Type: Therapist, Therapy, Psychologist :
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Shobhika (She/Her) is a mental health therapist from Goa who practices online and offline. They’re based out of Margao.

Shobhika is 35 years old, with at least 12 years of experience.

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  • Practicing Since: 12 years
  • Appointments Via: Phone Call, Email, WhatsApp, Practo
  • City: Goa
  • Area: Margao
  • Medium:
    • 🌐 Online
    • 📌 Offline
  • Qualifications:
    • MA Applied Psychology (Spl. Clinical)
  • Additional Qualifications:
    • Advanced Level REBT From AEI, New York
    • QACP
    • Certified Career Counsellor
    • Certified Career Analyst by Edumilestones
    • Psychological First Aid (Therapy in the Times of Crisis) by John Hopkins University (Via Coursera)
  • Languages Known: English, and Hindi (English might be their primary language for therapy)
  • Hourly Fee (₹): 1,400 - 2,500
  • Payments Via: Bank Transfer, Cash, PayPal & UPI
  • Available On: Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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  • Why did you choose to become a counsellor?
    I have been wanting to become a psychologist since 11th grade. You can say, it was my first love and practically the only thing, I felt I was good at. There was something about those classes in 11th grade, which made me fall in love with the subject.
  • What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
    The ability to connect with people across diaspora, continents and be able to assist them in their mental health journey is very rewarding. To be able to hear their stories, learn from them, give a little, and just be that listening ear for someone, can be therapeutic in itself.
  • What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
    I want my clients to go back feeling validated and affirmed. It’s important that we all acknowledge that our lived realities are ours, and therefore, completely valid. And no one should make us feel otherwise.
  • What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?
    Think of counselling as that safe space where you can be who you are, share your innermost thoughts and get the validation that you have been seeking. Your therapy sessions are and will always be about you. Therapy is not for forever, and every client has different yet completely valid needs. So, give therapy a chance.
  • Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.
    I wish to let my clients know that they have my uninterrupted attention for those 50 minutes. If my clients want to work on their issues using a cognitive approach, so we do that. But if my clients want me to just be present and provide that space, where I need to be the sponge for their trauma, I will do that too. Therapy is all about you.
  • In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
    I have come across people and lived realities which affirm the power of human resilience, which can take a backseat at times but always finds a way to bounce back.
  • What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
    I can listen without interrupting. I am able to subtly guide my clients towards the rational beliefs and help them acknowledge the unhealthy attitudes which they may be holding onto, while at the same time ensuring that they don’t feel invalidated.
  • What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
    I read (being an omnivorous reader, I can pick and read any genre, as long as it is able to capture my attention with it’s cover & title but I am biased toward my favourite authors and make it a point to read everything by them), love to watch web series & other media on different OTT platforms, play with my child (my biggest bundle of oxytocin), & in better times, hang out with my friends.
  • What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?

    I largely work with individuals in the age group of 20 to 45. However, my key focus areas are-

    • Anxiety
    • Stress
    • Relationship issues
    • Marital difficulties
    • Post partum mental health
    • Life transitions and adjustment issues
  • What is the therapeutic approach you use? How would you describe it to someone who wants to consult you for therapy?

    My primary approach is Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, which is a kind of Cognitive therapy. The main therapy work involves understanding the belief system behind your thoughts, emotions and behaviour, understanding it’s impact and working towards healthier rational attitudes, in the quest to change the way we feel & behave. The whole approach is about distinguishing the unhealthy from healthy, all the time acknowledging the validity of one’s thoughts, emotions and behaviours.

    I also follow an eclectic approach with clients, meaning I draw from the different schools of psychotherapy to pick and choose what works best for my client.

  • How do you make your therapeutic practice a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx?
    I have been trained in the queer affirmative practices. One of the things done for online sessions, is that in the intake form we have kept the gender option as open & not given the binary categories of male or female. At the physical space, we have displayed my training certificate in this domain, displayed books & other reading materials for clients to access.
  • The Quote Shobhika Resonates With

    Imperfection inspires invention, imagination, creativity. It stimulates.

    Jhumpa Lahiri (In other words)

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