My name is Ramya Sastry. I have been working with Medisex Foundation for the last two and a half years as a counsellor and a workshop designer. One of the primary goals I have at Medisex is to create a conversation in our city about the benefits of counselling and psychotherapy. I try to do this both by working with individuals with emotional, sexual and familial difficulties and by designing workshops where in other counsellors can come in and engage in a conversation about how helpful learning to offer psychotherapy can be.
I have a bachelors degree in Psychology (with an emphasis in neuroscience and personality and social psychology) and Anthropology (minor) from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, USA. I have worked in social and personality psychology labs and have presented papers in conferences relating to aspects of personality that can be beneficial in helping us understand how humans process emotions. I also have a diploma in counselling skills from Banjara Academy in Bengaluru.
A list of research and psychotherapy conferences and workshops that I have attended:
Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference that was held in San Diego, Calif., in January, 2012 as a participant. The Western Psychological Association student conference (where I presented a paper on how loneliness affects college students and why some students prefer to be alone) that was held in San Francisco, Calif., in April 2011. Jean Piaget Society conference (where I presented a paper, as part of a team, on how religious attitudes among the college-going students in America are on the decline) that was held in Toronto, Canada in May 2012. The Brief Therapy Conference held in San Francisco, Calif., in December 2012 as a participant. A 3-day workshop on Cognitive Hypnotherapy conducted by Canadian Psychologist Dr. Assen Alladin held in Christ University, Bengaluru in February 2013, as a participant. The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference held in Anaheim, Calif., in December 2013 as a participant.
I have attended the 10-day Vipassana course that was conducted at Dhamma Paphulla in Alur village. For more details visit www.dhamma.org.
I am currently studying The Developmental Model of couples therapy (online) under Drs. Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson from The Couples Institute located at Menlo Park in California.
I consider learning and seeking knowledge as my life’s greatest pursuits. The knowledge that I continue to acquire can only make sense if I can transfer it, effectively and efficiently, to the individuals who walk into my office hoping that I can help them. Therefore, despite the degrees and the training experiences that I have had, I consider my clients and my workshop participants as my greatest teachers.