Shoba Aiyar

Shoba is a graduate of the Madras School of Social Work. Upon graduation, she worked for a few years with children and families in troubled areas of Singapore. Her journey continued in Malaysia and ranged from preschool programmes to disability work with greater focus on counselling abused women in shelter. Her experience ranges from case work, group work and community work with different groups of women, children and marginalised communities. This included giving talks on abuse, safety, crisis management, gender and mental health issues. During these past 15 years she has written up several guides on surviving with abuse, running a shelter, managing a helpline, para-counselling skills and reproductive choices for pregnant women.

To develop her helping skills, she went on to do her Masters in Counselling at the University of Malaya and graduated in 2005. She is a registered Counsellor with the Malaysia Counsellor Board.

Seeing the trend of mental health issues, Shoba increased her skills in coaching to reach out to a wider spectrum of society. She graduated from Corporate Coach Malaysia in 2010 after which she expanded her scope to include life coaching. She has helped many of her clients to cope with work life balances, managing stress and exploring life choices.

Shoba has extended her interests in child advocacy and child rights in the form of training telephone counsellors with techniques and methods to speak with children and teenagers on various issues. These issues include problems encountered by teenagers, mental health concerns, boy-girl relationships and family life.

A strong advocate of women and children’s issues, Shoba is an active member of the Malaysian Association of Social Workers and Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia.

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