Shruti Rajan Kappil

M.Sc, M.Phil

My love for psychology began a decade ago, and I still strive to learn and understand more about the way our minds work. I completed my M.Sc from Christ University and M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from Manipal University. I have been a licensed Clinical Psychologist since 2018. I am passionate abou...

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Shruti offers therapy in

Anxiety
Depression
Addiction
Anger
Negative Thinking
Sleep Disturbances
Bipolar Affective Disorder
OCD

Expert in Young Adult Issues, Personality Disorders
Treatment Methods: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Speaks English, Malayalam
5+ years of experience
Available on live, voice, and chat
3000+ hours in therapy

Thoughts my clients are struggling with

I'm losing control
My loss still hurts every day
I can't sleep even when I'm tired
I can't let go of negative thoughts
There's constant chatter in my mind
I feel like I'm exploding

Affiliations

Senior Consultant Psychologist at Amaha from Jul 2021 to present
Assistant Professor at St. Agnes Center for Post Graduate Studies and Research from Nov 2018 to Jun 2021
Clinical Psychologist at Adhit Kiran Neuropsychiatry Clinic from Nov 2018 to Jun 2021
M.Phil Scholar at SOAHS, Manipal from Aug 2016 to Jul 2018

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

Growing up around people working in the mental health space, sensitivity to psychological issues was inculcated in me from a young age. However, it became a career option only when I encountered abnormal psychology in my undergraduation. I was drawn to it to the extent of altering my academic plan to pursue this field. I realised that the sensitivity that I had the chance to learn was not so common, which further led me to search for a way to contribute to mental health awareness. I found immense gratification and growth during my training, both personally and professionally. It gave me insight into myself, showed different pathways to healing and encouraged me to share this with people looking for help and hope.

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

I see therapy as a space where the client can safely discuss feelings of being stuck, overwhelming emotions or difficult thoughts. I help them work with these issues in a collaborative, empowering and non-judgemental way. I believe that no problem is too small for therapy if we focus on workability. I work from a cognitive lens of therapy. Starting with understanding the client's way of thinking and perceiving, I identify the causes of distress together with the client. I help them modify these factors by trying out new and adaptive ways of thinking and experiencing life. My goal, as a therapist, is to foster independence in the client so they can manage their concerns effectively.

What does a first session with you look like?

In the first session, I gather a brief overview of the presenting problem- when it began, what triggered it and how it is affecting the client presently. I clarify diagnostic features, form a working hypothesis about the issue and try to chart out how therapy would typically progress. I prefer starting work on the concern immediately, beginning with providing information to the client for better clarity. I believe that the client's understanding of various options for treatment is essential for them to make informed choices. I take an in-depth history over the course of the next few sessions; and modify our hypothesis and treatment plan if and when relevant information is uncovered.

What has been an important learning of being a therapist?

The most important lesson I have learnt is that all psychological difficulties are not often visible on the cover; or even two or three pages into the book. People can uncover or develop mental health difficulties at any time and that's normal. Therapy has taught me to be more hopeful and resilient towards this reality. I have learnt not to make blind assumptions about anything and I too am constantly learning to be a more flexible person.

Can you share a quote that resonates with you?

"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - J.K. Rowling


₹750 for 30 mins | next slot on 29 Jun