As a young teenager struggling with my mental health, I was fortunate enough to find the right kind of support to aid my mental health. This solidified my faith in the work of mental health professionals and fuelled my desire to pay it forward. It is what has made me gravitate towards pursuing a career a counselling psychologist.
I love delving deep into the rich histories and unique lived experiences of my client’s lives. It allows me to see the world through their eyes and together gives us the opportunity to explore and create insight into the patterns and narratives that have carried forth in their lives. It is this process of profound self-discovery and deepened self-awareness that clients experience in therapy that excites me the most about our work together.
I believe therapy is a sacred space because it allows clients to feel seen and their voices heard. Therefore, in their first session, I wish for clients to experience the safety of this space to voice their pain and hurt and to give them the sense of security that they don’t have to go through their struggles alone.
I think there is no right time to seek therapy and no concern is too small or insignificant to bring up in therapy. You don’t have to wait for things to get worse before you get help. A therapist can be a great sounding board to help you reflect on your life and gain fresh perspectives.
I bring my warm, compassionate presence in therapy to help create a connect with my clients. Moreover, I strongly believe that therapy needs to be a relationship of two equals and I try to inculcate that in how develop a relationship with my clients.
I have learned that sometimes as therapists we get caught up in planning the right intervention but that the most profound healing happens through the therapeutic relationship. The therapeutic relationship itself is the vessel of healing as it provides a corrective experience for clients. Therefore it is of the utmost importance to nurture and protect it. This involves making reparations when there are ruptures in the relationship as therein lies the true success of therapy.
I am unabashedly honest with my clients as I believe that there can be no therapeutic growth without authenticity. Therefore, as much as I am compassionate and sensitive to the client’s concerns, I don’t shy away from challenging my clients when they are engaging in patterns or coping styles that are no longer serving them.
I work with adult and young adult populations. The concerns I work with are anxiety and mood-related issues, relationship concerns, family issues, work or academic stress, difficulties with life transitions, grief and relationship loss, emotional and psychological abuse and so on.
I work as integrative therapist with a foundation in humanistic therapy. This means that I draw from different therapeutic schools of thought to meet the unique needs of my clients. I see experiences such as anxiety and depression as messages. Therapy with me therefore involves undergoing a journey of exploring the client’s present and past to uncover what messages it is trying to convey.
While my practice is open to all individuals irrespective of their sexual and gender identities, I make my practice queer affirmative by being sensitive to the unique stressors and challenges that queer and trans folks experience and helping them cope with a world that is inherently discriminatory and oppressive. I am also constantly learning and upgrading myself to better serve this population.
The Quote Veha Resonates With
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final
Rainier Maria Rilke
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