I have always gravitated towards a rights-based approach to counseling because like our fundamental rights, mental health too is a space that should be accessible, available, and empowering. And to incorporate that in my practice, I like to curate an environment that is genuine, warm, and growth centric. The focus is on creating a mutual space where the clients are assisted and affirmed to be their own validation, so that they can then tap on their innate capacity to determine, heal, and grow.
Her Thoughts on Counseling
Counseling is a space that listens, understands, and unconditionally accepts the individual. A nurturing environment which enables the individual to unfurl the said and unsaid stories of their life. An honest exploration of which helps them to understand their own emotions, thoughts, and behavioural patterns better. It is an informed practice that paves the way for awareness, wholesomeness, and a constant hope that it never hurts to keep looking for sunshine within oneself.
Why I Chose Counseling?
Why are tears and smiles two different reactions to a similar stimulus? Are fears innate or learnt? Why is behaviour supposed to be culture bound? Are dreams in sync with reality? Are babies’ learners or learned? Why is acceptance easy for some and difficult for others? These questions kept me intrigued as a child and the urge to understand them made me channelize my curiosity into my choice of psychology and thence, counseling. What kept me going was the ability that counseling imparts to view and accept different realities of the same experience. It enabled me to see an individual for who they actually are and not as their problems and concerns. And this very realization has kept me rooted to the field, because it is beautiful to meet the ‘You’ that you truly are.
Over the years I have developed an eclectic approach to therapy as it allows the process to be unique and client specific and thereby, ensures that their rights and choices are respected. My approach, however, is often dominated by the tenets of Person- centred approach, Existential school of thought, Gestalt therapy, Narrative therapy, and Rational-emotive behaviour therapy.
Concerns Close To My Heart
Depression, anxiety, and stress-related concerns, thought rumination, concerns related to lack of motivation and certainty, inability to express authentic emotions, work-life balance, and concerns related to self- care are some of the areas which align with my skill set and interest.
How I Handle Stress
"…Genius is about knowing when to stop…" This is my go-to mantra when I am stressed. I pause and ground myself in the here and now with some music and a cup of warm beverage. I sit with myself, and then I either talk or write to vent out and explore the cause of my stress. A perfect mixture of reflection and some quality time with self and loved ones is my way to de-stress.