Sandy Dias Andrade is a psychotherapist and the director at Just Being. Departing from the field of journalism, she trained in Clinical Psychology from Mumbai University. Over the years, she has assimilated and synthesized various psycho-spiritual approaches within psychotherapy and group process work and has intuitively moved towards a holistic, transpersonal and integral approach.
She is passionate about merging mainstream psychological processes with mindfulness. Her enthusiasm and search finds her to be the first therapist from India to receive training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) from its developer, Zindel Segal, from the University of San Diego, California, U.S.A. She has also trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), another Mindfulness Based Intervention.
With fifteen years of experience in counselling and psychotherapy, she is trained in a number of approaches that include Cognitive Therapy, Integrated Somatic Psychotherapy (ISP) and EMDR. She is a skilled facilitator and her own ongoing mindfulness practice guides her work with clients and groups. She has further honed her skills in the application of mindfulness through numerous online and in person trainings and retreats with leading teachers and trainers in the field of mindfulness and psychology.
She has developed an approach to psychotherapy 'Presence Oriented Psychotherapy' and trains psychotherapists and counsellor in this approach. She also offers a course in Lay Counselling (Listening with Mindfulness & Embodied Presence) as a bridge program to meet the needs in the community for high quality listening spaces.
She is also involved in the field of suicide prevention and is a trustee with Connecting, a Pune based NGO that works in this field. She initiated its helpline service, the first of its kind in the city based on the principles of listening. She designed and co-developed their training programme in `Mindfulness based Active Listening' and has trained hundreds of volunteers for its programs.
She earlier worked as a school counsellor with the Rewachand Bhojwani Academy (RBA) where she worked extensively with children, teachers, parents, school systems and processes. Through the Madhavi Kapur Foundation (MKF), she continued to offer consultations and trainings to schools and teachers. She authored MKF's Life Skills Orientation manual for counsellors and life skills teachers. She now does mindfulness based work with schools through Just Being.
The application of mindfulness in education, parenting, relationships, communities and organizations is also what she is passionate about. Her own journey in awareness, love and wisdom is what she seeks to nurture and facilitate for herself as well as for others. A journey towards inner wholeness and wholesome communities.