Type: Therapist, Therapy, Psychologist :

Kuntal Vora (She/Her)

Kuntal (She/Her) is a mental health therapist from Mumbai who practices online.

Kuntal is 31 years old, with at least 9 years of experience.

Therapy Services:   Individual Therapy (For Everyone) Couples Counselling Grief Counselling Also Works With Queer Folks 🏳️‍🌈

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  • Practicing Since: 9 years
  • Appointments Via: Email
  • Medium:
    • 🌐 Online
  • City: Mumbai
  • Qualifications:
    • Masters in Psychology (Counseling) from SNDT University
  • Additional Qualifications:
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Counseling Psychology From Prafulta Centre for Psychological Wellness, Prafulta
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Attachment Theory From International Attachment Network;
    • South Asian Diploma in Narrative Ideas and Practices From Narrative Practices India (NPI);
    • Certified in Queer Affirmative Counseling Practices From Mariwala Health Initiative (MHI);
    • Certified in Trauma Informed Care From the Alternative Story;
    • Certified in Counseling Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse From HEAL Foundation
  • Languages Known: English, Hindi, and Gujarati (English might be their primary language for therapy)
  • Hourly Fee (₹): 1,800 - 3,000
  • Payments Via: Bank Transfer, PayTM & Online Wallets, UPI/Google Pay
  • Available On: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Notes: Fee for NRIs: Individual Therapy for Indians residing abroad - USD 40.
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  • Why did you choose to become a counsellor?
    In grade 8, I came across Psychology by chance. Having no understanding prior to this, I searched and read about psychology and what does this study of behaviour mean. While growing up, I used to observe people around me and be very confused by their actions and behaviours. I would always have questions about the whys and how’s of things. This curiosity led me to become a counsellor to undertake the understanding of human behaviour.
  • What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
    To being able to witness the stories of individuals. Not just their difficulties but also small joys and wins. Having the privilege to being co-traveller with them.
  • What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
    I feel that there are lot of expectations on getting it “right” in the first therapy session. I believe that therapy is a journey and it takes a while to get it right. My hope is that I am able to help my clients to co-create their hopes for this process. To have a space of resonance and gentleness for themselves. A space where they can be heard and seen.
  • What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?

    Therapy is for everyone and there is no criteria to start therapy. Therapy as a space is not just for when there are struggles but also a space for personal growth and development. Therapy sessions are for you and will always be so.

    When you take the first step of reaching out to a therapist, ask them questions about their educational qualifications, their approaches, their fees and etc. Then ask yourself these questions: 1. Do I feel safe with them? 2. Do I feel heard and seen? Once you have answers to these questions, go ahead with the professional then. It’s okay to even change your therapist or take a break from therapy if you feel therapy isn’t helpful.

    Always know that therapy is your space.

  • Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.

    A therapeutic relationship is built on trust, respect and gentleness. This is something that I strive to build with my clients. I feel that this relationship is a collaborative one. It’s a privilege to be a part of somebody’s inner world and I appreciate it. I strive to create a space where my clients feel comfortable in letting me know if I haven’t understood them.

    I believe that my job is not to fix people as inherently they aren’t broken and I don’t know what does it mean to live their lives. I am here to co-create space along with them where they can be seen and heard and validated.

  • In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?

    My greatest learning is that individuals are always responding to their situations, challenges and environments. While therapy gives them some tools and techniques to navigate better but individuals do know how to respond in their own unique ways.

    Another learning which I have gained is that people often don’t always need a solutions, what they really want is to have a space of being heard and seen.

  • What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
    My curiosity as a person is my greatest strengths as a therapist. I approach the process of therapy with lot of compassion, gentleness and slowness. My ability to listen and observe is another strength of mine. I believe I am a lifelong learner. I am constantly learning, unlearning and relearning.
  • What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
    I enjoy reading, writing short stories, and documenting memories through journaling and clicking pictures. When I’m not working, I’m either watching K-Dramas or Shahrukh Khan’s films, cooking, or taking naps (I take my naps very seriously!)
  • What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?
    I work with young adults and couples in the age groups of 18 - 40 years residing globally. I work with these experiences, but not limited to, interpersonal relationship difficulties, grief and loss, trauma and abuse, work-life difficulties and navigating life transitions. I also work with therapists by providing them with therapy.
  • What is the therapeutic approach you use? How would you describe it to someone who wants to consult you for therapy?
    The primary therapeutic approach which I use is client centred approach. This means that I believe that client is an expert of their lives while I am here to help them to navigate their challenges and difficulties. Another approach which I use is narrative ideas and practices which means that problem is the problem and the person is not the problem. My practice also incorporates philosophies of feminism, social justice and impacts of societal systems on peoples’ lives.
  • How do you make your therapeutic practice a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx?
    I am someone who follows the policy of “ask and not assume.” While introducing myself, I share my pronouns. I ask my clients for their pronouns and names which they would want me to use. I share my pronouns on social media handles as well as communication channels. I update myself with articles, courses and media. Using “they/them” pronouns while talking about third person. I have references for therapists and support groups who are queer affirmative in their beliefs and practice.
  • The Quote Kuntal Resonates With

    Words are, in not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.

    Albus Dumbledore.

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