Shobhika Jaju

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Shobhika Jaju is a psychologist with a passion to excel in the field of mental health. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mumbai. Backed by an excellent academic record, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sophia College for Women, Mumbai and secured a merit rank in her subject area as well as in the Bachelor of Arts program across 250 plus colleges from Mumbai University. Shobhika has qualified the NET exam for professorship.

Shobhika has authored several research papers, is a published researcher and writes frequently for print and online media as a freelancer. Shobhika facilitates workshop on topics related to psychology and has conducted workshops for teachers, parents and students as well as corporate institutes. She has delivered several guest lectures and has also been invited as a panelist for seminars.

Over the years, Shobhika has worked with and helped children, adolescents, adults and the elderly with various concerns of the mind & behaviour. She has developed a keen interest in the workings of the mind and strongly believes that any mental, emotional or behavioural concern can be solved by training the mind.

Shobhika has been trained in several therapeutic modes, among which are Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and Hypnotic Induction. She is also adept with pain management, dementia management, and psychological first aid. She uses these and other therapeutic approaches in combination to help her clients. Some of her preferred modes of therapy include behaviour therapy (in various forms for children and adults), anger management, relapse – prevention from substance abuse, relaxation strategies, play therapy, and study skills, among others. As a counsellor in Little’s Pre-Primary & Primary School for 2 ½ years, Shobhika has made extensive use of Play Therapy to connect with children of all ages and seen positive changes in their mental wellbeing and plans to continue doing so through Silver Linings. With a firm belief that learning is life long, Shobhika continues to get trained in newer therapy modalities with an aim to help her patients live a better life.

Shobhika has worked with patients exhibiting several different mental disorders in demanding situations and is well – versed with the administration of some of the most important psychometric tests. She has helped clients with various mood & anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, & schizophrenia, among other conditions. She has worked with children exhibiting symptoms of attention deficit, hyperactivity, learning disability, autism, bereavement and suicidal tendencies.

Work (Present):

  • Psychologist (Clinical) – Psychotherapist
  • Features Editor: Planet Goa magazine
  • Visiting Psychologist: INHS Jeevanti
  • Assistant Professor in Psychology (& Course Coordinator – M.A. program) – Parvatibai Chowgule College
  • Consulting Counsellor: Little’s Pre-Primary & Primary School, Fatorda

Work (Past) :

  • Content Writer: Parent Edge online at parentedge.in/blog (2013-2016)
  • Volunteer: Sangath, Goa (May 2015)
  • Content Writer – Evescape Magazine (2013 – 2015)
  • Clinical Psychologist: Addlife Caring Minds, Kolkata (2012)
  • Psychologist: Shantidan, Missionaries of Charity, Kolkata (2012)
  • Clinical experience with the administration & interpretation of the following tests: I.Q. tests (WISC, WAIS, KB & Seguin Form Board); Personality tests (Rorschach Inkblot Test, MMPI, TAT & CAT), Memory test (Wechsler Memory Scale), Neuropsychological test (Bender-Gestalt); & Developmental test (Vineland Social Maturity Scale), Aston Index & Vanderbilt scales.
  • Experience in diagnostic interviewing, testing & therapy work as an intern at the psychiatric wards of the KEM & Kalwa hospitals, Mumbai & at Thane Mental Hospital (2011-2012). Examples of cases seen include Schizophrenia (Disorganised), Addiction, Somatoform disorders, IQ & MR, among others.
  • Vocational Training imparted to children with special needs at S.P.J. Sadhana School, Mumbai – 2008.

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association

International Affiliate: American Psychological Association (Reg. No. 01376050)

Movement for Global Mental Health

Member: Movement for Global Mental Health

Goa Psychological Association

Member: Goa Psychological Association.

Bombay Psychological Association

Life Member: Bombay Psychological Association

Publications (in print):

  1. Agarwal, S. (2012). A study of the incidence of prejudice against the obese among the undergraduate youth of Mumbai. Bombay Psychologist, 27:1 & 2, 79-83.
  2. Jaju, S. (2013, October). Praise your kids in the right manner. Evescape, 2 (5), 30.
  3. Jaju, S. (2013, November). Obsessions & Compulsions – Say no to a long standing habit. Evescape, 2 (6), 31-32.
  4. Jaju, S. (2013, December). Inculcate reading habits in your child. Evescape, 2 (7), 29-30.
  5. Jaju, S. (2014, January). Writing can be fun too. Evescape, 2 (8), 9-10.
  6. Jaju, S. (2014, February). SOS for stressed out teens. Evescape, 2 (9), 22-23.
  7. Jaju, S. (2014, March-April). The F word – What to do if your teen starts swearing / cursing? Evescape, 2 (10-11), 16-17.
  8. Jaju, S. (2014, May-June). Utilise your child’s extra energy creatively. Evescape, 2 (12), 25-26.
  9. Jaju, S. (2014, July). Learning disabilities. Evescape, 3 (3), 11-12.
  10. Jaju, S. (2014, August). Busting the parenting myth. Evescape, 3(4), 14.
  11. Jaju, S. (2014, November). Child abuse: A dark reality. Evescape, 3 (7), 13-14.
  12. Jaju, S. (2014, November). Women in the workplace: A Psychological Viewpoint. Evescape, 3 (7), 33-34.
  13. Jaju, S. (2015, January-February). Importance of play in a child’s life. Evescape, 3 (8), 20-21.
  14. Jaju, S. (2015, January – February). Shopping tips for brides – to – be. Evescape, 3 (8), 35.
  15. Jaju, S. (2015, January). Music and dance in Goan culture. Planet Goa, 5 (5), 102-104.
  16. Jaju, S. (2015, February). Beat the post party blues. Planet Goa, 5 (6), 82-83.
  17. Jaju, S. (2015, March). Gift Goa to your mind and soul. Planet Goa, 5 (7), 82-84.
  18. Jaju, S. (2015, March – April). Manage your child’s temper tantrums. Evescape, 3 (9), 22-23.
  19. Jaju, S. (2015, May – June). Bullying: Behaviour to be questioned. Evescape, 3 (10), 28-29.
  20. Jaju, S. (2015, June). Gearing up for the Rains. Planet Goa, 5 (9), 28-33.
  21. Jaju, S. (2015, June). Explore Goa in the Rains. Planet Goa, 5 (9), 34-38.
  22. Jaju, S. (2015, June). Catch that Drop – Rainwater Harvesting. Planet Goa, 5 (9), 40-42.

Publications (Digital):

  1. Jaju, S. (2015, February 18). Coping with autism [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://parentedge.in/coping-with-autism/
  2. Jaju, S. (2015, March 18). Coping with autism – part 2 [Blog post]. Retrieved from  http://parentedge.in/coping-with-autism-part-2/#comment-59046
  3. Jaju, S. (2015, April 18). Body image in adolescence [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://parentedge.in/body-image-in-adolescence/
  4. Jaju, S. (2015, May 18). It’s all in the mind: body dysmorphic disorder [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://parentedge.in/its-all-in-the-mind-body-dysmorphic-disorder/
  5. Jaju, S. (2015, June 18). Taking your teen for therapy- tips and suggestions [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://parentedge.in/taking-your-teen-for-therapy-tips-and-suggestions/
  6. Jaju, S. (2015, July 20). Suicidal adolescents [Blog post]. Retrieved from  http://parentedge.in/suicidal-adolescents
  7. Jaju, S. (2015, August 18). Binge eating in adolescence [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://parentedge.in/binge-eating-in-adolescence/
  8. Jaju, S. (2015, September 18). Child abuse: the evil lurking behind every door [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://parentedge.in/child-abuse-the-evil-lurking-behind-every-door/
  9. Jaju, S. (2015, October 18). You think your child has ADHD? Think again [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://parentedge.in/you-think-your-child-has-adhd-think-again/
  10. Jaju, S. (2015, November 18). Identifying speech delays in children [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://parentedge.in/identifying-speech-delays-in-children/