As a child and during my teenage, I had always wanted to speak to someone and get some help. This motivated me to be a counsellor to provide the help that I needed as a child. I believe therapy can help people get the most of their lives, than just surviving which encourages me to work in the field of Mental Health.
I would wish to build a collaborative professional relationship with my clients where they can feel safe and comfortable to share their thoughts. I follow an approach which ensures that the client is the one behind the wheel of their life with me at every step for their support. The wheel is however, in their hands and the destination is of their choice.
My greatest learning from my clients have been that humans have an innate drive to survive which helps us deal with all kinds of experiences that we have during our lifetime. Most issues that we identify with ourselves today, were at one point coping mechanisms.
I value my ability to be compassionate and empathetic towards my clients along with my ability to be there for them with genuine care. I also value my ability to be able to understand the client’s work from their perspective and make sense of it.
I work with clients dealing with the environmental impact of life experiences which have led to relationship issues, self-esteem and self-worth related concerns, depression, anxiety, trauma and abuse. I majorly work with adolescents and young adults.
I use an eclectic approach which caters to the needs of the client. However, I view each client from a trauma- informed and psychodynamic approach which places a greater emphasis on our childhood and past experiences to help us understand our present. With the awareness of a complete story about the emotional or psychological issues, it helps us be more compassionate towards ourselves and deal with the issues in the present.
I make my practice safe and affirmative for queer and trans individuals by giving them the space to share their experience and story with me at their own pace. I understand every person has a unique story and I give them the space to choose to share it when they feel comfortable, share their pronouns or their identity with me once they feel safe. Naming therapy as a safe space isn’t enough for it to feel that way, therefore, giving clients the autonomy over the direction of the session is important. To keep myself informed and aware, I read a lot and take up courses to understand identity and sexuality.
The Quote Trishi Agarwal Resonates With
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
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