Type: Therapist, Therapy, Psychologist :
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Jeni (She/Her) is a mental health therapist from Mumbai who practices online.

Jeni is 26 years old, with at least 3 years of experience.

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  • Practicing Since: 3 years
  • Appointments Via: Phone Call, Email, WhatsApp
  • City: Mumbai
  • Medium:
    • 🌐 Online
  • Qualifications:
    • MA clinical Psychology
  • Additional Qualifications:
    • Queer Affirmative Counselling Practice, MHI, Oct 2021
    • 30 Hours of Training for Transactional Analysis With Gestalt Work, June 2020
  • Languages Known: English, and Hindi (English might be their primary language for therapy)
  • Hourly Fee (₹): 1,800 - 2,000
  • Payments Via: Bank Transfer, PayTM & Online Wallets, UPI/Google Pay
  • Available On: Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Notes: Sliding scale for students (limited slots)- 1200-1500. Fees for NRIs- 2200-2500.
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  • Why did you choose to become a counsellor?
    I have always been curious about everything that humans do, why we think or behave in a certain way, and where the difference in the behaviour comes from. Psychology answered all these questions for me as I stumbled upon the subject in college. Gradually, it helped me understand all the nuances of human functioning which further facilitated self-awareness. Becoming a counsellor meant helping other individuals in their journey to self-discovery by understanding more about their patterns, copings, emotions, and bodies.
  • What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
    What excites me the most about my work is being able to play a role as a catalyst in the client’s life and journey of working on themselves. Being able to witness and contribute in some ways gives me immense satisfaction.
  • What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
    In the first session, the focus is to build rapport with the client and to gauge whether we are the perfect fit for each other for this process. The aim is to make the clients feel safe, heard, and comfortable in that space, where we explore their expectations and needs from the process and discuss the nature of this process, followed by identifying the concerns and setting the goals and pace collaboratively.
  • What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?
    I often tell my clients that therapy is not necessarily about fixing themselves or their problems; rather, it’s a space where they can feel their emotions, process their thoughts, and just be with themselves. They are an expert of their own selves. Therapy is a process of self-exploration and getting in touch with all their parts, where a lot of unlearning, and relearning of various aspects about themselves takes place.
  • Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.
    I see therapy as a space where the client and I, we collaboratively build a toolbox full of resources and whenever the need arises, the client can use a particular tool to manage themselves in various adversities. We identify the challenges and concerns that they would like to address, prioritise them and set goals accordingly.
  • In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
    The most important learning for me is that therapy is not limited to just working on the concerns but also acknowledging the strengths and skills that one possesses. As humans, we are resilient in our own ways and it’s important to not lose sight of that. Each client helps me grow as a professional and a person in various different ways and hence, I consider this space of therapy as a constant exchange of giving and receiving.
  • What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
    I view therapy as a space of giving and receiving which allows the room for constant unlearning and learning for both me and the client.
  • What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
    I like reading, travelling, painting and cooking in my free time.
  • What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?
    I work with individuals facing various concerns like anxiety, stress, self-image concerns, loss and grief, trauma, sexuality, work-life concerns, academic concerns, etc. I mainly work with young adults (18-30 years of age)
  • What is the therapeutic approach you use? How would you describe it to someone who wants to consult you for therapy?
    I take a psychosocial, systemic, and rights-based approach to address the concerns brought by the clients in the therapeutic space. My eclectic approach helps in catering to each client’s individual therapeutic needs through trauma and queer affirmative lens, where we identify the role of the systems that they are a part of and how that impacts their well-being, and what role do they play in their own journey. Collaboratively, we identify their internal strengths and resources to navigate their various life challenges psychological social, cultural context. Lastly, we focus on holistic well-being, which means that we engage with our emotions, thoughts and bodies throughout this process.
  • How do you make your therapeutic practice a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx?
    I have received a training in Queer Affirmative Counselling Practice. I have also had the opportunity of working with queer clients. I ensure that I use inclusive language, ask for pronouns and state mine, as well as educate myself on queer and trans* people’s experiences and concerns. I make sure that I am not only engaging in learning and educating myself with the required resources and and training materials but also unlearning various aspects that have been exposed to. The goal is to understand and create a safe space for the lived experiences that the clients come with.
  • The Quote Jeni Resonates With

    You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them

    Maya Angelou

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