Why did you choose to become a therapist?
I am inclined to understand human behaviour. The way our mind functions has always fascinated me. I learnt through my academic journey that through the right resources, training, qualifications, kindness, compassion, empathy, and ethics, I can be of use to my clients for their self-development. My urge to fulfill this goal drove me to be a therapist. The satisfaction of self-development, introspection, and growth that I have perceived through providing therapy to others never fails to mesmerise me. Therapy gave me the channel to extend my innate empathy to others in the world.
What would you like to tell a client who comes to you for therapy?
Congratulations! You have already crossed the first step towards self-healing. Although it might seem overwhelming or scary to seek therapy, I want you to know that you are not alone in this. Therapy with me would be providing you with a non-judgemental, empathetic, and safe space where you can be open about who you are and share your concerns.
If you are confused about what therapy means, in simpler words - therapy is a professional help given by a mental health practitioner to help you help yourself.
What does a first session with you look like?
A first session with me would include understanding you and your concerns. My aim would be to offer you a comfortable and empathetic space to open up and share your history at your convenience. We would also dive into understanding your history at your pace and comfort. I would also like us to discuss and explore your expectations and goals from therapy.
What has been an important learning of being a therapist?
The most important learning of being a therapist has been acknowledging the impact of empathy and compassion on clients’ mental health. Clients might come with fear and a sense of vulnerability to therapy. However, the most crucial learning is to have a presence of non-judgement, empathy, and authenticity towards them. Not only has it encouraged me to develop safe space for my clients but also for my self-development and growth.
Can you share a quote that resonates with you?
“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength”