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Shruti Jain

Existential Psychotherapist, working in Hindi and English

My Approach

I believe humans have an inherent ability to transform and that a firm therapeutic alliance and mutual trust are crucial elements for self-exploration and reflection.

By carefully listening, questioning and attending to your needs, I enable a process of dialogue that allows for a descriptive narration of your life and your experiences.  Through that narration, we search for the truth with an open mind and an attitude of wonder, leaving aside diagnosis that may put you into pre-established categories and interpretations.

Existentialism and existential therapies use a range of approaches, but the focus may be on major themes such as responsibility and freedom.  I create a space to deepen your journey of finding meaning in the face of anxiety facilitated by choosing to think and act responsibly, and by confronting negative internal thoughts vs. focusing on external forces like societal pressures, cultural limitations or plain old luck.

I work with my clients to create a therapeutic space that has the potential to foster creativity, love, authenticity and free will – all avenues that enable transformation, and if that is what you are looking for.  I say to my clients that when I work existentially, I don’t work with a goal or an agenda, albeit maybe the one goal: You learn to make more wilful decisions about how to live, drawing on creativity, agency and love, instead of letting external forces or events determine your behaviour and relational patterns.

As part of the process, I may also use integrative therapeutic modalities such as CBT, gestalt creative therapy, family systemic therapy and when required, some form of meditation and mindfulness approach.

Having been exposed to multiple cultures, I have a strong understanding and awareness of equality and diversity issues and am used to working with people from varied backgrounds.

My Experience

I am currently studying towards a Doctorate in Professional Studies (DProf) in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling. I have a BSc in Marketing with a minor in Psychology and an MBA. After ten years of corporate experience in Human Resources, I embarked on a personal journey and decided to retrain as a psychotherapist.

I started as a therapist five years ago in London, gaining experience in alcohol and drug addiction, as well as inter-cultural therapy. This allowed me to work with clients from a wide variety of nationalities, faith, sexual orientations and mental health concerns.  I moved to Singapore four years ago and have deepened the experience by seeing individuals, couples, dyads and families for therapeutic interventions.  I compliment my experience by volunteering and attending to the needs of the young adults and social workers within NGO’s/VWO’s in Singapore.

The areas of concern I am familiar with are and not limited to:

Addiction, Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Dissociation, Dysfunctional relationships / family dynamics, Identity and sense of self, Grief / Loss, Relationship concerns, Racism, Sexuality, Trauma, Third culture / cultural issues

Professional memberships

I am a student member of the UPCA (Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association), UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and the SAC (Singapore Association for Counselling).

In order to deepen my knowledge, I take part in trainings several times a year and attend weekly existential therapy supervision. 


Shruti Jain: Team
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