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. Supriya is the founder of her organization ‘Center for Self’ and an associate therapist here at CoGC.
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 affirmative 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. 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 is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and a dance movement therapy practitioner.
She has previously worked with survivors of human trafficking in Delhi and now works with adults from all walks of life. Her research work focuses on ideas of cultural constructions of gender, identity and how they are lived out in the world.
Her current research interests emphasize on trauma theory and violence and how that have shaped narratives of gender roles and identities. She is a queer friendly therapist and an ally of the LGBTQIA++ community.
She heads the internships wing of CoGC alongside organising support groups and seeing individual clients, primarily young adults.
Shruti is an HCPC, UK Registered Drama and Movement Therapist, theatre artist and a budding comic. She is trained from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London University.
In her endeavour to advocate for the creative art therapies in India, Shruti contributes as a Vice President at the Uttar Pradesh Mental Health Council, Women's Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
As a drama therapist, Shruti has worked with young adults, children and adolescents with various mental health concerns and gained experience of working at schools, hospitals and charities.
Currently, Shruti is working as a theatre teacher with primary school children at a school: 'Dreaming Child' and as a Drama and movement therapist at 'Me In MoveMEnt' and the Color of Grey Cells (CoGC).
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 (MBPsS) and a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (R-DMP-UK) with five years of experience in the mental health field backed by placements and employments in India and the UK.
She has considerable experience (NHS, UK & Fortis Hospital, India, etc.) working with adults living with anxiety and mood-related difficulties and those with severe mental illnesses. At various settings, viz. charities, shelter home, and a school; she has directly worked with children and adolescents experiencing emotional conflicts, behavioral difficulties, and attachment issues.
In her endeavor to further creative arts therapies in India, she contributes to the Indian association of dance movement therapy (IADMT) as a PR committee member. Her interest areas are intersections in psychology, psycho-oncology and culture & diversity in mental health. She is actively working towards evolving an integrated approach of using psychological therapies with the non-directive approach of embodied practices.
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.
Durgesh Ojha is a Psychodynamic psychotherapist. He is an MPhil trainee in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Ambedkar University and a Masters and Bachelors in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delhi.
He is an MHI certified Queer Affirmative Practitioner. He is also a certified practitioner of CBT, DBT, Depression, Grief & Bereavement Counselling and Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.
He works with a phenomenological and relational frame with an inclination towards psychoanalytic principles. The positionality of identities within the individual and the context of a relationship with the world is at the centre of the work. He has experience working with anxiety, trauma, grief, depression, psychosis, childhood conflicts, dreams and personal growth and development. He is the founder of taabeer Psychotherapy Services and a member of the Indian Holistic Psychology Association and the World Mental Health Organization.
He believes that every individual has the potential to reflect and (re)discover themselves.
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 had worked for two years as a trainee Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at Ehsaas, Ambedkar University before coming to CoGC. 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.
Kaif's work is about intensifying awareness of the present moment, and seeing intimately - without wishing to change - the emotions, sensations and thoughts present in the now.
Often we suffer because we have been taught to avoid this raw, intense, and often painful experience of reality. However, staying away from pain usually causes more pain in the long term. In psychotherapy, a soft touching of our raw experience takes place, and in the light of attention, we see that long-held painful emotions can be felt and let go of, making space for a way of being that is more in touch with life as it flows into us through the inner world. This work is both emotional and sensorial, that is, it involves feeling our emotions deeply in our body and not only thinking about them.
Kaif trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy in the MA and MPhil programmes at Ambedkar University, Delhi. Before that, he has studied and taught Comparative Religion, exploring the varied faces of our relationship with the sacred and its impact our inner lives. Within psychotherapy, his work is most resonant with depth psychological and humanistic forms of practice. He blogs about his work on www.kaifmahmood.com