Shreya Makhija

B.A, M.A

My interest in mental health began from my school days and has only increased over time. I have completed my Master's in Applied Psychology (Clinical and Counselling Practice) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and have experience in working with children, adolescents and parents throug...

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Shreya offers therapy in

Anxiety
Stress
Negative Thinking
Overthinking
Self Esteem Issues

Expert in Metal Health of Young Adults
Treatment Methods: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Narrative Therapy
Speaks English, Hindi
1+ years of experience
Available on live, voice, and chat
300+ hours in therapy

Thoughts my clients are struggling with

I'm emotionally drained
I feel short of breath
I can't let go of negative thoughts
Overthinking exhausts me
I'm not good enough

Affiliations

Consultant Psychologist at Amaha from Jun 2021 to present

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

A counsellor back in school held weekly classes with us on self-confidence, stress management, motivation, time management, etc. She believed that these skills were far more necessary for self-development than academics ever would be. I chose to become a therapist resonating with this belief and aiming to help individuals develop self-awareness, self-care and self-compassion; and use these as skills to excel in other avenues of life. When I formally pursued academically, the more I studied about the subject, the more curious and passionate I became. I am an enthusiastic learner, as a field psychology requires constant skill development, research and awareness of theories which I enjoy thouroughly. This too played an important role in my decision to become a therapist.

What would you like to tell a client who comes to you for therapy?

I value my client's mental health and acknowledge their experiences. They can expect a safe space to collaborate and build on their strengths and skill reservoir. Although therapy may take time and may not always be comfortable, I will be supportive, non-judgemental and accepting of them. I want to help them develop healthier and more sustainable changes in the way they manage their thoughts, feelings and behaviours which can be practiced both in and outside of the therapy settings. I strongly believe, while I may be more knowledgeable about the field, the client is the expert of their lives. My aim, through therapy, is to help use this joint expertise for mental well-being and self-growth through discussions, feedback and evidence-based techniques, tailored to their needs.

What does a first session with you look like?

As a therapist, I prefer focusing on building a relationship and rapport with my client in the first session. I want to get to know the client as a person and not only through the concern they have come to see me for. I provide process-related information about therapy like confidentiality and its limits, set a few boundaries and discuss the frequency and duration of sessions. I like to briefly talk about what brought the client to therapy, their context and past history. I also try to understand what the client expects from therapy, if they have any outcome goals in mind and any other questions or apprehensions they may have about me or the process.

What has been an important learning of being a therapist?

One of the most important learning for me has been the importance of the context of the client. The client does not exist as a single entity, there are multiple systems and forces often beyond their control, which they fall prey to. These macro systems need to be acknowledged and provided space for discussion, in therapy. At the same time, acknowleding my own privilege, biases and blindspots is important. Another learning is that therapy is a continual learning process, for both myself and my client. I may not know everything or be able to work with all kinds of concerns and that is alright.

Can you share a quote that resonates with you?

“I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It's all a question of how I view my life.” - Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes


₹425 for 30 mins | next slot on 28 Jun