About Us

Founder Director

Sandy Dias Andrade is a psychotherapist and the founder-director at Just Being. She is passionate about merging mainstream psychological processes with Mindfulness and Wisdom oriented approaches.

With over eighteen years of experience in the field, she has trained in a number of approaches. She is the only therapist from India to be fully certified internationally in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) from the Center of Mindfulness, University of San Diego, California, USA. She is listed on the international directory of MBCT - therapists (www.accessmbct.com). She has trained with Zindel Segal, Steven Hickman, Sarah Bowen and mentored by Susan Woods. She has also received training in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).

She has trained extensively in Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP), Cognitive Therapy, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST). She is an accredited practitioner in Craniosacral Biodynamics by the International Institute of Craniosacral Balancing (IICSB), Switzerland.

She has also received training and Certification in Focusing Skills, a body oriented approach in Listening from the British Focusing Association (BFA). She is also trained in trauma resolution approaches and has had exposure to attachment work. Her work is also informed by EMDR and Internal Family Systems (IFS).

She has vast experience in designing and executing trainings for mental health professionals, educationists and others. Her trainings are experiential and comprehensive. She contributes to Connecting, an NGO involved in suicide prevention, where she is a trustee, trainer, mentor and volunteer. She also contributes to many other social organizations and schools. She established Connecting's helpline service in Pune city and designed and co-developed Mindfulness Based Active Listening, a course for volunteers for providing listening support that now runs independently.

She is invited as faculty to teach the applications of Mindfulness and Presence on many other courses like the Buddhist Psychology and Psychotherapy course offered by the Pali Department at Pune University, she also takes a module on Mindfulness at the CYDA-TISS Counselling course in Pune and teaches modules on Mindfulness, Presence and Listening at a course by Seeds of Awareness at TISS Mumbai and takes a module on Deep and Active Listening for psychology students at St. Mira's College, Pune. She has also taught modules on Mindfulness and Presence to students of Dance Movement Therapy.