Why did you choose to become a therapist?
Ever since I was a child, I have had a keen interest in the life stories of those around me and been fascinated by human behaviour. I am curious about what makes people behave the way they do. With time, I naturally gravitated towards psychology and mental health as a profession when I was introduced to the subject in college. For me, being able to accompany people on their journey of self-compassion, positive change and emotional well-being is a privilege and an honour.
What would you like to tell a client who comes to you for therapy?
Clients can expect an open, non-judgemental space where they explore and experience their emotions. Therapy with me means having someone with a patient ear who is genuinely interested and motivated in helping them learn how to tackle obstacles and live their most authentic self. I believe that all emotions - big and small should be experienced. I also believe that our thoughts govern our actions so, therapy with me would also mean spending time trying to understand thoughts, identifying unhealthy patterns and replacing them with a healthier alternative.
What does a first session with you look like?
In the first sessions, my focus is on trying to understand the client's experiences and lifestory; and gain a deeper understanding into the various factors that have contributed to their current concern. I collaborate with the client to understand their unique goals from therapy and also how therapy would apply to their concern. I also make it a point to encourage questions from the client so as to clarify any doubts or apprehensions they may have about the therapy process.
What has been an important learning of being a therapist?
The first learning as a therapist is realising the sheer power of simply being able to speak about your concerns with a non-judgemental and empathetic other. That one conversation may not resolve the problem but the knowledge that 'someone is willing to listen to me' can make all the difference. The second learning has been the value of introspection and self-compassion. I've grown more aware of my own emotions and unhelpful thoughts; and this helps me empathise with my own clients in a more authentic way.
Can you share a quote that resonates with you?
“The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”
- Diane Von Furstenberg