Meet The Professionals

All therapists affiliated with Interior Gardening engage in regular supervision and continued professional development to ensure the highest possible quality of care for our clients. We emphasize ethical practice and follow either BACP, APA, or ADMP UK's frameworks while maintaining cultural sensitivity. Interior Gardening does not condone or practice any form of conversion therapy for LGBTQIA+ individuals.

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Niharica Shah

(she/her)

Founder, Interior Gardening

Psychologist & Therapeutic Arts Facilitator

I am a Psychologist with an M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology from Kingston University London. I believe that therapy acts as a microcosmic representation of the client's life and patterns outside of therapy. In my work, I find it crucial to bring awareness to the relational experiences happening in the here and now, and use therapeutic art and an embodied lens (focusing on the body) to support clients in shifting the impact of past experiences in the present. I find that this frees us to make choices from who we are now, rather than who we were when we were wounded. I understand that various aspects of our identities, social structures, and the socio-cultural narratives we grow up with play a role in shaping how we view ourselves and our relationships; and I strive to be mindful of my client's context. By creating a secure foundation within the therapeutic relationship (between client and therapist), I support my clients in feeling anchored within themselves and in building their resources of support for life's challenges.

Approach & Values:

Person-Centred

Relational Therapy

Therapeutic Art & Movement

Queer Affirmative

Specializations:

Young and Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents
Exploring Queer Identities

Therapy for Therapists

Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati

Fees: INR 2000 per session (no sliding scale spots are currently available)

Akshata Parekh

(she/her)

Consultant, Expressive Arts Therapist

I am an Expressive Arts Therapist from Pune, India, with a Master’s degree from Lesley University, USA. I believe that our past experiences impact the way we live today and my work consists of re-visiting experiences from the past and working through these feelings within a trusting therapeutic space. I use Expressive Arts  Therapy as the key medium to process these experiences. I have found that the Arts provide an accessible and powerful medium to express ourselves in ways that words often can't, and work through difficult life experiences. My approach creates room to focus on the process of therapy and recovery. I also believe that a strong foundation of the therapeutic relationship (between client and therapist) is key to how safely we can unpack various aspects of your life outside.

Approach & Values:

Person-Centred

Psychodynamic

Expressive Arts Therapy

Trauma-Informed Care

Queer Affirmative Practitioner

Specializations:

Mental/Emotional distress due to Physical Illnesses
Grief and Trauma

Mental Health Disorders

Personal Growth

Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Marathi

Fees: INR 1750 per session (no sliding scale spots are currently available)

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Radha Joshi

(she/her)

Consultant, Movement Psychotherapist

I am a Movement psychotherapist and hold a master’s degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths, University of London. My practice is based on the core principle that mind and body are integrated. Hence, body and movement play a crucial role in the client’s therapeutic journey with me. I believe that how we experience today’s life is shaped by our past experiences. I offer Movement -focused interventions in sessions to help clients explore and process these past experiences, work through difficult feelings, build resources, and enhance awareness of themselves and their relationships. Since movement is our first and most universal form of communication, we can all find ways to express through movement, especially when words may feel inadequate. No training in dance/movement is required for you to feel the benefits of this approach. In my work, I address the inevitable role that social structures such as class, caste, gender, and race play in human wellbeing, and I am sensitive to the different cultural contexts my clients come from. I strive to offer a safe, confidential, non-judgemental environment, and a trusting relationship for my clients.

Approach & Values:

Psychodynamic

Person-Centred

Movement Psychotherapy

Queer Affirmative

Specializations:

Dysfunctional Family Dynamics

Grief and Loss

Anxiety in the Body

Relationship Concerns

Personal Growth

Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Marathi

Fees: INR 1250 per session

Your Rights

As A Therapy Client

  • You have the right to privacy and confidentiality about the information you share with your therapist during therapy (within legal limits).

  • You have the right to ask questions about anything that happens in therapy.

  • Your therapist can freely discuss how and why they have decided to use the treatment or approach they are using with you, and to look at alternatives that might work better.

  • You can feel free to ask your therapist to try an intervention that you think will be helpful. If it is within the purview of their training, they can try it.

  • You can also inform your therapist if something they did/said was not accurate or acceptable to you, without concern about it affecting your therapeutic relationship.

  • You have the right to not share any information with your therapist that you do not feel safe or comfortable disclosing.

  • You can ask your therapist about their training for working with your specific concerns and can request that they refer you to someone else if you decide they are not the right fit for you, without any fear of judgment or malice. Your wellbeing is our priority.

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