Meet The Team
Founder - Director
A Psychologist and Arts Based Therapist, Anubha completed her graduation in English Literature from the Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi. She is a double post graduate degree holder, and a scholarship holder in Clinical Psychology from Fergusson College, Pune University. She also has a masters degree in Communication Management from the Symbiosis Institute of Communication Management.
She is an associate member of the ADTA (American Dance Therapy Association) and CID (International Dance Council) France. She is on the advisory board as well as training faculty of CMTAI and is the Editor of CMTAI’s online Indian Magazine of Dance/Movement therapy. She is on the Board of studies of the Psychology department, St. Miras College for Girls, Pune.
Her practice is unique as she explores the connection between DMT and Mindfulness, born out of her study of the Buddhist psychology at the Pune University. She pursued the Presence Oriented Psychotherapy under Just Being, furthering her work with Mindfulness. She is also working on a book which talks about developing spiritual, emotional and intelligence quotients in children from birth, alongside conducting parenting workshops at centers for children.
Her dream to have all the arts under one roof is what led her to establish Artsphere and Soulsphere, a unique arts and healing centre in Pune where performing arts and therapy co-exist under the same roof.
Karishma, a dancer and Reiki practitioner, is a graduate in Applied Psychology from Delhi University and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Pune University. She has been learning and performing dance since the age of 4 and has received training in various dance forms such as Bharatanatyam, Ballet, Contemporary, Folk and Belly Dance.
Along with ensuring the overall smooth functioning of Artsphere, she continues to choreograph and perform regularly at events and festivals along with practicing dance movement therapy. Her recent performances include those at the British Library, in Pune and at the PEN@Prithvi at the Prithvi Theater in Mumbai.
She incorporates her practice of Yoga and body awareness and knowledge of anatomy in her own practices as well as classes she conducts.
Director - Soulsphere
Akshata Parekh is a Counsellor and an Expressive Arts Therapy practitioner. She is presently working as the Director of Soulsphere in Pune. She is an expressive arts therapy practitioner with the Muktangan Rehabilitation Centre and with Taal Inc. Art Talks. She is also a drum circle facilitator at Taal Inc., a consulting mental health professional at Tavisca Solutions Pvt. Ltd, and a dance teacher at Carnations Pre-school. She is pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Psychology: Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University (Boston). She has completed courses in Dance Movement therapy, Visual Art therapy and NLP, in India. She is a certified ‘Rhythm-to-recovery’ facilitator (a program using rhythm in therapeutic settings).
With a constant thirst for learning and exploration, she volunteered for the Franciscan Life Process Center, Music Settlement and Ronald McDonald House in the USA. She has been in the field of expressive arts for over 5 years. Additionally, she leads various expressive arts groups as a part of psychology training programs at Fergusson college and LAHI. She has worked extensively with special needs populations. With a love for dance, and training in Bharatnatyam, semi-classical and contemporary dance, she went on to study West African Dance and has performed nationally and internationally.
She is highly enthusiastic & energetic. She brings with her into every session boundless energy, enthusiasm, smiles and endless zest. She believes in the power of arts for health and well-being and her passion is to spread awareness of the same and make it reach as many people as possible.
Manager - Finance
Amit Khandare is a B.E. (Production) with over 9 years of experience in the BNFS domain. With a keen interest in expanding his horizons, he also handles the Ashraya Project at Artsphere along with taking care of the financial aspects.
Manager - Studio Operations
Atul Prabhale is an Aikido and Reiki practitioner with a deep interest in meditation and self-work. Recently he finished his diploma course in Mahayana Buddhist Psychology from the Pune University. In the past, he has worked at the IDBI Bank as a Senior Development Officer as a Research Associate at the American Home Mortgage Co..
He was the Course Manager at the Vipassana Center, Markal, and also did voluntary service, apart from completing a 20-day long Vipassana Meditation Course at Shrawasti in Luknow. He has conducted meditations like 'MITRA Upakram - Mind in Training Right Awareness Workshops' with over 40,000 children from schools in Pune, with the MITRA Upakram team. He is a regular practitioner of meditation and would like to conduct meditation courses for adults & children.