Vidya

Senior Counselling Psychologist

Hello, I am Vidya, and I am a trauma-informed and queer affirmative counseling psychologist. I have completed my M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore.

As an individual, I continuously endeavor to contribute towards social change through mental health accessibility, advocacy, and action.

In my spare time, I like to update myself on the latest readings in my field, travel, bake and spend time with my cockatiel (who is super cute). I love working with people from different walks of life. I use empathy, genuineness and acceptance as the pillars of my sessions. I believe in empowering my clients in the process of therapy and giving them back control of their lives.

The therapeutic relationship with my clients is one of the most important aspects of my sessions and I endeavour to make it a safe and comfortable space for everyone. I like to use humor in my therapy to make it a more relatable and easier experience for clients.

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Aastha

Senior Counselling Psychologist

Hello! I am Aastha, and I am a trauma informed and queer affirmative counselling psychologist. I have completed my M.A. in Applied Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

A big believer in the power of a safe space, I aim to provide individuals a space in sessions to feel and think without fear and judgement and truly process all their emotions. I believe insight to be extremely powerful, and am aimed at nurturing an environment that allows for this insight to grow.

In addition to mental well being, I am extremely passionate about books, grandma sweaters, and chai!

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Utkarsha

Senior Counselling Psychologist

Hi, I am Utkarsha, and I am a queer affirmative, and trauma-informed counselling psychologist. I have completed my MA in Applied Psychology, from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

I am passionate about social justice, and mental health advocacy; therefore, my work is guided by values of compassion and regard.

In addition to that, I am equally passionate about cats, who continuously teach me to be fiercely kind, and expressive in my own way. I will constantly aim to create spaces which are safe, inclusive, and accepting for all, where we can learn about the beauty and complexity of our experiences and emotions.

I know that first step towards therapy can be hard, but with a warm smile, a little pop-culture, and lots of empathy, we will try to make it easier, together!

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Malavika

Senior Counselling Psychologist

I’m Malavika, and I’m a queer-affirmative and trauma-informed psychotherapist. I have completed my Masters in Counselling Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore, and a PG Diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy from TISS, Mumbai.

I believe that informed choice and equality are agents of empowerment, so I bring them with me into a therapy room too. Art, music, outdoor sports, and dogs brighten up my days.

I attempt to use quirky, creative, and humorous interventions to make the process of discovering sometimes intense and uncomfortable emotions an easier one. Therapy is a journey, and I am honored to navigate through this journey together and make it memorable and fruitful.

Just like we feel afraid to ride a cycle without the comfort of training wheels, it's perfectly normal for us to feel uncomfortable and vulnerable when we step out of our comfort zones and open up to a therapist. Much like the cycle (minus training wheels), though, therapy brings freedom and autonomy in its wake once we become comfortable with being uncomfortable.

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Atheena

Counselling Psychologist

Hey! I am Atheena and I am a Queer Affirmative and Trauma Informed Counselling Psychologist. I have completed my Masters in Applied Psychology with a Specialization in Clinical Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences-The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, Chennai.

My happy place is a beach house where I am reading, eating good food and listening to Arctic Monkeys. I believe media is a powerful channel for self-reflection and can help one realize they aren’t alone.

I believe that self-compassion can make big changes that can help people accept themselves with their flaws. My goal is to make people feel comfortable in their own skin and see themselves as the multifaceted people they are. The beauty of therapy is that even if one person benefits from it, it creates a ripple which would touch many other lives.

The safety and comfort of my clients is something I prioritize in my sessions.  I want to be the facilitator who helps my clients understand themselves and find their agency.

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Anagha

Counselling Psychologist

Hi, I'm Anagha. I'm a Queer Affirmative and Trauma-Informed Counselling Psychologist. I have completed my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Christ University, Delhi-NCR.

I have always believed in the power of acceptance and a judgement-free space in therapy and it is something that I strive to create in all of my sessions. One of my favorite aspects of therapy is the authenticity it brings.

I believe in helping my clients feel peaceful, whole, and safe within themselves. In a world of extremes I use therapy to try and explore the middles and greys of life.

Apart from these, books, music, history and culture are few things that spice up my life.

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Ritika

Head of Administration and Communications

Hello! I am Ritika Jain and I’m working for Another Light Counselling!

I’m a certified primary respondent for child abuse and am currently pursuing a certification in counselling psychology at Sampurna Montfort College and wish to pursue a MSc in clinical psychology thereafter. I have always been passionate about psychology and think it’s important to be informed about mental health.

I’ve never believed in the conventional methods of psychology and therefore wish to inculcate my passion for art and design into therapy and put forth creative ways of expression and therapy. India has a long way to go with regards to mental health and I hope to be a facilitator of this change and bring about awareness, especially from a queer  and trauma informed perspective.

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Ruchi

Administrative coordinator

Hi! I am Ruchi and my pronouns are she/her. I am an intern at Another Light Counselling. I have completed my Bachelor's and Post-graduate diploma from FLAME University, Pune.

I believe that with kindness and compassion we can go a long way in our mental health journey. I am very passionate about the work that I do as it gives me the opportunity to help people in times of uncertainty and create awareness in the community.

I am always eager to learn and equally eager to pet dogs. Dogs are the biggest example of how love, loyalty, and uninterrupted listening are the best form of support, and I aim to emulate that.

 

 

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Bavadharini

Intern

Hi! I am Bavadharini. I am an intern at Another Light Counselling.

I have completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from FLAME University Pune. I have always been interested in behavioural analysis and human resilience. I have always been amazed by the human tendency to cope and survive trauma and I believe I can contribute to that effort through my work here.

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Shweta

Intern

Hi, I'm Shweta and my pronouns are she/her. I have completed my graduation from Jai Hind College and I'm a certified primary child abuse respondent. I am pursuing my MA in clinical psychology.

I am a staunch advocate for Mental Health. I believe that the more we understand ourselves, the better we can relate to how and why we behave in a certain way. I am very passionate about the work I do as it gives me an opportunity to create a safe space for an individual. I believe I can contribute in this field through this platform.

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Liz

Intern

Hi, I'm Liz. I am a Psychology Bachelors' student with a prior short course certification in Counselling Psychology and Social Care.

I am a certified NTTC teacher and a writer. Currently, I volunteer at The Story Project and work as an intern at ALC.

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Akash

Intern

Hello! I am Akash. I have completed my Bachelor's from Ashoka University and am now working as an intern at Another Light Counseling.

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Saanya

Intern

Hi, I am Saanya. I am an intern at Another Light Counselling. I have completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from FLAME University.

 

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Amit

Intern

Hi, I am Amit. My pronouns are he/him and I am an intern at Another Light Councelling. I have a Bachelors degree in Commerce from Pune university and am currently pursuing my Masters degree in Psychology from Indira Gandhi open university.

I have completed a certificate course in councelling from Heart to Heart Institute of Councelling, Mumbai; and also a certificate course in Creative Writing from Xavier’s Institute of Communications, Mumbai. 

The human mind and behaviour have always fascinated me. Having spent many colorful years in the fashion, grooming and entertainment industry, I feel like now my passion is to dress people up from the inside out. 

All of us need a listening ear, a safe space, need to heal and deserve happiness.
Through councelling I want to help create an inclusive, non-judgmental environment where people can express themselves freely and evolve.  

Chocolate, coffee, movies and music for life support!

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