My personal journey of navigating anxiety, loss and trauma in childhood led me to pursue psychology so that I could learn skills to reach out to those who would require professional support and services. Also, I love social sciences and believed this is a career option for me as I had the aptitude, the will and passion to explore this field.
Each conversation with my clients (irrespective of their age, gender, status, occupation etc) invites me to a space that is theirs, a special world that is lived and built with so much love, perseverance, resilience, hardwork etc.by them. To be able to witness their stories and support them in their journey of navigating various concerns that they might be facing helps me to rely on to the agency and hope that I hold on to very dearly in all my conversations with my clients. And to discover this agency and make visible the enormous skills that each one of us have and in collaboration with my clients gives me a lot of love and excitement 😊
After my first session, I hope that clients can hold on to hope - hope that this is a journey and a process which they have started for themselves and (they are not alone) it is a beautiful journey to discover their resilience, their grit, their vulnerabilities etc in the face of crisis, trauma or any other difficulties that they are facing.
I encourage my clients to ask any questions they have before setting an appointment with me. Questions around my way of working, my experience, my qualifications etc. Also to understand how fees work and seek any clarity regarding the same.
For me counselling relationship is extremely important and sacred in many ways. It’s a privilege to enter somebody else’s world and explore their journey. I feel that it is extremely important to establish an equal relationship where there is honesty and shared accountability for the process. I do this mainly by asking many curious questions and inviting the clients to share their meaning making as well.
That we are definitely not the problems we are experiencing and it is so important to understand the various factors that lead us to experience our problems. Also kindness and compassion to our own selves can go a long long way in dealing with difficulties.
I work with children as well as adults.
I work with people experiencing anxiety, trauma, grief, domestic violence, depression, relationship issues , midlife crisis etc.
With children I have experience of working with children and families experiencing developmental disabilities and other emotional and behavioral concerns.
I invite people to explore their meaning making and understanding of the concerns they are experiencing. I ask many reflective questions that help us to notice and make visible their sense of agency, their knowledges and understandings of life etc.
I also share my understanding of the concerns from different perspectives including the biological, social, political, cultural perspective.
I have an integrative way of working.
Adhering to confidentiality, checking with the client about their sense of comfort, inviting the clients for their meaning making and also reminding myself that I also could have biases and judgments that may come in the way of the process and allowing/encouraging the clients to point that out when that happens.
The Quote Bhavna Lalwani Resonates With
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
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