Ayesha Sharma is a trauma-informed, queer-affirmative psychotherapist who has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults in groups over the past 5 years through the use of expressive arts and talk therapy. She also has been in group therapy for many years. Ayesha has a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health from University College London (UCL) and is a group- analyst in-training.
Notes: The above information may change from time to time, and is shared with you to understand the background of where the support group comes from.
The group’s founding story is to bridge the gap between need for therapy and affordability of individual therapy, as well as the lack of group therapy spaces in India to better understand oneself and one’s emotional distress in the context of their relationships with others.
This group is for people looking for a therapy group, and not a typical support group. It is designed for anyone looking to work through their emotional distress interpersonally. With other people. It is not narrow in its focus. Therefore it is not catering to one section of people, rather it is open to anyone looking to better understand themselves and their concerns through their relationships with other people in the group setting in a moderated way with the presence of a group therapist.
This space endeavours to help understand your experiences better by bringing your difficulties to the group, finding connection with others with similar or different experiences and making meaning collectively in a safe space.
The group is a therapy group rooted in group analytic principles, it is agendal-ess and hopes to meet people where they are. The only ask is to bring oneself to the group space as honestly as possible, and it is through one’s own sharings and others’ sharings that hopefully people can know themselves more, find belonging and also be supportively challenged in their perspectives so one can be best supported.
Just as with individual therapy, there is no format to this group therapy space. It is not regimented, but rather a space where you bring yourselves and it is through relating to the members of the group that something rich emerges that is helpful.
Just like with individual therapy, group therapy cannot have quantifiable or definite takeaways after each session. It is a process which requires engagement over time. The hope is that it lends support, a feeling of belonging and allowing oneself to be challenged when thinking about emotional difficulties!
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GROUP THERAPY: Safe space for individuals wanting to understand themselves better in the context of their relationships to other people.
This is a Group Therapy group, not a typical support group. They have a detailed intake process with multiple rounds to determine if they can add value to you. Even after reaching out to them, you might not be allowed to join the group. If you're comfortable with this approach, you can reach out to them.