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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.
Verified Patient Reviews
Benaifer is a truly gifted healer and guide. She listens deeply and really creates a space where her clients can feel safe, explore and bond with the parts of themselves that they may be cut off from. She is mindful, sensitive, and spot on in her perception.
There's a very particular quality of listening that Benaifer brings to sessions that I've never experienced somewhere else. I always feel like even when I am struggling to figure out what words express my feelings, she's both with me in the struggle and waiting on the other side of it, knowing the feeling and confident that I'll find the words. When she responds to what I'm saying, her responses are affirming and validating and also exploratory- giving me room to revisit, revise, elaborate, contradict. I've had more than 10 therapists in the last 15 years, and Benaifer is easily in the top 3.
Awesome professional, in addition to serving your needs. Ms. Bhada is very brilliant and receptive to listening while meeting your needs. Will work with you and honor your request with no complaits.
Benaifer was wonderful! She was warm and inviting, listened, and also was helpful.
Through my time working with Benaifer, I have been able to uncover blocks and old stories that I had been repeating for over 20 years: stories that I have now released. Working with her has not only provided insight, but healing and forward movement. If you are looking to work with a practitioner who is caring, warm and committed to your growth, I highly recommend working with Benaifer Bhadha.
Benaifer immediately made me feel comfortable. She was very intentional about creating an open space and ensuring that the first session was just her opportunity to get to know me. At the end we spoke more specifically about my goals and the importance of seeing a therapist on consistent basis.