Why did you choose to become a counsellor?
My own experiences and those of others around me have strongly influenced my decision to pursue a career as a therapist. From a young age, I found myself naturally providing a listening ear and a source of support for others. People would often seek me out to share their stories, and I would eagerly listen, genuinely intrigued by their experiences. This role of offering emotional support and being present for others resonated deeply with me.
As I explored different fields, I discovered the profession of mental health, where I realized I could channel my innate ability to connect with people and facilitate well-being. This realization sparked my journey toward becoming a mental health professional, where I can use my capacity for empathy and genuine connection to support individuals in navigating their challenges and promote their emotional health.
What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
What excites me about my work is the opportunity to witness and support the journeys of individuals. Being able to be a part of someone’s growth, healing, and self-discovery. It is a privilege to hold space for clients as they navigate their emotions, share their stories, and work towards their authentic selves.
Each individual brings a unique set of experiences, challenges, and strengths, which makes me feel humbled and honored to be part of their journeys . I am constantly learning from them, gaining insights into the human condition, and expanding my understanding of different perspectives.
Moreover, seeing the resilience and courage of individuals as they confront their difficulties and make progress is truly inspiring. Witnessing them empowered, as they tap into their inner resources and find new ways to cope and thrive, reinforces my belief in the transformative power of therapy.
What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
I hope my clients feel witnessed and held in the space. I want them to experience a sense of being seen and heard without judgment. I hope for them to feel that their emotions, experiences, and concerns are acknowledged. Additionally, I want my clients to take back the understanding that therapy is a collaborative space. It is about working together to explore, understand, and navigate the client’s challenges.
What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?
It’s completely okay to feel a bit nervous or unsure about starting therapy, especially if it’s your first time. I want to acknowledge and congratulate you for taking this important step towards prioritizing your well-being. It takes courage to recognize the need for support and to seek it out. You are embarking on a journey of self-discovery and growth, and I’m here to support you at every step of the way.
Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.
I strive to establish a strong and collaborative relationship with my clients, founded on trust, respect, and genuine care. I create a safe and nurturing space where individuals can freely explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences without fear of judgment.
Within this therapeutic alliance, I emphasize the importance of active collaboration, valuing the client’s expertise in their own life. Together, we navigate their inner landscape, fostering self-reflection, self-discovery, and self-acceptance.By honoring each client’s unique experiences,, I invite them to tap into their innate capacity for growth, resilience, and change.
I intend to provide a relationship that supports my clients in their quest for self-discovery, healing, and empowerment. I am committed to fostering an environment where personal growth flourishes, and the therapeutic relationship becomes a catalyst for change.
An analogy that I bring initially into the process is, I tell my clients that the therapeutic process is like driving a car, where they are the person driving it and I am sitting next to them on the passenger seat. I tell them how they have control of how fast or slow they would like to ride. They can use the accelerator when they wish and also remind them to brake when they need to. As a passenger I am a trusted companion, supporting them to identify blind spots and exploring possible routes.
I prioritize active listening and validation, ensuring my clients feel heard and understood. We co-create goals that align with their needs, fostering a sense of ownership. I respect their autonomy, inviting them to actively participate in decision-making and take charge of their growth. Regular feedback and check-ins provide opportunities for open dialogue and adjustments along the way. Sessions are developed, tailored to their unique needs and preferences. I provide psychoeducation and resources to enhance their understanding and engagement.
In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
I’ve learned that each individual possesses incredible resilience. Despite facing immense challenges, they demonstrate strength and courage to heal and grow. Their openness and vulnerability highlight the power of human connection and empathy in therapy. I’ve also recognized the importance of honoring each person’s unique journey, embracing diversity and individuality. Understanding their perspectives and cultural backgrounds has enriched my approach and deepened my understanding of the human condition.
What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
Two strengths I highly value and appreciate in my practice are my strong ethical foundation and my grounded presence. I prioritize ethical principles, ensuring client confidentiality, respecting boundaries, and upholding professional integrity. This creates a safe and trustworthy environment for clients. Additionally, my presence as a therapist brings a calm and attentive demeanor to sessions, allowing clients to feel seen, heard, and valued. My focused presence enhances the therapeutic connection and fosters a sense of safety and authenticity.
What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
You can find me dancing through the ebb and flow of life; painting through my sadness and pain; writing through my complexities; grounding through my anxiety. In my free time I love binging on latest series, going for walks, picking up nicks and knacks, daydreaming and napping.
What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?
I primarily work with young adults and adults (18 - 45 years). I address a wide range of concerns, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, trauma, interpersonal and intrapersonal conflicts, grief, loss and personal growth. I intend to support clients in navigating their challenges by helping them to view their experiences from various vantage points and to learn new ways to cope.
I work with individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and identities. I am committed to providing inclusive and affirming therapy to clients of various ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
What is the therapeutic approach you use? How would you describe it to someone who wants to consult you for therapy?
In my therapeutic practice, I view the therapist-client relationship as a microcosm of clients’ lives, offering insights into their broader patterns. By exploring the dynamics between us, we uncover relational styles and behaviors that impact their overall well-being. This focus on the therapeutic relationship fosters self-reflection and growth, allowing for the development of healthier relational patterns and discovering new ways of engaging in relationships outside of therapy.
I incorporate eclectic approach, guided by clients’ current circumstances and their autonomy in setting goals. Establishing a collaborative and equal relationship is essential for promoting self-awareness and facilitating change.
We also delve into past experiences that may influence client’s present struggles. I employ diverse methodologies to support this exploration, recognising each individual’s capacity for growth and healing. I hope to accompany and support clients on their unique paths of self-discovery, using an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates expressive arts, and talk based modalities with a focus on mind body connection. I strive to authentically show up in therapy, and I hope that this encourages my clients to also feel comfortable bringing their true selves to our therapeutic space. By valuing authenticity, we create an environment where genuine exploration and personal growth can thrive.
How do you make your therapeutic practice a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx?
To ensure a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx, I create space to understand their unique life challenges and stressors. I respect their self-identified names and pronouns. I maintain a non-judgmental attitude, challenge biases, and use inclusive language. I provide community and resource referrals and engage in ongoing education to enhance my competence in LGBTQ+ affirmative practices. My goal is to create an environment where queer and trans* individuals feel seen, validated, and empowered to explore their identities and achieve their goals.
The Quote Mohini Resonates With
Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do