My Story

Ever since my early school days, I grew up with a strong feeling that I am not made for fields like engineering, CA or corporates. I just never had the language to figure it out.

However, in my high school years, this feeling started to find its way and my average academic version developed an interest to study human psychology.

Born and brought up in the city of Delhi, a student of commerce and philosophy, stories and people fascinated me. The complexity and depth of human beings were of utmost interest to me. In this rapidly moving metropolitan life, I was always drawn to the stillness of it.

I grew up in a sincerely religious, spiritual and yet emotionally confusing environment. This is what shaped my belief that being a tiny part of this grand design named “Universe”, every person is born with some challenges and strengths in their life, one just has to identify them.

I too have carried my fair share of challenges in life. a single child with working parents, I also grew up feeling lonely. From being a victim of child sex abuse, facing body shaming as an obese kid, and being labelled as borderline for struggling in interpersonal relationships, to closely witnessing the tragic loss of a loved one in the covid era, life was training me, personally and academically, all this while, to reach where I am today.

Therefore, my orientation is far from clinical, integrating of deep healing trauma work with spiritual grounding in life. However, I utilise tools from multiple psychological therapeutic modalities primarily Humanistic and Somatic approaches.

All about the therapist

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My expertise is

  • Psychological, sexual and childhood trauma
  • Grief Counselling
  • Anxiety and overthinking
  • Depression
  • Sleep issues
  • Obesity/Emotional eating
  • Stress Management
  • Breakups/separation

I have worked with a diverse population of special children, orphans, children of sex workers, sexual and domestic abuse survivors, differently abled adults in various institutions – hospitals, private clinics, schools NGOs.

Educational Background

  • Bachelors in Philosophy (Hons), Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi – 2014-2017
  • Masters in Clinical Psychology, Amity Institute of Psychology and Allied Sciences, Amity University, Noida – 2017-2019
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Psychology, Vision Institute of Applied Studies, Affiliated to Rehabilitation Council of India (2021-2022)

Licenses and Certifications

  • Rehabilitaion Counselor
    Rehabilitation Council of India
    Credential ID: A96616
  • TTC 200 hours, Praguna Yoga Shala, Mysore, Karnataka, by Kadambari CP

Continuing Education

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Individual, Arizona Trauma Institute (17 hours), by Dr Eric Gentry
  • Trauma Treatment for Children, Arizona Trauma Institute (4.5 hours), by Dr Robert Rhoton
  • EFT for PTSD and Trauma, by Joan Kaylor
  • TTC 200 hours, Praguna Yoga Shala, Mysore, Karnataka, by Kadambari CP

Professional Associations

  • POWHER NGO – Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Samarthya NGO – Counselling Psychologist

Mother Yourself First

The inspiration for this name and logo, came from my own experiential insight.

I too am a human first and sometimes, struggle with my own mental health. More than clinical acknowledgement, I understand it as “intense emotional experiences in a dysregulated body”.  It was a matter of noticing the pattern of my struggles that led me to a missing element.

I realised that the feeling of “sincere Compassion” was missing all this while.

The compassion that was lost in societally conditioned beliefs. The compassion that lacked in the realisation that living a normal life is very hard.

Therefore, this logo signifies – Self Compassion.

We all live in a love-deprived world, and the least we can do is create some love for our own selves. To give us all that love, we needed in our upbringing to not feel those ugly feelings we felt while growing up.

Lesson Learnt – We can bloom from our emotional wounds.

And hence,

This name – Mother Yourself First

To teach yourself the same things that you were told (with authority and scolding) and not taught (with love, patience and understanding), by parents and society.

Let us break the cycle of toxic conditioning from our society and parenting, by cultivating some love for ourselves, so that we don’t repeat what we suffered, with the next generation.

The moment we become our own mother/parent in consciously dealing with things that are very little and unconsidered – from starting with finding it hard to wake up from bed to instilling a better-disciplined routine, being mindful of emotional reactions, we prepare our mind and body to live better. To do the same things in a different way, in a loving way.

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