Emotional Abuse: Move Past Commentary to Compassion

By Scherezade Siobhan My client H is a bright-eyed software engineer with an envious fountain of noodle curls for hair. In her first session, we actually bond over the implicit politicisation of women’s hair as she declares she would do anything to have my poker straight tresses to which I respond with my barely contained […]

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Taking Care of Ourselves: #MeToo & Mental Health

By Scherezade Siobhan The prominent writer Clarice Lispector once wrote, “Many were they who abandoned all they had and went in search of the greater hunger.” The emergence of #MeToo across India’s digital landscape has created a new social climate for awareness about the importance of restorative justice and making explicit the unspoken trauma of […]

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Once Upon a Time: The Keys to Romance

By Tanya Vasunia It is through our relationships that we evolve and thrive as human beings. The last ten years have seen considerable changes in the inter-personal relationship landscape, with the boom of  telecommunication services and internet connectivity. As such, the role of relationships in our lives has transformed to suit the 21st century. But some […]

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Alzheimer’s: The Need for Compassion, Care

By Kamna Chhibber In my work as a therapist I come across people who struggle with caring for someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  The changes in life expectancy having altered the age to which human beings live has also created a dent in the issues that individuals face when they reach the later […]

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Exit Signs: Understanding Abusive Relationships

By Dr Samir Parikh While every relationship inevitably has its ups and downs, the experience of being a victim of abuse by one’s partner is very traumatic and painful. The consequences of being in such a relationship are equally devastating, if not more, than a physically abusive relationship, with the additional factor of the subtle nature […]

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Suicide Prevention Day: Creating the Space to Seek Help

By Kamna Chhibber Speaking, talking and sharing are not always given space in society. Often we shy away from discussing difficult issues. We find it a challenge to share our true thoughts and feelings. Many feel that what goes on within them may not be acceptable to others around them and in society at large. […]

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Center the Margins: Understanding Queer-Affirmative Therapy

By Scherezade Siobhan I was woken up this morning by a message from a young therapy client today and the text read as follows– “Hi, just thought I’d share that my dad sent me a bouquet of roses and a card that says “Freedom”. He was on whatsapp with me through the time the verdict was […]

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In Plain Fright – Understanding Therapy for Phobias

By Scherezade Siobhan Awaiting the elevator to hit the ground floor, from the corner of my eye I am watching the Swiggy delivery guy sign into the visitor’s entry register and secretly praying that he speeds up so he can get into the elevator with me. No, this is not some warped fantasy or fetish, […]

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