I have always been passionate of psychology and wanted to pursue a helping profession. My own struggles with mental health and the desire to understand them and help others around me to do the same is one of the reasons why I chose to become a counsellor. I think we all harbour a desire to be seen, felt and understood, and I want to create that space for my clients.
As a relational practitioner, what excites me the most about my work is the ability to form therapeutic relationships that allow the clients to bring themselves fully in the therapeutic space. As vulnerability is a big part of the process, I aim to create a safe space for my clients to do so.
I always conduct an intake call with my clients, prior to initiating the therapy process. This is to understand the context of their experiences and also to inform them about their rights in the therapeutic space. Additionally, this also helps me resolve any doubts or apprehensions they may have about the process.
I encourage my clients to bring up any emotional and relational feelings that might arise during the process. This allows me to tune into their inner selves and also allows me to understand where they are coming from/ what therapy brings up for them!
I value my strength to be genuine and emotionally honest with my clients. My personhood is an important part of the relational work that I do in my therapeutic space. It allows me to empathize with and care for my clients and show up for them in ways that the may need me to.
Gender and Sexuality, Interpersonal and Relationship Concerns, Body and Self Image, Mental health concerns like Anxiety and Depression and Neurodivergence. I work with young adults starting ages 16 and up and with adults of all age groups.
My approach to therapy is very emotion oriented and depth focused. While working on immediate concerns and finding solutions is indeed important, my working experience has made me realize that it is important to understand the root cause of our distress and where it is coming from. This can range from childhood experiences and self-beliefs to socio-cultural and eco-political context of one’s life. As insight-oriented and intrinsically motivated change is always more sustainable and effective. My aim is to enable my clients to explore their inner self and build self-capacity to be able to deal with their concerns.
As a queer person myself, I strive to creative a safe and accepting space for people of all spectrums of gender and sexuality. I have formal training In Queer Affirmative Counseling Practices. My lived experience as a queer person and a member of the community also serve as a guide to the affirmative practices that I adopt in my approach.
The Quote Ketaki Resonates With
It takes courage to be kind, even more so, to be kind to yourself.
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