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Dr Shelja Sen is a child & adolescent psychologist and family therapist, who began her professional life more than 25 years ago. While working in different contexts in India and the UK, she was very disillusioned by the dehumanizing practices that pathologised human suffering. It led her to align herself with collaborative practices like narrative therapy and solution focused brief therapy. At the core of her work is how we need to understand how some children grow up with thin stories that they internalise as ‘truths’ about themselves. It is only when we understand how we are damaging our children can we take steps to reconstruct their broken identities or stories, one stitch at a time.
Dr. Sen has also co-founded - Children First, an institute for child & adolescent mental health that aims at providing a range of therapy services, neurodevelopmental assessments, trainings, school mental health programme (Schools That Care), community outreach (Communities That Care) and research work. She is also the author of All You Need is Love, The Art of Mindful Parenting and Imagine, No Child Left Invisible (Harper Collins).