Why did you choose to become a therapist?
I have always found being a therapist to be a purposeful profession. I wanted to help others and make a difference and felt that my professional skills and personal qualities are a good match to do that.
What would you like to tell a client who comes to you for therapy?
I would start by appreciating the client’s decision to seek help. I would talk about how therapy is different from a normal conversation they may have with a friend or a family member, assuring them about the safety and confidentiality of what they share, and aim to make them comfortable for opening up in the therapeutic setting. I would also talk about my qualifications and competencies and whether or not they match the client’s requirements.
What does a first session with you look like?
In the first session, I focus on creating a comfortable environment for the client through empathetic listening, to support them in feeling at ease about opening up. Furthermore, the goal is to instil hope through a structured and constructive conversation in the first session.
What has been an important learning of being a therapist?
Being a therapist has taught me that change is always possible and how well are people facing their challenges on their own. It has also taught me the importance of making intentional choices.
Can you share a quote that resonates with you?
You are not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax, master the day. Then just keep doing it every day.