Jalaja is a trained counsellor from Parivarthan Counselling, Training and Research Centre, Bangalore. She is currently pursuing her Internationalcertification in Transactional Analysis, specialising in counselling.Sheruns her private practice in therapeutic counselling. She is also associated with:
- Nightingales, an NGO focussed on elder care where she runs personal development groups for older adults.
- Astitva, a school for children with special needs, where she provides counselling support for the parents of these children.
- Live Love Laugh Foundation, where she conducts sensitisation and awareness programs on mental health to school students and teachers.
She has, in the past,worked as a volunteer counsellor with Enable India, where she worked with visually impaired young adults to emotionally support them through their training to take up corporate jobs.She has also been associated with Dream a Dream, an NGO focussed on imparting life skills to children and young adults from under privileged backgrounds
Jalajacomes from a corporate background of over two decades of experience in Sales, Marketing,
Operations, Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility, across Hospitality, Retail and IT industries.
She also conducts training programmes in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion, Respect at Workplace and
Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace.
Jalaja holds a Masters degree in Sociology
I am a therapeutic counsellor working with young adults, adults and couples. I live by the belief that change is possible and necessary. In my personal life and in my work with clients, I have seen that growth becomes possible when we push the boundaries of what we think is possible.
By bringing in different interpretations into our lives and by looking for new ways to understand ourselves and others, we are able to make meaning of the inevitable forces of change that come knocking on our doors. Counselling provides a space that enables us to make choices and to move forward by accounting for our needs and taking responsibility for them.
I draw upon the humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and transactional analysis schools in my work with clients.
I have a Master’s degree from the USA. Have previously worked in New York City and with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently practicing in Indiranagar, Bangalore.