Qualifications: • Master's in Applied Psychology with specialisation in Counselling Psychology
Additional Qualifications: • Certificate in Arts Based Therapy conducted by Bapu Trust, Pune • Certificate in Mindfulness based Therapy by Mindful Spring, Mumbai
Languages Known: English, and Hindi
Hourly Fee (₹): 1,500
Payments Via: Bank Transfer, UPI
Available On: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
City: Online Only
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The idea of change brings me hope, and it is an very fulfilling to be a part of the change process in people’s life. Hence, I chose this profession that can facilitate change for others and add meaning to my life.
Understanding and creating acceptance about different perspectives that I get to hear from all the clients and therapists I interact with in this field helps me grow as a person, and that is the most exciting part of being a counsellor.
I hope clients can experience a non judgmental and accepting conversation during the first session. I believe that the foundation of a change process is the rapport between the therapist and client. I hope that I can provide space to clients so that there is some rapport that we can build in the first session. Typically the first session is about getting to know a little bit about the context and background about the client so that I get a better understanding about what they are going through. Along with that for the client to ask as many questions about therapy and the process that we are engaging in.
Therapy is an empathetic, non judgmental and safe space for clients to gain perspectives and skills to deal with certain challenges or mental health concerns that they are dealing with. The client has the right to chose a therapist, hold them accountable, give feedback and ask questions through the therapy process. The client is also free to terminate sessions if they feel uncomfortable.
I hope to develop a professional relationship that is safe, non judgmental, empathetic, has space for feedback. This is a relationship that is collaborative in which the client will have space for sharing their thoughts, feelings or questions about therapy.
The greatest learning from clients and my therapy practice is the amount of resilience and hope clients carry with themselves even in the toughest times in life. While I hear narratives of struggle and pain, I also see the skills and strength that the person had that got them through/ is getting them through such a difficult time. The fact that clients show up for therapy and for sessions reflects their deep hope to change. And having the privilege to be a part of the therapy process has given me the chance to witness this.
In my therapeutic practice, I deeply value empathy. I feel empathy builds the foundation of the rapport a therapist and client develop. Along with empathy, I hold a rights-based approach to therapy. This means that I actively point out the rights of the client and the people in their lives in an empathetic and safe manner. I also have an understanding about how socio-cultural and systemic factors can impact an individual’s mental health. This allows the therapy to be space safe and empowering at the same time.
My work involves providing psychotherapy for young and middle aged adults. My specialisation is in Marriage and Family therapy and have worked with couples in various settings. I have also worked with clients facing mental health concerns like depression, post trauma stress, grief, addiction and concerns on the anxiety spectrum, among others.
I use an approach to therapy in which I value the person the most in the process. My approach to sessions is non directive, and I like to explore different aspects of a person’s life story that might have been impacted by the concerns they are dealing with. I also use a strength based approach, which means acknowledging the clients strengths and skills as we explore the discourses of struggle. My approach to therapy is primarily rights based, feminist, LGBTQ+ affirmative, and trauma informed. This means that I will take an active stance in therapy by pointing out when a person is in being treated unfairly due to systemic factors.
I inform myself about several therapeutic and personal discourses of queer and trans folx available in literature to educate myself. I also take supervision from queer therapists so that I can be aware of the unique challenges that queer and trans people experience in their lives. I take an active and affirmative stance about exploring or accepting one’s sexuality and gender. I attempt to constantly acknowledge my privilege given my gender and sexuality.
The Quote Naina Shahri Resonates With
We don't have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.
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