The Color of Grey Cells (CoGC) believes that,
“In the search for self care, stability, and growth, the best answers lie with color, music, stories and movement.”
Envisioned in 2014, CoGC functions primarily under the expertise of Drama and Movement Psychotherapist, Ms. Anshuma Kshetrapal. Though it is based primarily in Delhi , the endeavour extends itself to groups and individuals all around the world, who are keen to learn, experience and benefit from psychotherapy and Creative Arts therapy. The main mission is to emphasise on the inclusivity of the psychotherapy, such that, every individual, irrespective of their access or proficiency in art, can access creative arts therapies and talk psychotherapy. This is the essence and spirit with which CoGC functions. To know more, please watch the video below and contact us.
Meet The Team
Working through a trauma-informed, systemic lens; Supriya is a Psychotherapist, arts-based practitioner and a dance movement therapy facilitator.
She incorporates the principles of body psychotherapy, experiential awareness and expressive arts to create therapeutic spaces with individuals, groups and communities.
She works closely with adults and children with attachment difficulties, developmental trauma, anxiety and other mental/emotional regulation concerns.
She thrives at the intersection of body-mind disciplines and is inspired to rediscover embodiment as a collective through shared practices, breath, movement, mindfulness and the expressive arts.
Anshuma is a practicing Psychotherapist and Drama and Movement therapist, registered with BADth (British Association of Dramatherapists). She is a client centred, queer friendly and trauma informed therapist who works from a psychosocial lens.
She is also an educator in the field of arts therapies and teaches Dramatherapy at St. Xaviers College, Mumbai She is a faculty member and supervisor for certificate programs by CMTAI. She is also the co-course director, faculty and supervisor for the PG Diploma in Dance Movement Therapy by St. Mira’s College, Artsphere, Pune and TATC.
She is a Founding Board Member and Vice President of the Indian Association of Dance Movement Therapy as well as the Member-in-Charge of the Ethics Committee. She is also the Vice President of Drama-Therapy India. Enthusiastic about advocacy and education in the field of mental health, she founded The Color of Grey Cells and co-founded The Arts Therapists Co-Lab.
Lakshita Malhotra is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and a Dance Movement Therapy Practitioner.
She has worked as a trauma counsellor with survivors of human trafficking in Delhi and with people from non-conforming sexualities.
In her endeavour as a psychotherapist, she works with adolescents, adults, couples and groups from urban settings.
Her work focuses on the intersection of community, sexuality, politics, violence and identity in relational and larger cultural contexts.
Shruti (She/They) are an HCPC UK Regd. Drama therapist trained from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London University. They are also a Certified Queer Affirmative Therapist, Comic and a Theatre Artist.
As the Executive Member of Drama Therapy India and the Founder of Raasta India: Innovating Mental Health Care, Shruti aims to create opportunities for the application of creative arts therapies across different spaces pan-India.
She is trained to work with children, adolescents, adults and young adults on a variety of concerns and human experiences of grief, loss, anxiety, depression, neurodiversity, difficulty in work and career, existential crisis and difficulty in relationships. She also works with individuals who identify as queer or are looking to explore their gender and sexual orientation. Our clinic is a queer friendly space and Shruti's practice is Queer Affirmative.
An ardent believer in creative therapeutic spaces, Nishi is a queer affirmative, licensed Psychotherapist with her expertise in Dance & Movement Psychotherapy. She pursued her BA Hons. Psychology from the University of Delhi and further studied her MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Nishi works closely with adults who experience/have experienced trauma and abuse, individuals dealing with clinical depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and other mental health related issues. Alongside her work here at CoGC, Nishi is the founder of her organisation 'The Safe Sanctuary' that offers mental health services.
Nishi believes in making our society inclusive and focuses on the importance of mental health for all using creative arts , the body and movement.
Sukriti is a psychologist and a dance/movement therapy facilitator. She has done her bachelors and masters in Clinical Psychology and has a certification in Creative Movement Therapy from CMTAI. In the past few years she has worked with children of all ages and various needs, NGOs, private organizations and more, through counselling and Movement Therapy.
Her counselling work is also extended to adults and young adults through consultancy with The Color of Grey Cells and her own private practice. She actively conducts workshops with universities, schools and corporates and has been teaching on movement therapy based courses too. Her interests lie in applying her therapeutic knowledge with different populations, spreading awareness about mental health and pursuing her passion for dance alongside.
Rashi is a qualified and a practicing Psychologist and a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (R-DMP-UK) with seven years of experience in the mental health field backed by placements and employments in India and the UK. She is also a guest teaching faculty member for certificate programs by CMTAI.
She has considerable experience (NHS, UK & Fortis Hospital, India, etc.) working with adults with anxiety and mood-related difficulties and those with severe mental illnesses. Currently, she works with adults and young people who have experienced trauma or abuse, relationship difficulties, persons living with depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and other mental health related issues.
In her endeavour to further creative arts therapies in India, she contributes to the Indian association of dance movement therapy (IADMT) as a licensure and policy committee member. She is actively working towards evolving an integrated approach of using psychological therapies with the non-directive approach of embodied practices.
Durgesh Ojha is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. He did his graduation and post graduation in psychology from Delhi University. He has done his MPhil in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from Ambedkar University Delhi. He is also the founder of taabeer psychotherapy services which aims to do advocacy for psychoanalytical knowledge and practice. He has experience of working with patients in schools and universities. In his private practice he has helped people in their growth and development, relationship issues, trauma and grief. He has also taught psychology to master's level students. His focus is on personality of the individual, self and identity and further growth and development of the patient of the same. He works with a psychoanalytical frame. He is a member of American Psychological Association and IARPP.
Nishtha is a Psychologist, an Expressive Arts Therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions, Massachusetts, USA.
She is currently practicing in India and works closely with individuals, couples, families and groups incorporating a trauma-informed, eclectic, body-based approach in expressive arts therapy. Her past work includes a wide range of populations across India and the US such as outpatient mental health clinics, adults and adolescents with eating disorders, family therapy and psychoeducation for adults with first episode psychosis, homeless adults with acute mental illness, adolescents and young adults in high schools and university settings and children with visual impairment.
She is also a a faculty member for the PG Diploma DMT at St. Mira’s College (Pune) and certification course in DMT (CMTAI). Her personal training includes a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University (Cambridge, USA), a Masters in Applied Psychology from Delhi University (Delhi, India), and a certification in Dance Movement Therapy (DMT).
Expressive Arts Therapist
Zenab Ansari, is currently doing her private practice as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.
She has done her M.A. in Psychosocial Clinical Studies and M.Phil in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from Ambedkar University, Delhi. Her research areas include identity, politics and psychoanalysis. She is currently employed as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at Centre
for Psychotherapy and Clinical Research, Ambedkar University.
Through her empathetic listening, she tries to understand the root cause of the difficulties
her clients are facing in their everyday lives. In helping clients, her idea drawn from the psychoanalytic orientation is that the more honest we are with ourselves, the greater our chances of having a meaningful and useful lives. She has experience in working with trauma, anxiety, depression and emergency situation of panic attacks, suicidal attempts and psychotic breakdowns. She has also experience in working with couples, and individuals with borderline and narcissistic personalities.
Yashika is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, who divides her time between Delhi and Kerala. She is currently a Psychoanalytic Fellow at the Psychoanalytic Center Of Philadelphia (PCOP) — a distinguished academic honour granted in recognition of her interest and acumen in psychoanalytic thought. She holds an MSc. in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology from Anna Freud Centre, University College London, and an M.A in Applied Psychology from Jamia Millia Islamia. Yashika's approach to mental health is intersectional, informed by both relational and psychoanalytic frameworks. She is also a trained Dance Movement Therapy Facilitator, certified by the International Dance Council, UNESCO, Paris.
In addition to her work here at CoGC, she also has a background in working on an institutional level as a Core Member and Advocacy Head of the Uttar Pradesh Mental Health Council. Her research interests include the bodily and emotional experience of motherhood, intergenerational transmission of trauma and personality difficulties.