Hemanti Sikdar is a Child Psychologist and an Art Based Therapy practitioner. Mental health is her passion, and she believes in simple yet creative ways to bring about positive emotional, social, and cognitive changes in children and their families. As founder and director of the organization, she plays various roles. Sometimes you can see her as a therapist working with a child, other times, she is a trainer or a friend who just listens, sometimes a counselor but always a nurturing mother.
She has been working exclusively in the field of special needs and family counseling for over 10 years and has previously worked with Children First and Udayan Care. After a Bachelor in Psychology (Hons) from Delhi University, she pursued a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Amity University. She streamlined her focus to working extensively with children with her Post Graduation Diploma in Child Guidance and Counseling from NIPCCD and further specialized in Arts-Based therapy from WLCC. Hemanti has an “ instant connect” with any child who walks in. She is spontaneous, playful, intuitive, and compassionate when working with children. Her love and passion for working with children were the driving force for her to imagine, develop and establish a nurturing space that is Healing Nest Foundation.
Sagar is a Sailor by profession but a child at heart. His spontaneity to connect with children (including his own) helped him to develop an interest in the area of child development. He is the director of the Healing Nest Foundation. Sagar was inspired by Hemanti's love for the field of child development and mental health, due to which he, along with his wife, envisioned an organization like Healing Nest Foundation.
Sagar believes in the importance of spreading mental health awareness to even the smaller towns of the country and hopes that one-day Healing Nest Foundation will be reachable and approachable to everybody. He feels there is no end to learning and growing and to following one's dream.
Development milestones of a child (0-1 Year)
My experience and my child's experience at Healing Nest have been most rewarding! Hemanti is a dream come true for any parent with a special needs child. I have seen a sea change in my daughter. She has prepared her to be able to go to school happily. Love you, Hemanti and all the lovely mams... Keep up the good work!
After my son's ASD diagnosis at 1.9 yrs, I was looking for a therapy centre in my vicinity wherein my child's hidden potential could be recognized at an early age and harnessed accordingly. He was only able to speak two words then, but after about spending a quarter of a year at the therapy centre, he progressed from being echolalic to constructing simple, short sentences. He looks forward to coming here, even on weekends. All my queries have always been addressed. All issues of my ward are taken care of by the dedicated staff.
Periodic observation sessions and progress report discussions help the parents to become aware of their child's current status. It has been a great experience for me and my son to date. Special thanks to Hemanti and Sagar for bringing all the therapies under single roof.
My child joined Healing Nest when she was 2 yrs old. The kind of support and help she received there made a remarkable change in her development. All therapists are trained professionals who offer individual attention according to the child's needs and in a safe and secure environment. The team is accommodating and forever supportive. I am thankful to Hemanti and her team for helping my daughter in her development journey.