Achiever's Success Story
Dr. Shwetambara Sabharwal, Founder, MINDCRAFT”
Dr. Shwetambara Sabharwal is a psychologist, psychotherapist and columnist (Indian express, Livemint), has worked relentlessly towards preventing, treating and educating in the field of Mental Health, for the last 17 years with clients across the world.
Finishing bachelors and masters in psychology both at the top of her class, received National scholarship, she interned at KEM, Kalwa and Thana Mental hospitals and dived straight into private practice out of a rented garage in Bandra. She also took up attachments in various schools, colleges, clinics and hospitals.
Her journey in the field, 2004 onwards has been full of challenges, lessons and one that needed persistence. One to enjoy challenges and empowering the next generation, she taught Abnormal Psychology at Mithibai College, Mumbai for 5 years and provided counselling services to ISDI Mumbai.
Her vision has been to do both treatment and preventive work in the mental health space. Sensing patient plight in identifying various specialists within the realm of psychology, travelling clinic to clinic for tests and treatment, she founded Mindcraft Counselling centre in 2007, an ISO certified centre for pertinent help under one roof with specialists like occupational therapists, clinical psychologist, special educators, career counsellors, psychotherapists, nutritionist and homeopath.
During her practice as a marital therapist she observed a practical problem that couples often faced with lack of time together. She put a team together and started the first ever night creche for children where parents could drop off their children for the evening and pick them up as late as 1 am!
Not only did this project help couples with date nights but also helped their children transition into a healthy night time routine. The enterprise was covered by CNBC on Young Turks and on a French channel worldwide.
An REBT practitioner, she has a proclivity towards neuroscience, is sensitive to role of culture, cognisant of the power of spirituality and empathetic of circumstances for the people she treats.
During the lockdowns due to the Covid pandemic since March’ 2020, she committed herself to free online presence for her patients and others in need.
She quickly realised therapy consults were not enough given the magnitude of the concern. There were many more who needed assistance. Despite a full schedule as a practitioner, she burnt the midnight lamp by writing weekly articles, columns and reaching out through social media. She has helped thousands of people by creating awareness, teaching coping skills and helping with de-stigmatisation and normalisation of the dialogue around mental health.
She also raises funds through her work for schools for destitute children. In her quest to empower people she actively does pro bono talks, webinars and releases educational videos.
A mother of two kids she started a project on composting, drip irrigation and growing food at her farm to engage her children in hands on learning. Dr Shwetambara’s permaculture project feeds not just her family but also provides crops to those in need. She often works hands on in the farm as she believes that is her connect with the earth and its abundance.
Having grown over 20,000 trees, creating natural food forests, she doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.
She is developing a curriculum for schools to include self awareness and coping skills early on, with a vision for a better community, with less mental illness and conflict. She hopes to publish her first book on Listening soon as she believes this is a lost art in our fast paced world.