Why did you choose to become a counsellor?
As I started studying Psychology during my undergrad, I gained an intense understanding of the science behind human behavior. This newfound knowledge brought about new perspective in my own life, providing valuable insights into myself and my actions. It was this personal transformation that sparked a deep interest in the field and inspired me to consider a path as a counselor. A realization that education about mental health could empower individuals to foster their personal development, manage unpleasant thoughts and emotions, break free from harmful habits, and overcome self-sabotaging behaviors motivated me even further. I strongly believe that if people are equipped with the necessary skills to cope with these concerns, they can develop better resilience to cope with stress.
What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
Creating a secure environment where clients feel heard, validated, and show empathy towards themselves excites me. Witnessing clients exploring the depths of their emotions and experiences fills me with satisfaction as a therapist.
What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
In the initial session, my foremost priority is to establish a safe and attentive space where the client feels genuinely heard and supported in overcoming any resistance they may have. Additionally, I provide free consultation calls to clients, aiming to help them gain a better understanding of the therapeutic process and address any questions or concerns they may have about therapy. Also, to evaluate whether therapist-client are good fit for each other.
What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?
Thinking about counseling as an option is the initial and crucial step towards healing. I understand this may be confusing and overwhelming experience for many. I recommend them to take advantage of consultation calls to learn about the therapeutic process directly from them. Feel free to connect with as many counselors as needed until you find the right fit and feel comfortable. Always keep in mind that therapy is a collaborative journey, providing a secure and supportive space for your personal growth and overall well-being.
Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.
In my counseling practice, I prioritize building a strong and supportive therapeutic relationship with my clients, drawing from the humanistic approach which is rooted in acceptance and respect for all individuals, guided by principles of mutual respect, ownership, and integrity. Trust is very important of the therapeutic journey, and I aim to create a safe and confidential space where clients can freely express themselves. I do wish to foster a collaborative dynamic with my clients, believing that they are experts in their own lives, and their input is invaluable in shaping the counseling process. Throughout the process, I encourage open communication, active listening and value the feedback provided by clients regularly, as it helps me understand their feelings about the therapy process and make any necessary adjustments. This two-way exchange of insights and perspectives strengthens our bond and ensures that our work aligns with their evolving needs and goals.
In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
Among the most valuable lessons I have learned as a counselor is the power of active listening and the significance of silence in the therapy room, it allows clients the space they need to process their emotions effectively. Additionally, I have also learned to appreciate the essence of human relationships and the importance of acknowledging even the smallest changes in my clients’ lives. These learnings have not only enhanced my skills as a counselor but have also contributed significantly to my personal and professional growth.
What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
My passion towards my work, empathy towards humans and constant learnings are few things that I value and appreciate as a counselor, and which also grounds me as a person.
What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
Reading books, watching new shows or movies, going for walks or long drives and sleeping. Lately, I have been exploring my interests in different forms of art.
What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?
I work with children, adolescents and young adults (below 45yrs old) to address emotional and behavioral concerns. I have worked with anxiety, depression, OCD, childhood trauma, grief counseling, sleep issues, psychosomatic concerns, anger management, body image related issues, interpersonal relationships, work-life balance, relationship issues, self-esteem building and family therapy.
What is the therapeutic approach you use? How would you describe it to someone who wants to consult you for therapy?
I use an “eclectic approach” which is based on different type of theories, this allows the client to decide the pace of the sessions, placing their needs and preferences at the forefront. I work from a trauma-informed perspective, therefore recognizing and acknowledging the past traumatic experiences in their lives which involves identifying triggers, exploring coping strategies, and empowering clients to regulate emotions, and a sense of security. Furthermore, I take into account the social and environmental factors that may influence their well-being and tailor my therapeutic approach accordingly.
How do you make your therapeutic practice a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx?
I do believe that all clients have the right to mental health support and access mental health services regardless of their gender and sex and the therapy practice should be affirmative and inclusive by its nature. To ensure that I do check with my clients the pronouns they prefer, staying updated with knowledge and events about LGBTQIA++ community, and providing confidential and safe space for free expressions is how I try to create safe space. But my approach and techniques during sessions remains same for all the clients.
The Quote Aaushi Resonates With
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change