Qualifications: • M.Sc. in Psychological Counselling
Additional Qualifications: • Short Term Training Program in Narrative Ideas & Practices • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Common Emotional Disorders (Advanced Level). • Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) - Basic & Advanced Levels.
I was always fascinated with understanding myself and others around me, on a deeper level. That, along with my personal struggles led me to pursue psychology as a subject. The deep-rooted stigma around mental health, gaps in the system and a dearth of well trained, genuine, and ethical professionals further fuelled my desire to contribute, which led me onto the path of becoming a counsellor.
You have already been responding to your struggles and are being there for yourself. Thinking of seeking counselling is just another example of that. Counselling is a process which is not linear. It will be filled with several small steps forward, a few steps backwards, some giant leaps at times. It can also feel magical yet tough sometimes. But it’s all worth it.
The approach I use, views people as separate from the problem. It understands the various contexts a person is coming from and its influence in a person’s life. It centres the person as the expert in their life and as innately resourceful. The therapist is a co-traveller in this journey, who attempts to make this resourcefulness more visible to them, along with helping them understand their hopes, dreams, and preferred ways of being and exploring how they can make this more possible, while reducing the effects of the problems in their life.
I constantly educate myself by reading up, attending workshops and by learning from the lived experiences of queer folx, whom I know. I am also looking forward to doing a course on Queer Affirmative Counselling Practices.
The Quote Pavitra Sahay Resonates With
Like tiny seeds with potent power to push through tough ground and become mighty trees, we hold innate reserves of unimaginable strength. We are resilient
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