Type: Therapist, Therapy, Psychologist :

Richa Khanna (She/Her)

Richa (She/Her) is a mental health therapist from Mumbai who practices online.

Richa is 37 years old, with at least 5 years of experience.

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

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  • Practicing Since: 5 years
  • Appointments Via: Email, WhatsApp
  • Medium:
    • 🌐 Online
  • City: Mumbai
  • Qualifications:
    • PhD Counseling Psychology (University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA)
    • M.A. Industrial Psychology (SNDT University, Mumbai)
  • Additional Qualifications:
    • Certificate in Psychological First Aid (By the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, USA)
    • Social Justice Post-Doctoral Fellowship (University of Delaware, USA)
  • Languages Known: English
  • Hourly Fee (₹): 2,500
  • Payments Via: Bank Transfer, UPI/Google Pay
  • Available On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Notes: Fee for NRIs: Rs. 4000/-
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  • Why did you choose to become a counsellor?
    I’ve always been driven to look inward, and I recognized this trait quite early in life. It’s been a journey, with ongoing reflections, insights, and opportunities for growth. An important area of insight was understanding the mutual influence and transformation that could happen within me and others when I give and receive in a close relationship. I found deep meaning in my connections, and then all it took was a major decision point in my life when I stood my ground and chose psychology as a lifelong career to help others heal and transform. There’s been no looking back since then. 😊
  • What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
    I get to be a part of people’s lives, their deeply personal journeys, and I get to learn about them and myself in the process - my work allows for continuous learning and growth on both ends!
  • What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
    My hope is for clients to feel respected, heard and understood. My relationship with a client is central to the work I do, and I try my best to ensure that a strong relational foundation is set so clients feel safe enough to be vulnerable with me in our therapy relationship.
  • What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?

    We all could use some help processing our emotions and evaluating our lives to ensure we’re manifesting our most important values. This is irrespective of our age, phase of life, location, cultural background or any other factor. We’re all on some form of self-discovery and meaning making journey. Whatever makes us seek therapy is a very natural part of being human. There is strength in vulnerability and in allowing another person to be a part of your journey and I appreciate you taking the first step even reading about this.

    If you would like to know more about working with me, I’d be happy to schedule an introductory call so we can learn about each other, and you can make an informed decision about whether I’d be a “good fit” for your needs.

  • Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.

    It’s very important for me to build a strong relationship with every client who chooses to work with me. If a potential client is interested in working with me, I first offer to schedule a 30-min introductory video call at no charge, where we can assess whether I would be a good fit for your therapy needs and goals. I hope for this to set the foundation of a trusting and transparent relationship, and through which you can make an informed decision.

    If you choose to work with me, I will request you to complete an informed consent form (essentially a contract for therapy, detailing the therapy process, your rights, and my policies and procedures) and some additional paperwork where I can learn more about you and what you’re hoping to get out of therapy. The first session will be an intake assessment. We will then work collaboratively to gradually identify your concrete goals for therapy. I will ensure to review our progress every 4 sessions and make revisions as necessary to our intervention plan. I will also check in with you post every session to review how it was for you, and if you have any specific feedback for me. I hope to make modifications as is feasible to my approach, hoping for the best outcome and aiming for the most meaningful experience for you.

  • In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
    I have come to learn how each client has within them a hidden power to transform, one that they aren’t quite actively aware of. I have noticed this in each and every person I have worked with across cultures, locations and settings. I have also recognized the ever-increasing joy I feel in working with people, and the humility in being able to be a small part of people’s life narratives.
  • What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
    I enjoy connecting and engaging with people, in a thoughtful manner and this is one of my core strengths: to be able to form and maintain strong relationships. I’m also innately self-reflective, introspective and open to learning about myself due to which I naturally gravitate towards feedback and seeking ways to improve myself both professionally and personally.
  • What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
    I really enjoy the process of “going within” through meditation, it’s a great way for me to rejuvenate my mind and body. Besides this, I enjoy hobby acting and theatre, improv comedy, non-fiction reading, trekking and playing racquetball.
  • What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?
    As an experienced international practitioner, I especially value the richness of individual’s and communities’ perceptions of mental health and wellbeing. I am particularly passionate about addressing the needs of young-middle aged adults, women and individuals holding marginalized identities, international populations and bi-cultural individuals. My areas of work include: relationship concerns, life transitions, grief, burnout, minority stress, anxiety, depression, gender-based concerns, student issues and workplace mental health, among others. You are welcome to view this link for more information: https://richakhannaphd.com/therapy/
  • What is the therapeutic approach you use? How would you describe it to someone who wants to consult you for therapy?
    I believe that my relationship with another individual is central and fundamental to my capacity to influence meaningful change within them. There is no “one size fits all” therapeutic approach. Each individual’s process of healing and transformation can look and feel different. Wherever you are in your journey, I am here to support that process which can sometimes feel uncomfortable and even painful. My goal is to collaborate with you as you gradually evaluate and re-evaluate your life, clarify your life choices and goals and be able to use your voice for your self-enhancement. We will work together to understand what approach works best for you. This could involve helping you identify the link between your past or recent experiences, including role of family relationships, identity factors, your emotions, thought processes, and relational patterns. With greater awareness, and your consent, we can explore specific interventions such as mindfulness of thoughts/feelings, identifying your value system or examining thoughts that are taking you away from manifesting the values most important to you, and making gradual changes in your life at whatever pace feels most comfortable.
  • How do you make your therapeutic practice a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx?
    I am committed to providing LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy. As a heterosexual cis-gender woman, I have participated in allyship and sensitivity training, as a part of my doctoral education. I recognize the privileges I hold belonging to the majority community, and convey my stance by using language that is sensitive to individuals holding diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. I ensure to explore and understand individual experiences, refraining from making assumptions; and seeking knowledge through readings, peer supervision and continuing education to sensitize myself about the dynamic needs of the community and actively correct any potential areas of bias within myself.
  • The Quote Richa Resonates With

    Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

    Hebrews 11:1

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