Why did you choose to become a therapist?
My journey in psychology was a result of interest and curiosity regarding my own self and about the diverse reactions, I witnessed people had in reaction to a similar situation. Since then, it has instilled the belief in me that no reaction in effect to a situation is ever right or wrong and consolidated in me a leaning towards giving utmost importance to the individual's own meaning-making regarding a phenomenon he or she faces. I found myself to have a bend towards understanding deeply emotional experiences of individuals while also holding an objective standpoint when called upon to present my own opinion.
Witnessing the people I was surrounded by open up to me about their experiences gave me immense satisfaction and further strengthened my choice of becoming a therapist to be contributive to the best of my ability.
What would you like to tell a client who comes to you for therapy?
As a therapist, I believe the individual to be the best judge about their life situations. I see my role to be that of a supportive pillar, which can be the foundation of a relationship where the individual coming for therapy would find a safe, non-judgmental, and patient space to explore themselves and gain insights along the gradual process of therapy to reach their most authentic self. I believe seeking therapy is an act of courage as much as it is one of self-care and commend anyone who takes this step.
My approach to therapy combines techniques from narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based practices keeping a base of a client-centered approach as the foundation for my therapeutic relationship with a client.
What does a first session with you look like?
I dedicate the first session towards beginning to form a relationship of trust and collaboration with my clients. Taking a non directive approach, I try to understand the client's narrative and their reasons for approaching therapy. I encorage the client to talk about their own perception of therapy and if needed may clarify any doubts or misconceptions they may have, including answering any questions regarding my qualifications and method of working, as well as the client's own duties and rights as someone taking therapy.
What has been an important learning of being a therapist?
My most significant learning throughout my experience as a therapist has been the immense capacity of the emotion of love and positive regard towards bringing about awareness, authenticity and a strive towards the best version of self. Being a therapist has brought about a deep self awareness in myself and this awareness has led me to being much more present, compassionate and understanding regarding even the negative emotions and experiences of my own self as well as others around me.
Can you share a quote that resonates with you?
"If we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and only answer."
- Albert Einstein, The universal force of Love