About Us

Associates

Benaiza Shroff

A little bit about my background:
I consider myself to be a wanderer as I hail from the Hospitality and Service Industry, which gave me the opportunity to live and work in different places, travel the world and interactwith people from almost every country. My career began with the Hotel Industry and then I moved to working with one of the leading airlines of the world for almost a decade. A major chunk of my life has been about customer service and dealing with people from various cultures and walks of life. One thing that has struck me is that there is always so much to learn and unlearn as we go through life.

Around four years back, a personal crisis influenced me to change my path and relocate to India. I have always had a keen interest in psychology, the intricacies of human interaction with the self, others and life, the basic connect between mind and body and our pervading existential concerns.Somehow I was nudged into pursuing a Diploma in Counselling from the TATA Institute of Social Sciences, through CYDA, Centre for Youth Development Activities, an NGO that primarily works with youth, their issues and development. In addition, I was and still am fascinated by the comparison between Eastern mind traditions and schools of thought and Western psychology with regards to overall health and wellbeing of an individual. This inquiry led me led me to enrol in a course in Applied Buddhist Psychology and Ethics from Pune University.This is where the amalgamation and application of meditation, mindfulness, compassion and wisdom, in our daily lives started to take shape and it is an on-going journey.

What do I do?

I work part time as a school counsellor at RIMS International School, NIBM Road and have my own private practice as well. I am also associated with Just Being Centre as a counsellor. I offer my services to two NGOs. One is called "Connecting," which is predominantly a helpline for people who feel suicidal or are suffering from any sort of distress and the other one is "Aks," which is a helpline for cases of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

My work is based on guidelines from the client-centered approach of therapy, along with the practice of mindfulness and deep listening in the interaction with my clients.

My approach is to look at each other asinterdependent beings; worthy of respect and dignity. Yes, we all have our dark sides, our shadow, our flaws, our weaknesses, our reactions, etc. but we are all connected and whole inspite of our 'uniqueness.' There is a profound and subtle beauty in the so –called 'imperfection' of ourselves ...if we try to see it for what it really is.


Angelina Richa Kaushish, MLIS, BCST, RCST®

Angelina Richa graduated with Honors in Psychology with Guidance & Counseling as her main subject. Having Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication, her passion has always been with interacting and working with people, sharing her skills and experiences with them.

Intrigued by the intelligence and mystery of the human body, she trained with and is fully accredited in Craniosacral Biodynamics by the International Institute of Craniosacral Balancing ® ICSB, Switzerland.(www.icsb.ch).
In addition, she has long been affiliated with International Affiliation of Biodynamic Practitioners (IABT - North America) and is registered as International Practitioner member of the North American Association of Biodynamic Craniosacral Practitioners (RCST®). (www.biodynamic-craniosacral.org)

Richa combines the process of Open Dialogue as an approach to work in combination to her treatment sessions. She has an advanced training pertaining to pre-natal and perinatal therapy with a Biodynamic approach as well as she has been in constant exploration of this therapeutic work by taking part in Trauma Resolution and Social Engagement System workshops and adding to her skills. Currently, Richa is pursuing the study program for Trauma Healing, Somatic Experiencing® with Foundation for Human Enrichment, Peter Levine, USA.

At present, Angelina Richa is a facilitator for the workshops and Entry level programs for BCST Foundation trainings at Mumbai in collaboration with ICSB, Switzerland. She is also a Supervisor & Tutor for the BCST Foundation trainings held by ICSB in India.

Richa has worked and given sessions at the Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune for many years and has been a guest session giver at the Wildflower Hall, the Oberoi Hotel, Shimla.

She is offering Biodynamic Craniosacral sessions at Quanta Health Care Solutions, Mumbai and at Just Being Center and the Center of Life Sciences, Health & Medicine, Pune. She juggles her schedule between the two sister cities.

Angelina Richa is at Just Being Center as a Guest practitioner every Tuesday.

To know more about Craniosacral Therapy with Angelina Richa, please visit: www.craniosacraltherapy.co.in/
For more info & appointments with Angelina Richa please contact JBC at: +91 9011036828
Or write to: info@craniosacraltherapy.co.in


Vipul Shaha

Mindfulness-Based Counseling and Listening With Embodied Presence
Vipul is a certified counsellor in Mindfulness-Based Counselling and Listening with Embodied Presence under the expert guidance of Sandy Dias Andrade at Just Being. He is currently pursuing an advanced course in Presence Oriented Psychotherapy. He is a Vipassana practitioner and a Yoga instructor. He has a decade-long experience in the field of education as an environmental educator, mentor, coach, facilitator, curriculum designer, researcher and a teacher trainer. He has engaged with wide-ranging populations--children, teenagers and adults in varied settings--tribal, rural and urban regions around the world.

His professional career includes working with Teach for India, Ed-Visions Schools, Global Citizen Year and the Krishnamurti Foundation. He volunteers with social organizations such as--Initiatives of Change, Servas International & Shikshantar. Vipul holds a master's degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard and an M.Sc. in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Institute of Behavioral and Management Sciences (Andhra Pradesh).

Vipul is passionate about exploring the creative potential of education for a fundamental, radical transformation in human consciousness. He recognizes ‘Mindfulness Based Listening’ as an important component of this process. Vipul dreams of a more beautiful, joyful, kinder and a greener world for all and enjoys contributing towards its ongoing unfolding.


Niharica Shah

Psychotherapy and Expressive Arts Therapies
Niharica is a Psychologist and Certified Facilitator of Visual Art and Creative Movement Therapies. She holds an M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology (London), is trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and uses Mindfulness-Based techniques with clients. She works with teens, young adults and adults in individual therapy, group therapy and workshop settings to address a wide range of psychological distresses.

Her therapeutic practice has a Client-Centred approach. This means that the client takes the lead in directing and setting the pace of therapy. She encourages clients to choose what they would like to address in each session. She finds that her work often helps clients untangle the knots created with their thoughts, feelings and beliefs. It helps clients reflect on, and gain insight into their patterns, thus helping them find resolution or acceptance with different parts of themselves.

With each client that she meets, she learns a new story, a new way of seeing things as there is no "standard formula" for working with all clients or issues. With this varied toolkit of Verbal and Expressive Art Therapies, Niharica assists each client wherever they may be in their journey, in achieving a greater sense of wellbeing.