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Sheetal Jain

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Art-Based Therapist

Sheetal Jain, a Music Therapy graduate from Levine Music School, is an Art-Based Therapist certified by the Bapu Foundation. With four years of experience, she has been actively practicing Art-Based Therapy (ABT) and reaching out to 500+ participants, guiding them on their healing journey. After enduring a challenging upbringing as the daughter of a former bar dancer in the red-light district of Kamathipura, Mumbai, and facing socio-economic deprivation, she discovered solace in offering art-based therapy following her personal struggles.

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A Tale of Resilience and Redemption

In the bustling streets of Kamathipura, Mumbai's red-light district, a tale of courage and perseverance unfolds. Sheetal Jain, born into a world of challenges and adversity, navigated a tumultuous childhood marked by limited education opportunities and experiences of abuse. Raised by a mother who worked as a bar dancer, Sheetal's early years were a testament to the harsh realities of her environment.

Embracing Her Roots and Finding Strength

Sheetal's journey took a pivotal turn when she became a part of Kranti at the age of 17. This NGO, dedicated to empowering daughters of sex workers, provided Sheetal with a platform to heal, grow, and explore her passions. Despite facing marginalization and bullying in school, Sheetal found solace and purpose within the supportive community of Kranti.

A Leap of Faith: Pursuing Her Passion

At 19, Sheetal made a bold decision to abandon formal education and wholeheartedly pursue her passion for drumming. With unwavering determination, she embarked on a transformative path towards self-discovery and creative expression. Through the guidance and support of Kranti, Sheetal found the courage to follow her dreams and carve out a unique identity beyond the constraints of her past.

Inspiring Hope and Empowering Others

Sheetal's story is a testament to resilience, strength, and the transformative power of art-based therapies. By sharing her experiences and embracing her roots, she not only found respect for her mother's profession but also discovered a profound sense of purpose through music. Sheetal's journey serves as a beacon of hope, inspiring others to overcome adversity and embrace their true passions. As Sheetal continues to drum her way from the red-light area of Kamathipura to new horizons, her story resonates as a powerful narrative of healing, growth, and the pursuit of dreams against all odds.

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What is Art-Based Therapy?

Art-based therapy, or art therapy, is a form of psychotherapy that utilizes creative expressions like visual art, music, and theatre to enhance mental and emotional well-being. Guided by a trained therapist, individuals use art as a tool for self-expression and exploration, addressing various issues such as mental health, trauma, and stress. This holistic approach, beneficial in schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers, emphasizes the therapeutic power of art in fostering insights, building self-esteem, and developing coping mechanisms for improved overall wellness.


Why opt for Art-Based Therapy?

  • Uncover the depths within yourself

  • Acquire tools to break free from life patterns

  • Experience a safe and supportive environment to explore your true potential

  • Develop lasting tools to confront challenges

  • Embrace life with a sense of agency


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