Hello & Welcome to my Sex Psychotherapy Practice!
If you found me on social media and are looking to get in touch, please go to the Get in Touch section.
Every day, from my therapy desk, I see that sexuality has been repressed in the larger Indian context.
Part of my life’s work is to help people normalize their own sexual expression in relationship to their personal power, to heal from sexual shame and expand their understanding of sexual trauma.
“As every therapist will tell you, healing involves discomfort, but so does refusing to heal. And over time, refusing to heal is always more painful.”
– Resmaa Menakem, Trauma Therapist and Author
Please note that I’m no longer accepting new clients for trauma therapy within India for a few years. Our waitlist continues to be full due to the high crisis needs of the pandemic and post. I’m currently focused on psychoeducation for more people to be able to access inner work tools. Please continue reading to learn more about my work.
I’m Neha Bhat (ABT, ATR), she/her, a sex-positive, depth psychology oriented, arts-based mental and sexual health professional and writer. As a queer Indian person working across the world, I care deeply about issues related to power, abuse, somatics and spirituality in connection to collective health. As a sex therapist interested in building therapy bridges across disciplines, especially for the benefit of urban Indian consciousness, I write publicly and consult on various films, documentaries and reality TV shows written around sex and intimacy across various OTT platforms including Amazon Prime, Netflix US and Lionsgate Play.
My specialties are: Trauma Therapy; Sexual violence focused trauma therapy; Interpersonal Violence in Couples; Sex focused psychotherapy; Neurodivergence in teenagers and adults; LGBTQ+ identity development; Decolonial and indigenous approaches to wellness practices; Art Therapy; Theatre of the Oppressed and Somatic work; Depression and Anxiety resilience; Monogamous and Polyamorous Relationships; Parenting LGBTQ+ children; Complex grief, personal empowerment practices and working with intergenerational trauma patterns in the Indian psyche.
I work with:
Indian Family systems (Mother-Daughter units, Father – Son units and such)
Small organizational groups and work teams
Legal systems for trauma survivors and perpetrators – courts and jails
I teach part-time at various institutions including:
NYU, Abu Dhabhi, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India, UC Berkley and the University of Michigan
About my teaching style:
My teaching orientation is access-based, depth-oriented and often known to be energizing and innovative. I offer unique perspectives around sexual trauma care, gender-based violence prevention and art-based healing modalities at various institutions across the world including St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, the University of Michigan, the University of Idaho, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and more.
I currently run an arts-based, depth-oriented digital therapy practice oriented towards teaching and innovation in therapy education so that there is more open access to inner work for the larger public.
People’s unique spiritualities are invited within my therapy room and larger therapy practice, since trauma, nature, spirituality and wellness are all interconnected in my worldview.
I believe that both inner and outer work are essential for wellbeing. As an artist, psychotherapist and writer who is interested in learning from art, sexuality, nature and inner medicine, I am continuously attempting to build innovative pathways of social change in mental and sexual health. I have a tenderness for animal life of all kinds, and believe in the mysticism of existence. As someone trained in art therapy, I use creativity to facilitate meaningful, personal change in individuals, couples, families and communities impacted by various kinds of individual and systemic trauma. Here’s a bit more about this work in the media.
Below is a curation of some of the free psychotherapy tools I write about:
I’m also known as Indian Sex Therapist (@indiansextherapist) on social media.
What, actually is trauma work, especially for the urban Indian context? Why is it so important for wellness?
Why choose therapy:
A note for those who are new to therapy and inner work practices:
Trauma work is a form of self-knowledge. You do not have to have something “wrong” with you to access deeper ways of self-knowledge. Everyone, at some point needs to look beneath life’s surface to understand themselves better, which then often leads to a more easeful understanding of life, and its various joys and challenges.
People often choose to work with me, or with a depth-focused therapist, to find pathways of empowerment and clarity for themselves, at difficult or traumatic crossroads of their lives, especially in connection with their sexuality to make choices that feel meaningful to them in their specific cultural and social circumstances. I see sexual health as part of mental, emotional and spiritual health.
There may be times in our lives when the advice we get from our friends/families doesn’t help our specific situation. There may be unresolved aspects of our past that are too deep for our friends to understand, and this may impact the types of friends, employees, wives, husbands, daughters or employers we become. Trauma lives everywhere until it is allowed to be named. Trauma therapy is a wonderful option that can help bring clarity, insight and discernment into your specific ways of navigating the world.
If you’re struggling with issues around sexuality, relationships or interpersonal violence, and you’re ready for insight-oriented inner work, this practice might prove beneficial to you.
Note from the team:
Please note that Neha Bhat’s practice, this telehealth practice is full, and she is not taking further appointments for individual therapy. Our waitlists are also full. For the near future, Neha is focusing on public education, clinical training and writing so that sex therapy tools can be accessible to a larger audience worldwide.
Neha’s Therapy Practice is currently full and isn’t accepting new clients
How to Proceed with Inner Work if you cannot access psychotherapy at this time:
Please explore this website and the instagram account (@indiansextherapist) which is an offering of this practice to provide free psycho-education about mental health and trauma work online. Please don’t let the lack of therapy access stop you from going deeper within yourself for healing.
For Hindi speakers:
थेरेपी या काउन्सलिंग क्यों?
जीवन में कुछ ऐसी चीज़ें होती हैं जिनका हल हमारे दोस्त या परिवार वाले नहीं निकल पाते हैं । ऐसे समय में हम अपने आप को अकेला महसूस करते हैं, और अपनी मानसिक स्तिथि को हानि पहुंचाते हैं । थेरेपी इस स्तिथि के लिए हैं । काउन्सलिंग एक सुरक्षित जगह हैं, जहाँ आप अपनी मन की बातें बताकर, अपनी स्थिति को समझ सकते हैं ।
मैं इंटरनेट के द्वारा काउन्सलिंग सर्विस व्यतीत करती हूँ । नीचे लगे फॉर्म को पढ़े और अपनी डिटेल्स भरके भेजे । मैं २४ घंटो में आपको वापिस ईमेल करुँगी । आपकी डिटेल्स किसी और को नहीं दिखाई जाएंगी ।
To get in touch with me:
Please see the contact page to get in touch for trainings/seminars/workshops on sex therapy/intimacy curation work and more.
Please explore this website for more about my team and our therapy practice.
You can find a detailed bio here.
If you have benefitted from the same and are not a current client at the practice, please consider buying our practice a book that strengthens our ability to run a sustainable practice: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/nehabhat
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