Utkarsha

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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Vidya

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 Univeristy, 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 endevour 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

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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Malavika

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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Bhavika

Counselling Psychologist

Hi, I am Bhavika, and I am a Trauma Informed and Queer Affirmative Counseling Psychologist. I have completed my Masters in Applied Psychology with Specialization in Counseling Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences – The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (TISS-BALM), Chennai.

BALM has taught me the importance of looking at mental health from an intersectional lens and I constantly aim to inculcate that in my practice. 

I love to collect cute knick-knacks and am a self-described maximalist. My happiness stems from exploring the unknown of the city that I live in, spending time on the beach, and petting every dog I meet. I perceive therapy as a two-way learning street where both my client and I learn something new about ourselves and each other as we embark on this journey together. I believe that therapy doesn’t have to be limited to one-on-one sessions that I have with my clients. Any space, the client holds for themselves, where they are kind towards themselves and their experiences, and feel safe has the potential to be therapeutic.

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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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Ritika

Boss Baby aka. the one who makes us all get our work done

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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Esha

Intern

Hello! I am Esha and I'm an intern at Another Light Counselling. I have completed my Bachelor's and Postgraduate Diploma from FLAME University, Pune. 

I am a strong believer in the power of human connection and the fact that active listening acts as the first step to resolving any kind of mental health issue. I am very passionate about the field of Psychology and I aim to explore as many therapeutic approaches as possible in order to effectively empower individuals around me.

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Ruchi

Intern

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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