Type: Therapist, Therapy, Psychologist :
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Prachi (She/Her) is a mental health therapist from Pune who practices online.

Prachi is 31 years old, with at least 8 years of experience.

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  • Practicing Since: 8 years
  • Appointments Via: Email
  • City: Pune
  • Medium:
    • 🌐 Online
  • Qualifications:
    • M.A. Psychology (Clinical) from SNDT University, Mumbai;
    • B.A. from University of Mumbai
  • Additional Qualifications:
    • The Don Bosco Advanced Diploma in Counselling Psychology by Prafulta Centre for Psychological Wellness;
    • Queer Affirmative Counselling Practice by Mariwala Health Initiative
  • Languages Known: English, Hindi, and Marathi (English might be their primary language for therapy)
  • Hourly Fee (₹): 2,000 - 2,500
  • Payments Via: Bank Transfer, UPI/Google Pay
  • Available On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Notes: Fee for NRIs: 40 USD
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  • Why did you choose to become a counsellor?
    Back when I chose to study Psychology, I was fascinated by human behaviour researches. I found the human brain to be quite mysterious. However, what led me to being a therapist is a love for and faith in human potential. I enjoy the idea of being on a quest with my clients in their journey towards self-fulfilment.
  • What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
    There’s never a boring day! You never know what your client is going to share in a session- this is true even for clients who I have been working with for awhile. But what excites me the most is when my clients and I ‘click’. It’s such a precious feeling to be trusted and allowed to be a part of your client’s journey. I also keep going for the days when my client is able to resolve what was bothering them. I sort of see a montage of how they struggled amidst suffering, but grew resilient and got through their issues.
  • What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
    In our first session, I would be trying to get the client comfortable with talking about their life with a stranger. Talking about what ails us is never easy, and to do it with a new person would be more daunting. I understand that. Hence, I want to make the client comfortable, get a sense of me and if I’m a good fit for them.
  • What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?
    People tend to think that therapists give advice on how to live life. That’s not true. Look at therapists as people who have learnt about human behaviour and strategies, and who guide you to be more aware of self and strengthen you to take your own decisions. You know your life more than we do. Another question which gets asked by potential clients is how long will therapy take to solve their problems. There’s no universally fixed length of therapy. It depends on how deep rooted the problem is, how many areas of life it has affected, what kind of support system you have; but most importantly, how willing are you to apply your learnings from therapy to life. People tend to feel better after talking about their problems but that in itself doesn’t resolve them.
  • Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.
    I would like my client to look at me as their guide on their journey and source of support. Therapy is not one-size-fits-all. I collaborate with my client on how therapy would work for them. We discuss the issues, share observations, and work on applying strategies, come back and assess how they worked out. It’s an ongoing process.
  • In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
    That nothing is permanent. Problems come, problems reduce, problems take new shapes. We learn ways to cope with them.
  • What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
    I have been told by my clients that I come across as being kind and a good listener. What I appreciate about myself is that I am accepting and non-judgemental towards my clients’ actions.
  • What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
    I am a pet parent to a rescue cat and dog; I cherish and enjoy the time that I spend with them. I love to travel to new places and eat local cuisine. However, in day-to-day, I watch comedy tv shows, anime; sci-fi, fantasy movies; read fiction, webtoons/manga.
  • What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?
    I work with people above the age of 18. I have been working with queer individuals from the start of my career as a therapist. The following are the areas of concern that I address in a therapeutic setting: Anxiety & Depression, Trauma, Grief or Loss, Body Image Issues, Relationship issues, Gender, Sexuality, LGBTQIA+, Abuse, Self Harm, Anger or Mood Disorders, Workplace Issues, Significant Life Changes
  • What is the therapeutic approach you use? How would you describe it to someone who wants to consult you for therapy?
    I rely on person-centered therapy which is build on the values of empathy, being genuine, and non-judgemental towards clients. In this approach, the client decides on the goals of therapy and the therapist acts like a guide. I also rely on the cognitive model when it comes to goal setting, or working on thought and behaviour changes. When I’m working with my client I try to understand how factors in society impact their life. I intertwine this knowledge to understand and guide my client better.
  • How do you make your therapeutic practice a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx?
    When I am introducing myself in the first session, I share my pronouns. I use a ‘ask, don’t assume policy’- asking my clients their gender identity, sexual orientation and pronouns. Using ’they/them’ pronouns when talking about a third person. I keep my therapy practice affirmative and inclusive by updating myself via articles and media.
  • The Quote Prachi Resonates With

    Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light

    Harry potter and the prisoner of Azkaban movie. I am reminded of this quote when I process human pain and suffering.

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