Nidhi Amanda Chaitow (BApp.Soc.Sci) is an multi-faceted and experienced psychosocial counsellor and group facilitator offering a wide range of individual sessions, workshops, and therapeutic programmes. Embodying a person-centred approach and using the tools of mindfulness, somatic movement, drumming and spiritual connection for integration, transformation, connection and healing. Nidhi is Passionate about empowering people to maximise their potential and celebrate their own unique rhythm.
Nidhi says: I discovered first-hand the remarkable healing power of the drum, having been involved for several years with the Drum Cafe and with a string of community upliftment projects involving the use of drumming and life skills (or living values) and working with individuals and groups around transformation. I have worked alongside several non-profit organisations and NGOs across South Africa, such as Lifeline Garden Route, Hospice Knysna, Oasis Addiction Centre in Plettenberg Bay, Eco Ed in Harkerville, Minnesota State University, Afrika Tikkun, Nechama and Jewish Seniors Cape Town to name a few. I have more than 25 years experience as a therapeutic drumming facilitator, life skills and living values educator, conscious counsellor and mentor and have worked for many different clients and organisations in Cape Town, Johannesburg, the Garden Route and around the world. I co-authored a paper for the Psychological Journal of USA, as well as written, developed and facilitated various empowerment, drumming and life skills/living values programmes and was part of the set-up and creation of a University - Eden Campus, in Karatara, in the Garden Route, which is now called Tsiba Eden. In 2013 I moved from the Garden Route to embark on a Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences Degree at South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) in Claremont, Cape Town (www.sacap.edu.za) and now live in Cape Town. I completed my BApp.Soc.Sci degree mid 2016 with 200 hours of Fieldwork as Student Counsellor at SACAP. I completed additional modules in Grief and Loss, Somatic Counselling and Palliative Care and am a volunteer bereavement counsellor for Nechama (Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service). To add to my basket of skills I have just completed certificate trainings in Music in Creative Detoxification and Rehabilitation and CBT with Older People. I spend my time researching the psychosocial aspects of trauma and the precursors for addiction and abuse. At present I am running my Conscious Rhythm practice in Kenilworth, Cape Town and coordinate the Temple Israel Cres Psychosocial Care Programme at Temple Israel, Progressive Jewish Congregation in Cape Town.
#healingsouthafrica is a campaign I began in December 2015 aimed at focusing on healing our beautiful South Africa and bringing light into the darkness. I believe that if we collectively start praying for grace, peace and love to fill our collective consciousness and every day being mindful of our thoughts and our language and how we treat each other and our Mother Earth - we can grow a healing revolution and Be the change we want to see in our country - Shalom, Salaam, Peace, Shanti.