Aishwarya is a Psychologist (Clinical Specialization) and an Expressive Arts Therapy Practitioner (ExAT-P). She finished her Masters in Clinical Psychology from CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy from St. Xaviers College (Autonomous), Mumbai. She is currently also the Research Assistant with Foundation of Arts and Mental Health (FAHI).
She adopts a researcher practitioner approach, and has presented her papers at multiple National and International Conferences. Most recently, she presented her thesis titled, ‘Exploring Moral Injury in Indian Mental Health’ at the 5th international Conference on Counselling, psychotherapy and Wellness (ICCP 2023), Bengaluru as well as the 32nd Annual Convention of National Academy of Psychology (NAOP), Ahmedabad.
As a mental health professional, Aishwarya has worked in a hospital set up during her clinical specialization and has experience in working with adolescents through geriatric population. She is trained and uses assessments and diagnostics to help better support the needs of her clients.
While situated in a Outpatient psychiatric setting, she was able to integrate the world of clinical and traditional psychotherapy with expressive Arts which culminated in a therapeutic process with varied individuals at various levels of symptomatic presentation.
She has worked for over a year with Dr. Maitri Gopalkrishna (Drama Therapist) and in the duration extensively incorporated the language of care and compassion in working with marginalized women and children.
She has done corporate workshops for intern training, and worked one on one with individuals having diagnosed mental health needs like major depressive disorder (MDD), Eating disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), etc. She believes that no single size fits all, and an eclectic approach that is tailored to the concerns of the individual is the way to go and wants to continue to synthesize traditional psychotherapy with the Arts.