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Why Interior Gardening?

I founded Interior Gardening in October 2018 with the vision of creating emotionally safe and non-judgemental spaces facilitated by trained and ethically practicing professionals. Over the years, that horizon has expanded, and now includes fortifying the mental health community in India not only through therapeutic offerings, but also capacity building for mental health professionals, and creating products to support individuals in strengthening their ability for personal mental health care.

I believe that it is in nurturing each individual garden that we can create a more accepting and loving community together. Gardening, to me, represents the values that I hold essential to my work in mental health and therapy:​​

  • Consistency with compassion and nurturance,

  • An appreciation of our diverse natures and experiences,

  • The interdependence and interconnectedness of all life,

  • The need for boundaries to ensure healthy growth,

  • Creating ecosystems that are sustainable,

  • The necessity for practice and patience with the process, and

  • A mindful appreciation of all degrees of growth.

About Niharica

Hi there! I'm a Psychologist and Therapeutic Arts Facilitator. I hold a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology (Kingston University London), and I am trained and certified to facilitate Therapeutic Art and Movement (Artsphere; Artsphere, CMTAI & CID, Paris respectively). I am also a professional member (PC0036) and executive board member of the Indian Association of Dance Movement Therapy.

 

I began practicing as a Psychologist in 2016 and have since worked with a variety of populations in different settings - community mental health, corporate counselling, student wellbeing programs at schools and colleges, teaching psychology at school and college levels, consulting at psychological centers, and of course, private practice as Interior Gardening.

In my years of practice, and especially since the pandemic, I have come more and more to see and value the humanity in us all. I have come to understand that we do not heal in isolation. We heal in communities. We heal when we feel safe, seen, heard, valued, and know that we inherently have the right to belong. In the products and services offered through my consultancy, I encourage people to view their imperfections as very human parts that deserve acknowledgment and compassion.

Education and Certifications

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M.Sc. Clinical Applications of Psychology - 2015

Kingston University London, U.K.

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B.A. Psychology - 2014

Foundation for Liberal And Management Education (FLAME), Pune

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Dance Movement Therapy Therapist Training - 2018

Artsphere, Pune, in association with CMTAI & the International Dance Council, Paris

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Foundations in the Therapeutic Value of Art - 2016

Artsphere, Pune

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Previously Associated With

  • Tenerity Pvt. Ltd. (2021 - ongoing)

  • Tavisca Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (2019 - '21)

  • Just Being Center (2019 - '20)

  • Soulsphere (2019 - '20)

  • Taal Inc. Therapy Room (2019 - '20)

  • Sentient Leadership (2019 - '20)

  • Collective Quest (2019 - '20)

  • Saathi Haath Badahna - (2017)

  • Nanihi Centre - (2017 - 2019)

  • Bapu Trust (2016-17)