Type: Therapist, Therapy, Psychologist :
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Shyamoli (She/Her) is a mental health therapist from Bengaluru who practices online. They’re based out of Indiranagar.

Shyamoli is 28 years old, with at least 2 years of experience.

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  • Practicing Since: 2 years
  • Appointments Via: Email, WhatsApp
  • City: Bengaluru
  • Area: Indiranagar
  • Medium:
    • 🌐 Online
  • Qualifications:
    • M.Sc Clinical Psychology
    • M.Phil Clinical Psychology
  • Additional Qualifications:
    • Trauma Focussed Therapy
  • Languages Known: English, and Hindi (English might be their primary language for therapy)
  • Hourly Fee (₹): 1,800 - 2,200
  • Payments Via: Bank Transfer, PayTM & Online Wallets, UPI/Google Pay
  • Available On: Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Notes: Fee for NRIs: 2500
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  • Why did you choose to become a counsellor?
    In the beginning, when I was just introduced to psychology, it was the mix of finding out that reading psychology was first and foremost gratifying for my mind, that along with having an phenomenal mentor who showed me the power of this subject. From there started a spark to continue the flame of understanding the self, meaning making and how to translate such intangible experiences to make them more tactile.
  • What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
    My work is extremely gratifying to me, the process, the way I feel in the sessions and how clients have felt in sessions is an autotelic experience, rewarding in itself. My greatest appreciation is how it teaches me more and more about humanity each day, and yes the learning never stops but is probably something I look forward to most.
  • What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
    The first session will also give you an idea of how I work and what therapy with me entails. It will give you a space to ask questions and clarify anything regarding the therapy space. I hope for you to feel connected and also lean into assessing if this is the right fit for you.
  • What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?

    I would like to say, that feeling hesitant about starting therapy is perfectly natural and more common than one would think. There still exists a stigma around taking therapy which understandably makes approaching therapy even harder, however I urge you to pursue the help you think suits you best and that you deserve.

    Do take your time to ask questions and assess if the approach of the therapist aligns with your values. Even a few sessions in, you can still choose to exit at any point if you feel it is not feeling like the right fit for you or not the right time, there is always room to discuss the alternatives available and the therapist can help you identify those as well.

  • Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.
    The process of therapy rests on a foundation of both client and therapist being able to collaborate towards a goal. In therapy I encourage you take your time to explore and trust the therapeutic space, to develop a sense of safety that doesn’t feel forced or imposed or assumed, rather built. I hope to bring a balance of scaffolding with honest reflection. It’s a space where I hope you can feel heard and seen, where coming as you as doesn’t feel like an experience to avoid but one to look forward to, thus fostering a greater sense of relatability between client and therapist and building a better relationship of you with yourself.
  • In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
    That we are all human, and being human is not perfect, not easy, not like the movies and yet still so magical in all the polarities humanity asks us to hold. I find that our struggles are unique and shared at the same time, and that one need not navigate these all alone. It’s also humanizing to see how clients innately have the capacity to know what is in fact best for them, while admiring their ability in having navigated life in their own unique way.
  • What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
    I pride myself on my listening ability steeped in compassion, my drive to understand and be human in the face of all odds. In a world where urgency is created, I like that I am able to help one pause and deepen the moment so we can in fact stop to smell the roses. I also greatly appreciate my practice towards being in tune with myself and my feelings. When I am able to treat myself with care, I am able to better provide for others as well.
  • What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
    In my free time, I love all things adventure sports, creativity, composing music, reading and socializing, spending quality time with myself and learning to also let free time be idle from time to time, not needing to fill it up with something.
  • What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?
    I work with all populations above the ages of 18. I am clinically trained, with a heavy emphasis on trauma/ somatic/ attachment and psychodynamic approach. With these tools, lets try our best to help you reach your goals from therapy.
  • What is the therapeutic approach you use? How would you describe it to someone who wants to consult you for therapy?

    My approach is insight oriented, trauma focussed, influenced by attachment theory, psychodynamic roots and also an emphasis on somatic approaches.

    Within therapy focus on creating a holistic picture by including a culturally sensitive approach to address the factors that influence the client, to bring to like the systemic failure that could still be affecting the client. I strive to bring an awareness on the attachment patterns that evolved for the client overtime while focusing on creating an awareness into these patterns. As attachment figures are all around, I place an importance in building awareness to the key thought patterns and reflexive behaviours & sensations that ensue.

    I aim to also create a greater awareness and lessen the gap between mind and body. I do this by creating more opportunity to deepen emotions and in trying to listen to what the body is trying to communicate, hence my techniques also follow a somatic approach with an emphasis on mindfulness, breathwork and identification of emotions along with intensity.

    I also strive to look at the client from the lens of needs as dictating all of human behaviour and motivation, and bringing those needs to light to help clients bring awareness into their motivations.

  • How do you make your therapeutic practice a safe and affirmative space for queer and trans* folx?
    Being aware of my privilege and locating myself was the first step I took to understanding the journey of queer and trans folx. Constantly educating myself on the existing literature and also placing a heavy emphasis on the lived experiences of the individual is what allows my practice to be queer affirmative. Placing a heavy emphasis on language, I hope to validate and help every client feel comfortable in their own skin. I acknowledge the systemic failures that still perpetuate mental health and try to work from a social justice point of view to help the client feel empowered in their choices, while challenging heteronormative norms that have been “normalised” in society. I also constantly seek out information for peer support groups that clients can then benefit from if they choose to opt.
  • The Quote Shyamoli Resonates With

    what is great in a man is he is a bridge, not a goal

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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