Why did you choose to become a therapist?
I grew up as an introvert and loner with a troubled childhood. One day, a TV show led to a fascination with human behaviour. Soon, it became a full-blown obsession as I enjoyed dissecting the intricately layered characters in this story of life. As an innately curious and intuitive person, I discovered my love for all things abstract and complex, with a passion for problem-solving. And there's nothing more abstract and complex than human behaviour. Strangely, the journey of trying to understand people helped me understand myself better. During my turbulent teenage years, I visited a therapist. Through my personal experiences in therapy, I noticed the acute absence of safe spaces for individuals to explore themselves and the world around them. I realised the importance of having a safe space and its wonders. Hence, as a mental health professional, I envision creating more safe spaces for individuals to safely express, explore, and grow.
What would you like to tell a client who comes to you for therapy?
Congratulations on taking a step towards good mental health. You are not alone. The presence of an illness is not mandatory to visit a therapist. I emphasise the importance of a safe space for the growth and development of individuals. Hence, we shall go through the highs and lows of this inner journey together. I prioritise the holistic well-being of an individual and find that facilitating their journey from where they are and where they would like to be is deeply gratifying. I will do my best to listen to your concerns, not just with an empathetic ear but with the compassion and genuineness required to bring about a positive and sustainable change.
What does a first session with you look like?
As a mental health professional, I deeply resonate with the need to increase awareness around mental health. Thus, I believe in demystifying therapy and introducing individuals to a positive first experience. The first session is centred around getting to know the client better - their story, concerns, hopes, and expectations from our time together.
What has been an important learning of being a therapist?
Healing is not a linear curve that only goes up. It is also a topsy turvy, loopy mess. Take baby steps, be kind and patient with yourself. You are the hero and the villain of your own story...let that sink in.
Can you share a quote that resonates with you?
"The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well" ~ Alfred Adler