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Q&A LIVE session - What's upsetting you? Share with Counselling Psychologist Ms. Divya Dureja.

Date: 15th May, 2020  Time: 4:00 P.M.

"Hi, this session is for you. Your space, as a student, as a young adult, to unwind and gain insights. This extended lockdown period may have made you get upset about many things - you could be facing difficulty adjusting at home or having too many fights, not being able to control your anger, suddenly feeling sad, not sleeping properly, not eating properly or having difficulty studying. I want you to know that it is okay. And this is not permanent and there are effective ways and techniques with which we can help change this.

You may have anxiety regarding your wellbeing or your loved ones when thinking about Coronavirus. I can help you see it in a different light and reduce your worries.

Anything you feel you can't share or ask your parents or friends at this point, anything you feel hesitant about, ask me.

Friendship issues? Relationship issues? Feeling Unsafe? Family fights? Unable to focus or study? Or just feeling really unhappy during the lockdown? Just share with me anonymously in this live session and we will together find solutions."

- Ms. Divya Dureja
We, at Fairgaze, are glad to be hosting this LIVE webinar session where you can ask questions anonymously and get answers in the form of tips and solutions from our expert Counselling Psychologist and LGBTQIA+ wellbeing advocate, Miss Divya Dureja..

Webinar Facilitator

Divya Dureja is a 3 times TEDx Speaker with a nuanced body of work in poetry film and performance, seminars and training on mental wellness, women and queer issues across different countries. She is a well-renowned counselling psychologist, mental health and sexuality educator, an International Spoken Word Poet, a creative strategies consultant and an events curator & presenter with her own organisation based in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Across these disciplines and praxes, she delves into themes of feminism, queer identity, freedom, sexuality, liberty, power and autonomy.

From working on community development projects in semi-rural areas of India, to gaining experience in communications at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in New York City, Divya's relational sensibilities can be attributed to her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology from University of Delhi. She designs and conducts workshops in skill development programmes with corporates, university and school students on the themes of feminine hygiene, sexuality, mental health, and relationships; and serves as a panelist on LGBT themed seminars.

These institutions and organisations include - British High Commission, The American Center, Tata Consultancies, Irene Healthcare, Max Hospital, AIIMS Delhi, WIPRO, BITS PILANI, TISS Mumbai, GS Medical College Mumbai, Lady Sri Ram College, St. Stephens College, Girl Up - United Nations Foundation, Youth for Mental Health, IIT Delhi among others. She has been featured on the cover of Verve Magazine, on the cover of Reader's Digest, as well as in the editorial pages of Platform magazine and Harper's Bazaar India.

She's been an expert panelist in columns of HT newspaper and in news shows of NDTV, News X, India Ahead News and HT Live.

She is an International Performance Poet, Spoken Word Poet, Beat Poet, Jazz Poet and is touring with her ensemble 'The Divya Dureja Project' - India's Unique Live Performance Poetry Act. She is also the co-founder of Performers' Consortium - a unique platform for nourishing performers, democratising art narratives and organising safe inclusive LGBTQIA events and spoken word events. She has performed with poets such as Sarah Kay and Deborah Emmanuel at platforms such as Lakme Fashion Week, BBC News, New York Poetry Festival, MTV big Indies India and countries like Nepal, USA, Italy.

Her spoken word poems have been published by Big Bridge Press in their anthology of poetry by women poets of Asia and her interviews have featured in The Informer, Scroll, Firstpost, Kathmandu Post, Times of India, Condé Nast Traveller, Hindu, Times of India, Verve, Harper's Bazaar, News Laundry, Reader's Digest, Hindustan Times and various other print and online platforms.

Her poetry film on Vaginismus - a lesser known and highly under-diagnosed female sexual dysfunction has been screened at Film festivals in over 8 countries including Greece, Germany, Italy, Poland, Serbia, and UK and she has received accolades from distinguished feminist scholars, philosophers and artists across the globe including Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir and Luce Irigaray. She has also given a TEDx talk and performance creating awareness about it and she heads India's Vaginismus Support Chapter.

She has been the voice for digital and print campaigns with The Quint, Conde Nast, InUth Indian Express, Hindustan Times, Lakme Fashion Week, Microsoft, Verve, Vice India - through her poetry she has addressed the taboo around menstruation, abortion rights, vaginismus, homosexuality, gender dysphoria and physical disabilities.

Her continued success in the sphere of mental health, arts curation, her ventures in the nightlife space for LGBTQIA+ folks and her versatility as a performance poet are definitive of her multidisciplinary approach to art, activism and wellness.

benefits of webinar :

  • You will get a sense of community and togetherness and may even make new friends

  • You may realize that you’re not the only one feeling the way you are feeling and find comfort and solace

  • You will get practical solutions to your worries

  • You will be able to ask your concerns anonymously, without the fear of being judged

We urge you to reach out and participate in this webinar and seek support. We all face some issues at some point in our life, it's okay. It’s healthy to share and learn positive ways of dealing with distress from a non-judgmental and helpful counsellor.

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