Ms. Barkha Bajaj is a trained psychologist with specialisation in trauma. She has worked with crisis help lines in the US for five years. She is the principal initiator of Aks Foundation. Barkha returned to India in 2008 after almost five years in the US, armed with her second Masters in Psychology and over four years of supervised experience in trauma and family therapy.
Barkha founded Aks Counselling and Training Agency in 2008 as Director and Lead Trainer. Aks started work in India by spreading awareness on socially relevant topics like Body, Body Image, Feelings and Anger Management in various schools and colleges in Pune. Simultaneously she started corporate training on very sensitive issues like preventing workplace violence and sexual harassment. Besides training the staff and workers of various corporate houses, she also conducted training for top level executives and sexual harassment committee boards of some MNCs in Pune. Soon her private practice gained popularity with her clientele growing in tandem with her social welfare campaigns. She was also selected as a visiting counsellor at Mercedes Benz International School, (MBIS) Pune and is now a full time psychologist with the School.
Barkha's passion and dream has been to build social awareness against sexual assault and sexual harassment and other such social vices involving violence and abuse. She has organized, and continues to organize events and activities that not only spread awareness but also raise funds for Aks Foundation. As of today, besides being the Executive Director of Aks Foundation, she has a private practice, does corporate training, undertakes voluntary work with victims / survivors of sexual abuse, and works as a psychologist with MBIS.
In 2009, Barkha was selected by Femina, Pune as one of the "Eleven Most Electrifying Women of Pune and in 2014 she was selected and felicitated as one of the twelve “Heroes of Pune” by Pune Mirror, a Times of India Publication.