Type: Therapist, Therapy, Psychologist :
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Farah (She/They) is a mental health therapist from Bengaluru who practices online.

Farah is 26 years old, with at least 1 year of experience.

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  • Practicing Since: 1 year
  • Appointments Via: Email, WhatsApp
  • City: Bengaluru
  • Medium:
    • 🌐 Online
  • Qualifications:
    • M.A. In Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  • Additional Qualifications:
    • Year Long Training in Narrative Therapy by Ummeed
    • Queer Affirmative Counselling Program by MHI
    • Introduction to Couples Therapy by Pause for Perspective
    • Neurodiversity Affirming Play Therapy by AutPlay
    • Traumatic Stress Studies Certificate by Trauma Research Foundation
  • Languages Known: English, and Hindi (English might be their primary language for therapy)
  • Hourly Fee (₹): 1,350 - 1,800
  • Payments Via: Bank Transfer, UPI/Google Pay
  • Available On: Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Notes: Fee for NRIs: 3500 INR.
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  • Why did you choose to become a counsellor?
    Being a therapist has always been more than a career choice to me. As a young Queer teenager, seeking mental health support, I wish I had access to professionals who understood my needs and unique circumstances. As a novice therapist, many of my efforts were training myself to become the kind of therapist I had needed. Over the years, I’ve grown to realise that each client is unique and so are their needs from therapy. I’ve learned to hold space in different ways and mould my approach into what each individual needs from the therapy space.
  • What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
    The beauty of being a therapist is that no two sessions are ever the same. The therapy space is co-created and made anew each time. Being a therapist is a process of endless growth and learning - not only about therapy and psychology, but also about myself. I also believe that being allowed to see through a window into people’s lives to witness and honour their stories is an immense privilege.
  • What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
    I would hope for my client to have a sense of what our upcoming sessions would feel like, a clearer understanding of the concerns they’d like to work on and of course, to feel understood and supported by me. I would hope for them to have clarified any doubts, hesitations or reservations they may have had about therapy.
  • What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?
    I think the first thing that comes to mind is that therapy is a slow, gradual and collaborative process. The changes and shifts that happen about through their journey in therapy may even go unnoticed by a client initially. This is because some of our patterns have developed for many, many years. This doesn’t mean therapy is ineffective or that movement isn’t happening. I’d like to invite people in to the therapy space with patience, gentleness and curiosity towards themselves and their inner landscape.
  • Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.
    I hope to build a trusting, collaborative and respectful relationship with my clients. In addition to my other therapeutic modalities, I also believe in being non-directive and client-centered in my approach. This means that my client’s needs and requirements are always at the center of our conversations. My clients choose what we speak about and I ensure I make it clear to my clients that they are free to decline to answer any of my questions and take things at their own pace.
  • In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
    The greatest learning from my clients has been that people are always responding to their problems, finding ways to cope and taking steps toward preferred ways of being. I’ve also learned many unique skills my clients have in caring for themselves and their communities.
  • What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
    Something I really value about myself as a counselor is that I bring my personhood and politics into the therapy space with me. This means that therapy is also political, it involves an element of activism for me. Bringing systems of oppression to client’s notice is an integral part of my work. Other strengths I value include my respect and curiosity about clients and their inner landscape.
  • What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
    In my free time, I alternate between reading literature about intersectional mental health and watching the cringiest reality t.v. I can find on the internet. My other interests include writing and painting. In case I am doing none of the above, I am likely plotting how to queer everything or demanding affection from reluctant cats.
  • What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?

    I work with a broad range of concerns, which include but are not limited to trauma, couples work, abuse, relationships, identity exploration, grief, anxiety, depression and stress.

    I work with all populations, but I have received specialised training in working with couples, the LGBT community, neurodivergent folks and people who are disabled or experiencing chronic illness.

  • What is the therapeutic approach you use? How would you describe it to someone who wants to consult you for therapy?

    I use a narrative, strengths-based approach to therapy and deeply believe that ’the person is not the problem’. This means that we’ll also be exploring coping skills, strengths and hopes of my clients in our conversations. Narrative therapy is also political, because it explores the ways in which oppressive systems contribute to our problems.

    I also use an trauma-focused approach called Internal Family Systems, which holds that we each have ‘parts’ of ourselves which interact with eachother. Parts work involves developing a deeper understanding of parts of ourselves. It is, in part the process of developing compassion and curiosity toward these parts.

    Finally, I also bring a relational framework to the therapy spaces where I explore the relationship between myself and the client and frequently check-in with my clients about the dynamic between us.

    I use these approaches with couples and individuals both. For my couples sessions, I also draw from the work of Gottman and Esther Perel.

  • How do you make your therapeutic practice a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx?

    As someone who is queer myself, I strive to make the therapeutic space safe for other members of the LGBT+ community. The word ‘queer affirmative’ has become a bit of a buzzword in mental health circles, but when I say I am an affirmative practitioner, here are some things you can expect from our sessions together - I don’t assume people’s gender or sexuality and recognise them as fluid, evolving constructs.

    Beyond condemning queer-negativity, I actively support and even celebrate my client’s Queerness and am often curious about how it may interact with their other identities and experiences. I recognise that queer peoples mental health is affected by harmful normative systems and take note of any current socio-political issues which are affecting the Queer community. The Queer community is diverse and not monolithic, so I am committed to continuing to learn and grow as a queer affirmative professional.

  • The Quote Farah Resonates With

    The core of our therapeutic work lies in the shedding of internalised oppression, sexism and victimisation

    Savneet Talwar

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