Deepika is a registered relationship counsellor and psychotherapist. She completed her Master Degree in Social Science (Professional Counselling) from Swinburne University of Technology. She is also trained in child-centred play therapy and in Theraplay®.
Deepika has consciously chosen to develop her expertise in the area of mind-body connection and in relationship counselling. She firmly believes that the connection we experience with our physical bodies and the quality of relationships we are in greatly determine our mental health and quality of life. Drawing from her training in family and systemic therapy and in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Deepika has worked extensively with individuals, couples, parents and children to empower them to improve their connections and live within more fulfilling relationships.
Deepika’s primary areas of focus and interest include, but are not limited to, mental health symptoms like depression, anxiety, eating disorders, chronic pain and other emotional difficulties associated with prolonged distress in the body and in key relationships in life. The foundation of her work is based on research and studies in various aspects of psychology including neuroscience. She is positive about the latest discovery in neuroscience which believes in our brain’s capacity to adapt in a way that allows for greater possibilities of healing and recovery.
As an independent consultant, Deepika has worked in the field of mental health in various professional settings including a residential treatment centre, community organisations, schools, corporations and a healthcare network centre for more than 10 years. She remains steadfast in her commitment towards building healthier communities and continues to be involved with community organisations in Singapore as a consultant and counsellor for children and families.
Deepika is a professional member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT) and a clinical member with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC). She is the founder of The Open Connections, a counselling and consultation service dedicated to improving mental health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.