How the Light Gets In: Attending to our Anxiety about COVID-19

This is the second part of a two-part series. Do Read Part One on Anxiety, Fear and the Covid-19 Pandemic here By Scherezade Siobhan Lately, I have been watching documentaries about folklore to stave off my own depressive and anxious phases during the lockdown. As people reel from the physical impact of the novel coronavirus, […]

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Mental Health and Us

Ask the Experts: Anxiety, Fear and the Covid-19 Pandemic

This is the first in a two-part series. Do read Part 2 on how to cope, ‘How the Light Gets In’ By Scherezade Siobhan There have been some obvious shifts in how conversation flows with my clients since the COVID-19 outbreak. One of the more obvious changes has been recognising how heightened anxiety can no […]

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Healing

Wellness by any Name: Of Language and Expression

By Scherezade Siobhan I must start with a confession― I used to detest those listicles that courted the allure of ‘untranslatable’ words from ‘foreign’ languages. Partly because a lot of them were poorly structured, also because I found them teetering at the hem of cultural appropriation. The idea that something is being deemed ‘foreign’ from […]

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Eight Things to Keep In Mind About Tele-Mental Health Therapy

By Scherezade Siobhan In a country as a densely populated as India, finding accessible and affordable help for mental health care is a daunting task at times. This is specifically true for several marginalised demographics who might not have necessary connectivity to approach institutional spaces where psychological and psychiatric help is readily available. As per […]

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Emotional Abuse: Conversation and Closure

By Scherezade Siobhan As I wrote in my previous column, emotional abuse is incredibly dissonant to process on several levels both psychologically and physically and at the onset of healing from it, the journey can feel a little like steering wheels within wheels. A lot of people struggle with the possibility of closure in the […]

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Healing Flowers

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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