Type: Therapist, Therapy, Psychologist (Currently on leave):

Shipra Parswani (She/Her)

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

Shipra is 24 years old, with at least 2 years of experience.

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

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  • Practicing Since: 2 years
  • Appointments Via: Phone Call, Email, WhatsApp
  • Medium:
    • 🌐 Online
    • 📌 Offline
  • City: Mumbai
  • Area: Andheri West
  • Qualifications:
    • MA Counselling Psychology, SNDT, Mumbai
  • Languages Known: English, and Hindi (English might be their primary language for therapy)
  • Hourly Fee (₹): 750 - 1,200
  • Payments Via: Bank Transfer, UPI/Google Pay, Cash
  • Available On: Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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  • Why did you choose to become a counsellor?

    Being a counselor came very organically to me. My journey in the mental health field began when I started volunteering for an organization that worked on raising awareness for abuse. Working and interacting with survivors and spreading awareness felt like home to me.

    The interactions and narratives I came across helped me understand mental health more in depth. I dove into understanding trauma, its impact and how I could provide assistance to anyone who may have faced challenges.

  • What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
    The different topics of conversation and insights you learn in every session. It’s amazing to see how take-aways from a session can be so different; sometimes it’s the little things that are said in passing that hold the biggest value.
  • What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
    First sessions can cause a lot of anxiety! I just hope for my clients to go back with a sense of calmness and safety. A feeling of ’that wasn’t scary at all’ and that it feels like its just another conversation! I feel like having a catch up or ranting about the most random facts helps so much in first sessions because it warms you up so much to the process and makes it easier to open more parts of you that you’re ready to explore!
  • What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?
    Therapy can be fun. It need not be only about the presenting problem but can be about the most random fact that you have learnt, a rant session about something that irritated you, or even about just bettering yourself. You don’t need to find big events in your life to feel like it is valid to approach a therapist. People always question themselves, whether they are over thinking and minimize the problems. But as long as there is something that is bothering you, it is worthy of being addressed.
  • Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.
    I like working with the client to understand their need at the moment and take every session as per their requirement. I strongly believe that the client should hold most of the control and power when they come to therapeutic space. I feel like we both are co-travelers in the therapeutic process and their opinion holds far more value. I like to base my approach on feedback to understand the comfort of the client and alter the session as per their needs.
  • In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
    My greatest learning has been how fun therapy can be. We often make it sound quite intimidating, scary and a tough space to be in. But what I bring to my sessions is holding space for multiple feelings which could be moving from an important conversation to laughing about something making it light.
  • What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
    I love how I can bring myself into the therapy session. I bring my funny, quirky and goofy self in, where I dont have to feel the need to have a ‘formal’ conversation detached from how i would present myself. I love how differently I can articulate myself depending on how they’re best able to build that connection with me. I like to bring in culture and my desi-ness into therapy because I think that plays a huge role in making therapy feel less scary and more human!
  • What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
    Making my special kadak chai, baking or going for a walk!
  • What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?
    I primarily work with trauma and abuse. However, in my work I have worked with individuals going through anxiety, depression, gender dysphoria, understanding sexuality, work stress, relationship issues, family, ADHD, autism, suicide, and self-harm.
  • What is the therapeutic approach you use? How would you describe it to someone who wants to consult you for therapy?

    My approach is very eclectic in nature. This means I like to incorporate different techniques from different schools of thought depending on whats the comfortable process for you! I have a person centered and unstructured approach which basically means that my session planning is based on your needs and you’re the one in the drivers seat in our sessions. I follow a collaborative approach which means I work alongside the client to prioritize their comfort.

    I also like to use a trauma informed approach which means i like to understand how our body plays a role with our emotions. Sometimes, when our mind can’t take too much and we prefer to push things down the deep end, our body does the remembering for us. I like to help you discover how our body holds a lot of feelings. I like to work with the body and the mind as a whole where we can understand and connect with our bodies in a whole manner.

  • How do you make your therapeutic practice a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx?

    I always introduce myself with my pronouns, and always ask my client to share theirs if they’re comfortable. In my approach, the one thing I’m always mindful of is my language. Words hold lot of power when addressing/understanding someone’s gender identity and sexuality. Holding a space for them where they can safely explore their identity, whether it is to define it or just understand it for themselves is something that holds a lot of importance in my practice.

    I always ask my clients for the name that they would like to be addressed as and also encourage them to dress or keep some small trinket with them which makes them feel more like themselves in this space.

  • The Quote Shipra Resonates With

    In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.

    Mary Poppins

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