I have always been curious about understanding and being challenged by others' perspectives. Growing up with a physical disability, I was able to recognize very soon about the social structures and the impact it has on every individual. Realising the importance of acceptance and empathy, I knew psychology is where I belong.
The opportunity to connect with different people and together creating a safe space. To be able to witness the clients stories and take a journey along with them towards growth and kindness. Being someone’s support system while they cherish into different aspects of their life is wholesome.
In the first session I would hope for the client to experience that it is a safe and open space for one to be who they are. I would also encourage them to explore the way of conversation, topics and other attributes to suit with theirs and have a open communication about what works for them.
I would appreciate and encourage them as it is the first step towards self-love and growth. In counselling it is important to understand that it is a safe and non-judgemental place and the client’s lived realities are valued. I would affirm them towards their decison.
My approach towards counselling and attitude towards clients. I take a step beyond the counselling setting in order to ensure support is available and provide necessary resources for the clients on the same.
I use an intersectional, trauma informed approach to therapy and I am eclectic in practice which is an integration of different school of thoughts. I believe as each individual is unique, the interventions should be tailored towards their needs.
I ensure that my pronouns are mentioned in my emails, social media accounts, the counselling intake forms are inclusive across gender and sexuality. During the session, I make sure to address my approach in the initial stages and actively take measures to visiblize others aspects in the counselling setting like a LGBTQIA+ badge, books etc.
The Quote Shanmathi Senthil Kumar Resonates With
Speaking up for what you believe in is never a waste of time
Emily Sands, Sex education
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