Benaifer Bhadha, LMSW
My guiding principle as a therapist is deep listening without judgment, so that people can feel the freedom to express themselves, explore their experiences and create authentic connection. I believe that listening is an essential tool in healing and feeling valued. For the last 10 years I have worked in the field of advocacy and coaching, using storytelling to explore the healing and transformation that comes from narrating your own story. My work with marginalized groups in the United States, Australia, East and Southern Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe gives me a deep understanding of issues experienced by different cultures and ethnicities as they intersect with gender identity, race, religion, sexuality, and disability. In addition to my work experience, my own identity as a queer South Asian woman has influenced my life tremendously and is foundational to my desire to create inclusive and safe spaces for others. The therapeutic space I create is influenced by social work and narrative therapy models that center people as experts in their own lives and honor individual self-determination. Because everyone person is unique, my practice makes us co-creators and equal partners in creating the therapeutic space. Together, we will navigate and employ a variety of modalities, from storytelling to mindfulness practices and creative movement exercises, to build a place of safety and strength for you.
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Education and training
- Columbia University, Master's in International Affairs
- Columbia University, Master's in Social Work
- National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network
Awards and publications
- Bhadha, B. (2017). Storytelling and Listening to Combat HIV/AIDS: Stigma and Secrecy in Kenya. In Narrative in Social Work Practice: The Power and Possibility of Story (pp. 127-143). New York, NY: Columbia University Press
Corestory Psychology Services
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