I am an RCI accredited psychologist with a demonstrated history of working in the field of the mental healthcare sector. Skilled in Parent Counselling, Life Skills Training, Career Profiling, Child and Adolescent Assessments, and Interventions. I am a Mental Health professional with an Advance Diploma in Child Guidance and Counselling from the National Institute Of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) as well as an MA in Counselling Psychology from Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Noida. I pursued my Bachelor’s in Psychology (H) from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University.
The zest to use my knowledge base and to kindle my spark of working to empower others, I co-founded an NGO by the name of Karma Foundation, wherein, I worked on the ground level towards woman empowerment, self-defense training, legal counselling for women panchayats, and educating the underprivileged amidst others.
Alongside managing the NGO events, I started taking Life Skills Education for students of different schools as a freelancer and for underprivileged children in different orphanages. I focussed on areas like self-awareness, self-esteem, time management, emotional regulation, bullying, and sex education. Also, I worked full time as a Counsellor and a Special Educator at G.D Goenka Global School, Gurgaon. There I assessed and worked closely with children who had special needs, steered parent training, and even trained teachers to better equip them to deal with diversity in their classrooms.
I believe that all of us begin as a blank canvas, it is our experiences and the meanings we attach to them that determine the colors that come out. So to say, It was my experiences and learnings all along in this journey that made me who I am today.
There are a few learnings, that though are givens of my personal experience in the field, always made me feel a sense of anguish. One of those concerns is that a vast gap exists between theory and practice. It is one thing to know-it-all theoretically and another to be a good therapist at work. Also, the gap between the need for help and the number of people seeking help is so wide, that it is almost startling. Most people either don’t want to spend on therapy, they can’t afford it or worse, they still live in the shadows of stigma around mental health and consider seeking help to be a taboo or a sign of weakness.
These setbacks gave me an insight into the need for an initiative that has the potential to change the way the world views Mental Health. And, if there is one thing I have learned, it is that two, three, four, or hundred is a stronger number than one. So to say, I understand that to fight this stigma and bridge this gap, it is first crucial to present mental health professionals with a platform, where, through their united force, they can thrive and even win!
This stigma around mental health is caused by fear of the unknown and I believe that we, the community of mental health professionals can use our expertise as a sword and write/talk about it, not only to sensitize people, but to empower them for a more enlightened way of living.
And so, ENLIGHTENFY was born!