalt Therapy, PsychPhoenix
  • Languages Known: English, Gujarati, and Hindi (English might be their primary language for therapy)
  • Hourly Fee (₹): 1,000 - 1,300
  • Payments Via: Bank Transfer, UPI/Google Pay
  • Available On: Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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  • Why did you choose to become a counsellor?
    Pursuing a career in psychology was suggested to me early on in my career journey, and I simply followed suit. But, after going through therapy for my own mental health issues and experiencing the life-changing impact it had on my life, I decided that I would truly like to provide mental health support to others and make a meaningful difference in someone’s life. As a result, I am now a mental health professional.
  • What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
    The ability to bring about change, igniting hope, new perspectives, the feeling of safety, and acceptance of one’s true self excites me in my work as a counsellor.
  • What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
    In the initial session, I want my clients to feel heard and comfortable. They can anticipate a safe environment for them to bring up anything that feels right at that moment. All their thoughts, feelings, and emotions are welcome.
  • What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?
    The counselling process is a slow-paced yet goal-oriented journey. I would aim for a day when my clients would be ready to take on their journey independently and reflect on the resources, insights, and learnings that counselling experience has helped them gain. Nevertheless, a client is more than welcome to get in touch again if they feel the need to.
  • Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.
    I like to build a relationship based on trust and transparency, where the clients don’t feel that they need to hold back. A place where they feel like being their true selves without any fear or judgment. I build such a relationship by mirroring the values of being non-judgmental and displaying empathy. As I view the counselling journey as the one where the client reaches where they aim to, I set up shared goals for us to work on during this journey.
  • In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
    I feel inspired by the tremendous courage clients display by just coming to the session and talking about their vulnerabilities. All of them have unique and innate strengths that they beautifully utilise to navigate challenging situations in life. Their playful selves encourage me to explore different types of play that I would like to attempt or return to, and this adds to my toolkit for self-care.
  • What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
    I look at my sensitivity, humbleness, and curiosity as some of my strengths that inform the counselling journey. I truly appreciate my ethical values of striving to provide my best for my clients and engaging in reflective practice post-sessions to look back at what emerged and how it can be better facilitated during the therapy session.
  • What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
    I enjoy taking a walk on my terrace and breathing in the fresh air while I listen to some music or reconnect with my loved ones over a phone call. At times, you can find me doodling. The creative patterns that emerge allow me to express myself in the present moment.
  • What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?
    I work with clients experiencing various concerns, like challenges in interpersonal relationships (family, friends, or intimate), anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, and behavioural concerns, to name a few. I have experience working with clients ranging in age from seven years old to fifty years old.
  • What is the therapeutic approach you use? How would you describe it to someone who wants to consult you for therapy?
    My therapeutic approach is humanistic in nature, with an emphasis on personal growth. I help my client notice their existing patterns and open up opportunities for us to bring about shifts in these ways of being that may not be serving them anymore. I incorporate detailed exploration and meaning-making to identify these unhelpful narratives. Elements from various therapeutic modalities that I engage in are person-centered therapy, gestalt therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and narrative therapy.
  • How do you make your therapeutic practice a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx?
    My values of a non-discriminatory therapy space, irrespective of one’s gender or sexual identity, inform my practice. The Course on Queer Affirmative Practices by MHI has helped me gain an understanding of how a therapist can make their practice affirming. Conversations and interactions with individuals belonging to different gender and sexual identities outside of therapy space help me build and sharpen my perspective and worldview.
  • The Quote Puja Resonates With

    I know a girl from an island, she stands apart from the crowd. She loves the sea and her people, she makes her whole family proud. Sometimes the world seems against you. The journey may leave a scar. But scars can heal and reveal just where you are. The people you love will change you. The things you have learned will guide you. And nothing on Earth can silence, the quiet voice inside you.

    I am Moana (Song of the Ancestors) by Rachel House

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