Being a counselor came very organically to me. My journey in the mental health field began when I started volunteering for an organization that worked on raising awareness for abuse. Working and interacting with survivors and spreading awareness felt like home to me.
The interactions and narratives I came across helped me understand mental health more in depth. I dove into understanding trauma, its impact and how I could provide assistance to anyone who may have faced challenges.
My approach is very eclectic in nature. This means I like to incorporate different techniques from different schools of thought depending on whats the comfortable process for you! I have a person centered and unstructured approach which basically means that my session planning is based on your needs and you’re the one in the drivers seat in our sessions. I follow a collaborative approach which means I work alongside the client to prioritize their comfort.
I also like to use a trauma informed approach which means i like to understand how our body plays a role with our emotions. Sometimes, when our mind can’t take too much and we prefer to push things down the deep end, our body does the remembering for us. I like to help you discover how our body holds a lot of feelings. I like to work with the body and the mind as a whole where we can understand and connect with our bodies in a whole manner.
I always introduce myself with my pronouns, and always ask my client to share theirs if they’re comfortable. In my approach, the one thing I’m always mindful of is my language. Words hold lot of power when addressing/understanding someone’s gender identity and sexuality. Holding a space for them where they can safely explore their identity, whether it is to define it or just understand it for themselves is something that holds a lot of importance in my practice.
I always ask my clients for the name that they would like to be addressed as and also encourage them to dress or keep some small trinket with them which makes them feel more like themselves in this space.
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