Niharica is a psychotherapist with a background in Clinical Psychology. Her urge to explore the relationship between mind, body and spirit has guided her own journey into psychology and psychotherapy. Her therapeutic work is inspired by her desire to bring more compassion and love into the world, by acknowledging and embracing all parts of one’s self. She firmly believes that joy, and feeling worthy are our birth rights, and strives to help people recognise beliefs that block them from experiencing this.
Her approach is Client-Centred and focussed on helping clients become more self-aware, build insights, and be empowered to deal with life in healthy ways. She emphasises the need to create a safe therapeutic environment in which the client feels comfortable exploring themselves. She works on addressing cognitive, emotional, behavioural and social concerns of clients by customising her therapeutic approach to cater to their needs. The therapies she commonly uses include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Visual Arts Therapy and Creative Movement Therapy. She facilitates therapy for individuals and groups, and has experience with family/couples counselling. She works mainly with clients struggling with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.
Nilima is a trained counselling psychologist with MA from SNDT University- Pune and Post Grad.Dip from Edith Cowan University-Australia. She started her career with specialization in designing and providing EAP services to the corporate world. She has over 7 years of counselling experience within corporate setup apart from her work as an individual practitioner.
Throughout her career, Nilima has harboured and nurtured a passion to work with children. She fulfilled this in various capacities from training in life skills, to designing complete mental health programs for children in foster care to developing the national adolescent education tool kit and more.
With the advent of motherhood, Nilima’s professional and personal journey, took a significant detour. A short course in ‘Indian Psychology’ from IPI-Puducherry brought a new perspective in her understanding of human life and human behaviour. From 2011 – 2015 she immersed herself in the study of Indian Psychology, broadly based on the works of Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother.
Today Nilima practices psychotherapy with a deep rooted connect in spirituality. Her professional endeavours can be divided into three streams of work.
First, the project most close to her heart, MatRi-Space. In 2015 she founded MatRi-Space, an evolving community learning center with an aspiration to “Supporting Motherhood and Celebrating Childhood”.
Second, she is dedicated to developing and redefining pedagogies in early childhood education with an emphasis and integration of Indian traditions, culture and ethos.
And thirdly in her role as psychotherapist she embraces an eclectic approach with emphasis on theories from Indian Psychology, REBT and Person Centered Therapy. Her strength lies in working with her clients life challenges while developing ‘self-awareness and embarking on the journey of “self-transformation’.
Avanti Malhotra is a mental health counselor with a Masters in Applied Psychology, Mental Health Counseling from NYU. She believes authenticity, consistency, and creating a safe holding space effectively bring out an individual’s capacity to confront and heal themselves. By working through childhood patterns in this safe therapeutic relationship, the process of change can begin.
Avanti has worked across a breadth of topics, such as relationship conflicts, grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, suicide attempts, addiction, and LGBTQAI issues. She was also part of the team that created Teen Talk India, a mental health resource for teenagers. She has conducted several mental health awareness seminars and stress management sessions with corporates and professionals. One of her passion projects is being part of a team that is working on building a podcast on mental health – which she is very excited about! When Avanti isn’t consumed with mental health, she spends her time with a good book, or doing yoga, and is almost always thinking about avocados.
Prathiksha Vaidhyanathan is a RCI registered speech language pathologist and audiologist with a masters degree -MASLP from Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune and a bachelor degree BASLP from Dr.Chandrashekar Institute of Speech and Hearing, Bangalore.
Her speciality is in the following areas:
- Assessing and identifying the cause of communication difficulty in children,adolescents and adults.
- Devise and deliver a tailor made therapy plan, working on a one-to-one basis and a group setting thereby to enable each of the clients to improve as much as possible.
- Monitor and evaluate clients’ progress and make appropriate referrals when necessary.
- Counseling parents, care takers, guardians, teachers, etc.
- Worked extensively with chlidren and adults who present with communication and swallowing difficulties post a neurological trauma.
- Have done extensive research work on adult with dysarthria and swallowing difficulties.
Roma Fernandes has a Masters in Clinical Psychology with 7 years of experience. After working in Oman she is now practicing in India with the hopes to continue learning and to provide the best Mental Health services with the aim of not all counselling her clients to be the best they can be but also to educate people about Psychology and to remove the stigma attached with it. She is also trained in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Life coaching and hopes that her clients receive an holistic approach with their treatment. Being a Corporate Trainer she also conducts workshops and training programs. The clients that she sees varies from Individual counselling for Stress, Anxiety, Depression as well as Couples and Family Counselling.
Tanya has a Masters’ degree in Counselling for Mental Health and Wellness (Applied Psychology) from New York University. She has experience providing individual, family and group counselling to children, adolescents and young adults dealing with a wide range of mental health issues such as trauma, anxiety, stress, depression, self-harm, interpersonal difficulties, body image issues and bullying. She has also worked as a counsellor in a school setting providing support to children and adolescents with special needs as well as academic, social and emotional difficulties.
Tanya takes a strengths-based and client-centered approach to therapy and creates a safe space for her clients to open up in session. She believes that building a strong client-therapist relationship is important in order for therapy to be successful. She uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions along with visual art, drama and play therapy techniques to help clients reach their goals. Tanya is also pursuing a graduate diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy from Women’s Christian College in Chennai.
Wendy Burby holds a Masters in Transcultural Counselling from the University of Malta. She has worked with clients across age groups conducting both individual as well as group sessions. She has specific training in understanding and dealing with diversity within the therapeutic relationship. She has experience working within Schools. Employee Support Teams, Eating Disorders Clinics as well as standard counselling spaces.