She grew up with the insight that each had their strength and weakness, with no two people alike and that they could still accept the differences and co-exist harmoniously. Her early upbringing taught her to recognize ‘difference, dissimilarity and variation’ as contributing to diversity rather than disparity. The strong connection with relatives gave her the perception of family as a community group, sharing, providing and being provided for. Sampoorna, though city-bred, was privileged to enjoy country life during summer vacations at her paternal grandfather’s home. She was born and raised in Madras, now Chennai, where she continues to reside, in India.
Sampoorna is a sensitive therapist to clients who require remedial work. She is a perceptive life coach for those in search of personal growth and development. She is an experienced trainer for facilitators and workshop leaders. She is a caring teacher for students of psychology and counsellors who wish to hone their practical skills.Sampoorna has developed core techniques that have evolved through first hand interaction with her clients over close to three decades. Her expertise lies in her multi-modal approach where her keen perception and deep discerning ability come to the fore. Her approach is holistic, oriented towards well-being. The work is an amalgamation of techniques, methods and processes that are multi-disciplinary and bring together the best of the east and the west.
For example, a workshop may include some or all of the following – conventional methods such as psychotherapy, meditation, breathing, music, physical exercise; contemporary methods such as NLP, art, imagery, journaling, sound, movement, drama, laughter, nutrition; innovative methods such as gardening, play, silence, eating and story telling.With a vision to facilitate people to empower themselves, and identify and access the power within themselves, she has interacted with over 25,000 people across the world – with individuals, corporate employees, law enforcement staff and officers, education personnel, and the religious. Her clients and country visits are across the globe including USA, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, UK, Ireland, France, Sweden, Malaysia, Singapore, China, and other countries in Middle East and Asia. She provides her services in person; through telephone; online courses; and has special in-bound courses for client groups from other countries.
Sampoorna explores life and work through her creative expression – she writes articles and books, she lets stories flow as a stream of consciousness, she unites paints with canvas and she allows poetry to pen itself on paper.”Transformation! Story of a bird,” that Sampoorna authored is a self-help book with a story and a workbook, published by St. Paul’s Better yourself books. The true story she wrote “Miracle of the heart” was included in the book “Modern day miracles” by Louise Hay and friends, published by Hay House, USA. Several of her articles have been published in magazines for adults and children. Her article on Forgiveness was published by National Council of Guidance and Education, Ireland.
Thought cards, book marks – Sampoorna’s art is an integral part of her work as it features vividly in these inspired cards and book marks of affirmations.
CDs – The affirmations sung to music have impacted many lives. The unique guided journeys and visualisations carry her poetic expression into her work.
PRIOR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT
Doctorate in Applied Psychology. Thesis on “Impact of forgiveness intervention in fostering wellbeing”.Psycho-spiritual therapy and group work training as consultant to Evolution and Development, France.
Resource person for M.Sc Psychology, Institute of Correspondence education, University of Madras, Chennai, India.Psychological assessment on family dynamics in adoptive families, using projective techniques – A project with Indian Council for Child Welfare.
Psychometric testing – APAC consultants.Self-help column for Chatterbox, a children’s magazine and Eve’s touch, magazine on women.Behavior therapy to diagnose and modify maladaptive behavior and psycho-somatic disorders such as phobia, trauma, stammering, anxiety, depression, headache, joint pain, ulcer, allergy.Counseling and group process to facilitate healing and overcome loss, grief and separation anxiety.Personal, Marital and Family Counseling for harmonious living.Setting up a Home for women with HIV, providing shelter, counseling and vocational rehabilitation, as Trustee of Zonta Resource Center. The Home was the first with this objective to be established in South east Asia.
Paper on ‘Women’s Shelter-An integrated care model’, at the ‘International Conference on Care for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS’, co-sponsored by WHO, Red Cross and Red Crescent, at Montreal, Canada.
Identifying localities and organizing literacy programs for women, as trustee of Zonta resource center.Setting up and running a Short stay Home to rehabilitate women in distress as Executive Director of Aashraya.
Organizing a Pre and Post-operative Counseling program for cardiac patients at Pandalai Cardio-thoracic foundation.