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South Asian Therapist

WHAT I DO

Somatic Therapy for South Asian People

Born in the UK, within a strong South Asian Punjabi household, Jaspreet Randhawa MRPharmS, IP, understands the intricacies of wishing for a therapist who can understand the community & culture in which you are raised. 

"Western Therapy often does not work for Eastern Minds"

Navigating Asian family dynamics can be intricate, often involving numerous interpersonal relationships. Jaspreet offers specialized support to help you manage marital challenges, in-law relationships, and the emotional impacts of separation and divorce. Moreover, Jaspreet provides expert guidance for addressing anxiety, depression, complex PTSD, PTSD, and chronic health conditions.

Mental Wellbeing of the South Asian Community

Deciding to go for Therapy takes great courage, understanding the taboos and social pressures within the South Asian Community, Jaspreet provides a culturally-informed, Trauma Informed Somatic Therapy for those of Indian, Pakistani, Bengali and South Asian origin (alongside other nationalities around the world). Providing a deep soulful, healing therapy delving in to the root cause of patterns and pains we encounter now, both physical & emotional in nature.

"Uncover the Healing Power of Culturally Informed Therapy for South Asian Individuals"

Understanding both Eastern and Western approaches to trauma ensures Jaspreet's trauma informed approach respects your cultural backgrounds, recognizing the unique ways different cultures handle trauma. This cultural awareness is essential for effective, healing Somatic Therapy.

WHAT I DO

With Somatic Experiencing, your are guided to release trauma stored within the body.

With a deep commitment to cultural sensitivity, Jaspreet navigates the nuances of gender, sexuality, and societal expectations prevalent in South Asian cultures. Founded on the principles of safety, choice, and empowerment, providing you with the opportunity to heal from personal and collective traumas in a way that respects your cultural heritage​.

Jaspreet not only aids the individual healing journey but also contributes to breaking cycles of generational trauma, promoting healthy coping skills and emotional resilience within the community. 

Soulful Somatic Healing Journey

Jaspreet, as your somatic coach, guides you on a transformative journey with compassion and understanding. Her method combines traditional wisdom, modern scientific insights, and trauma-informed practices to protect and support you as you navigate through trauma processing and soul therapy. This journey goes beyond just thinking about emotions, inviting you to deeply connect with, listen to and feel what your body is communicating.

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  • What is Somatic Therapy?
    The Soma represents more than our physical structure; it's our inner body, also known as the subtle or energy body. Somatic, in essence, relates to the body in its entirety—both its physical form and its energetic presence. Somatic therapy is the practice of tuning into and feeling our body's current state, allowing us to identify and work through blocked energy that leads to physical symptoms like panic attacks, anxiety, digestive issues, and brain fog. This process involves using specific somatic exercises to help release these blockages, aiming for a state of health and balance.
  • What is Polyvagal Theory?
    The mind and body are connected through the Vagus nerve, which extends from the brain stem to the colon. This nerve is integral to our parasympathetic nervous system, known as the "Rest and Digest" state. In this state, everything feels calm, life is good, your body is relaxed, and all bodily functions operate as they should. Ideally, we would be in this rest and digest state most of the time, only shifting to the sympathetic nervous system state, or "fight or flight," when in danger. The issue in modern society is that we often remain in "fight or flight" mode, constantly releasing stress hormones, which can lead to numerous illnesses. By identifying where your body is on the Polyvagal scale and understanding which traumas (big or small) have contributed to this state, we can start to address them. Through talking, feeling, and processing these experiences with various techniques, we work to improve Vagal tone. This helps you respond to life's challenges with an appropriate level of stress or relaxation.
  • Can you provide C-PTSD or PTSD treatment?
    Yes. Our somatic therapy treatments integrate a range of modalities, drawing from both scientific research and traditional healing practices. Together, we'll address and process the underlying trauma symptoms contributing to your PTSD or C-PTSD, aiming for lasting relief and healing.
  • What problems can Somatic exercises help with?
    In somatic therapy, we embrace the mind-body connection, recognising that your environment and experiences over the years can lead to a wide array of symptoms that might escape conventional medical approaches. Instead of asking "What is wrong with you?" we prefer to understand "What has happened to you?" It's not uncommon to visit a GP with issues that defy easy explanation, often because traditional medicine tends to separate the mind from the body. However, the reality is that they influence each other deeply. So, if you're grappling with chronic illness, autoimmune disorders, depression, anxiety, brain fog, fatigue, numbness, dizzy spells, burnout, or any other condition where a root cause remains elusive — or if you're experiencing a mix of seemingly random symptoms — somatic healing can offer a pathway to understanding what your body is attempting to communicate to your mind.
  • What is brain fog?
    Brain fog is a type of dissociation that occurs during dorsal vagal collapse, a state of top-level dissociation when everything feels overwhelming. In this state, both body and mind may enter a shutdown mode, yet you might still manage to function to some degree. It's often when experiencing brain fog symptoms—like feeling mentally clouded and unable to focus—that many seek support. Somatic Therapy aims to uncover and address the root causes of brain fog, processing the underlying emotions that contribute to this and other related symptoms, guiding you towards a clearer, more peaceful way of living.
  • Do I need a therapist?
    This question isn't easy to answer, as truly, only YOU can determine when you're ready to be heard and supported by a trained therapist. If you find yourself asking this, it might be your mind and body's way of nudging you towards seeking a guide, mentor, or therapist. Whichever title resonates with you, the person who will navigate with you through your current experiences and past traumas, it's important to recognize that seeking support is a natural and brave step. Embracing your mental health and allowing yourself to be vulnerable in seeking help is a profound act of courage. Different therapists provide a variety of modalities to suit you. The Whole Body Therapist incorporates several modalities to allow for the best possible outcome, without narrowing the vision of healing to just one modality. One size does not fit all.
  • Do you work with International Clients?
    Yes, The Whole Body Therapist welcomes clients from any country. Our somatic therapy services are available globally, with the only requirement being that all sessions are conducted in English. This ensures that you can fully benefit from the quality of care provided. If the booking calendar times don't match your schedule, don't hesitate to get in touch via WhatsApp or email. We will strive to accommodate a time that works best for you.
  • How does the nervous system affect my mental and physical health?
    Our body is made up of several systems all cleverly interlinked. The nervous system of our body is integral in all aspects of our physical and mental health. Modern science and healthcare would have you believe that the mind and body are not connected. However, ancient traditions and research in the field of science of the mind-body connection, inform us that a dysregulated nervous system means we stay in survival mode for prolonged periods of time. This in turn causes the release of stress hormones, causing chronic illnesses of the body and mind. When we focus on the nervous system via the polyvagal lens, we are able to regulate it and come back to a balanced, healthy life.
  • What is Somatic Therapy?
    The Soma represents more than our physical structure; it's our inner body, also known as the subtle or energy body. Somatic, in essence, relates to the body in its entirety—both its physical form and its energetic presence. Somatic therapy is the practice of tuning into and feeling our body's current state, allowing us to identify and work through blocked energy that leads to physical symptoms like panic attacks, anxiety, digestive issues, and brain fog. This process involves using specific somatic exercises to help release these blockages, aiming for a state of health and balance.
  • What is Polyvagal Theory?
    The mind and body are connected through the Vagus nerve, which extends from the brain stem to the colon. This nerve is integral to our parasympathetic nervous system, known as the "Rest and Digest" state. In this state, everything feels calm, life is good, your body is relaxed, and all bodily functions operate as they should. Ideally, we would be in this rest and digest state most of the time, only shifting to the sympathetic nervous system state, or "fight or flight," when in danger. The issue in modern society is that we often remain in "fight or flight" mode, constantly releasing stress hormones, which can lead to numerous illnesses. By identifying where your body is on the Polyvagal scale and understanding which traumas (big or small) have contributed to this state, we can start to address them. Through talking, feeling, and processing these experiences with various techniques, we work to improve Vagal tone. This helps you respond to life's challenges with an appropriate level of stress or relaxation.
  • Do you work with International Clients?
    Yes, The Whole Body Therapist welcomes clients from any country. Our soma therapy services are available globally, with the only requirement being that all sessions are conducted in English. This ensures that you can fully benefit from the quality of care provided. If the booking calendar times don't match your schedule, don't hesitate to get in touch via WhatsApp or email. We will strive to accommodate a time that works best for you.
  • How does Whole Body Therapist incorporate cultural sensitivity into somatic therapy for South Asian clients?
    Whole Body Therapist, founded by Jaspreet Randhawa, emphasizes a trauma-informed care model that recognizes the cultural and individual uniqueness of each client, including those from South Asian backgrounds, ensuring a safe and understanding therapeutic environment.
  • Are there specific somatic therapy services tailored for South Asian clients at Whole Body Therapist?
    While the website does not list services exclusively for South Asian clients, the holistic and personalized approach to care implies that therapies are tailored to meet the individual needs of all clients, including those from South Asian communities.
  • Can you provide C-PTSD or PTSD treatment?
    Yes. Our somatic therapy treatments integrate a range of modalities, drawing from both scientific research and traditional healing practices. Together, we'll address and process the underlying trauma symptoms contributing to your PTSD or C-PTSD, aiming for lasting relief and healing.
  • Do I need a therapist?
    This question isn't easy to answer, as truly, only YOU can determine when you're ready to be heard and supported by a trained therapist. If you find yourself asking this, it might be your mind and body's way of nudging you towards seeking a guide, mentor, or therapist. Whichever title resonates with you, the person who will navigate with you through your current experiences and past traumas, it's important to recognize that seeking support is a natural and brave step. Embracing your mental health and allowing yourself to be vulnerable in seeking help is a profound act of courage. Different therapists provide a variety of modalities to suit you. The Whole Body Therapist incorporates several modalities to allow for the best possible outcome, without narrowing the vision of healing to just one modality. One size does not fit all.
  • What problems can Somatic exercises help with?
    In somatic therapy, we embrace the mind-body connection, recognising that your environment and experiences over the years can lead to a wide array of symptoms that might escape conventional medical approaches. Instead of asking "What is wrong with you?" we prefer to understand "What has happened to you?" It's not uncommon to visit a GP with issues that defy easy explanation, often because traditional medicine tends to separate the mind from the body. However, the reality is that they influence each other deeply. So, if you're grappling with chronic illness, autoimmune disorders, depression, anxiety, brain fog, fatigue, numbness, dizzy spells, burnout, or any other condition where a root cause remains elusive — or if you're experiencing a mix of seemingly random symptoms — somatic healing can offer a pathway to understanding what your body is attempting to communicate to your mind.
  • How is Jaspreet Randhawa's background relevant to her somatic therapy practice for South Asian clients?
    Jaspreet Randhawa is culturally informed and of Punjabi descent, which allows her to bring a deep understanding of South Asian cultures and sensitivities into her practice. This background enhances her ability to provide culturally sensitive and relevant therapy.
  • How can Somatic Therapy benefit South Asian people?
    Somatic therapy focuses on the connection between mind and body to heal trauma and stress. It's beneficial for all communities including South Asian people as it offers a holistic approach that respects cultural sensitivities and addresses the emotional and physical manifestations of trauma.
  • What languages can you speak?
    Jaspreet s fluent in Punjabi and Urdu, with some speaking skills in Hindi. However all consultations are spoken in English, therefore please ensure you feel fluent and confident to speak the whole session in English.
  • What kind of issues can somatic therapy address for South Asian individuals?
    Somatic therapy can help address a range of issues, including chronic stress, anxiety, trauma, and illness by focusing on the mind-body connection and aiming for holistic well-being & nervous system regulation. In somatic therapy, the aim is not to supress emotions or feelings, but rather to meet them, shine a light on their origin and process them so that they do not stay stuck in your nervous system and body, causing longer term unwanted patterns or illness.
  • How does the nervous system affect my mental and physical health?
    Our body is made up of several systems all cleverly interlinked. The nervous system of our body is integral in all aspects of our physical and mental health. Modern science and healthcare would have you believe that the mind and body are not connected. However, ancient traditions and research in the field of science of the mind-body connection, inform us that a dysregulated nervous system means we stay in survival mode for prolonged periods of time. This in turn causes the release of stress hormones, causing chronic illnesses of the body and mind. When we focus on the nervous system via the polyvagal lens, we are able to regulate it and come back to a balanced, healthy life.
  • Can you share which South Asian communities you especially resonate with in your somatic therapy practice due to your own background?
    As a somatic therapist of Punjabi heritage, I deeply resonate with and understand the cultural nuances of various South Asian communities. My personal background allows me to connect with and provide culturally attuned care to individuals from Indian, Punjabi, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Arabic backgrounds, as well as those who identify with Hindu and other religious and cultural practices. My own experiences as someone of Punjabi descent enrich my approach, enabling me to offer a space of empathy, understanding, and tailored support. It's my belief that this personal connection fosters a therapeutic environment where clients feel seen, understood, and respected in their unique healing journeys.

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