Vinod, Therapist From Pondicherry Offering Online Therapy |
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Vinod Mudliar

(He/Him)Therapy Services:   Individual Therapy Grief Counselling
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Vinod (He/Him) is a mental health counsellor from Pondicherry who practices online.

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  • Age: 35
  • Practicing Privately Since: 5 years
  • Appointments Via: WhatsApp, Email
  • City: Pondicherry
  • Medium:
    • 🌐 Online
  • Qualifications:
    • MA in Counseling from Santa Clara University, California, USA
    • PG Diploma in Counseling from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  • Additional Qualifications:
    • Visharadh in Hindustani Classical Vocals From Gandharva Mahavidyalaya
    • B.E. in Electronics and Telecommunication From Fr. CRIT, Vashi, Mumbai University
  • Languages Known: English, Hindi, Marathi, and Tamil (English might be their primary language for therapy)
  • Hourly Fee (₹): 1,500 - 4,500
  • Payments Via: Bank Transfer, UPI
  • Available On: Tuesday - Saturday
  • Notes: 50 minute session fee: ₹1500 to ₹2400 for clients residing in India. ₹3000 to ₹4500 for Indian clients residing abroad (NRIs) and working abroad. Discounts are available for students and senior citizens.
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  • Why did you choose to become a counsellor?

    The zest for designing electronic circuits coupled with a strong reasoning mind motivated me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. I was excited about starting my career as an engineer, when life took a dramatic turn – I was diagnosed with third stage cancer in the nasopharynx.

    After a two-year hiatus due to cancer treatment and rehabilitation, I had a deep desire to make a difference in the world of cancer care. I worked with cancer care NGOs and actively engaged in cancer awareness campaigns to address the myths and stigma attached with the ‘Big C’. The process of empowering and guiding cancer patients and caregivers in their battle against cancer has been a gratifying one.

    My encounter with life’s challenges and experience in the field of psycho-social oncology helped me develop a strong inclination towards the field of psychosocial-oncology, health psychology, counselling, and psychotherapy. I had undergone a complete transformation at a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. I moved from the field of engineering to pursue my inner calling - I switched to counseling psychology.

    Over the years, I have come a long way from designing and wiring electronic circuits to studying and working with the nuances of how human minds are wired.

  • What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
    Meeting new clients and empowering them to achieve heightened awareness is a very gratifying experience. To facilitate their search for deeper meaning and purpose in life in order to make responsible choices even when faced with painful and distressing circumstances is very fulfilling.
  • What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
    After the first session, I hope my clients are more aware and enlightened about the process of counselling and what they could look forward to in the journey ahead. I hope my clients leave with a sense of trust that they would feel comfortable and safe to share and to explore the deepest levels of their inner selves in their journey with me.
  • What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?
    I welcome you to my healing space, your safe space if you choose to explore a new journey of a professional and therapeutic relationship with me. This therapeutic journey is a joint effort. I invite you to be my fellow traveler and an active participant for our time together to reap the benefits of therapy. Our journey together may result in a number of benefits including, but not limited to, heightened self-awareness and personal growth; improved acceptance of self and circumstances; greater ability to seek meaning and purpose of life, and to make meaningful choices even in suffering; reduced anxiety; improved capacity to cope with isolation, loneliness, grief, loss, and death; and to gain a better balance in relationships, academics, and work. Each one’s journey is unique, and there is no guarantee that you will experience any or all the above benefits. I would also like to remind you that the therapeutic journey may hit rough seas and you may feel worse before you begin to feel better. The journey may uncover painful and distressing memories, events, and experiences that may evoke strong feelings of anger, frustration, sadness, and fear. Some of your assumptions and perceptions may be challenged which could lead to your feeling upset, disturbed, or confused. I encourage you to explore both your highs and lows during our sessions, as it will aid the therapeutic process.
  • Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.

    I collaborate with my clients, whom I prefer to call my fellow travellers, to work on a spectrum of issues. My therapeutic practice is guided by a philosophical approach that is rooted in the belief that we are free beings, responsible for our actions and the choices that we make.

    I am here to provide a safe, empathetic, non-judgmental, and trusting space that will empower you to explore your assumptions and perceptions of your current situation, to examine your values and spiritual and religious beliefs, and to be in touch with the deeper meaning of your life.

    The focus of my approach in therapy is to improve your awareness of your immediate, ongoing experience – the ‘here-and-now,’ and to facilitate your search for meaning and purpose in life. I primarily use the humanistic-existential approach that focuses on empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard for building a healthy therapeutic relationship.

  • In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
    I find it to be a great privilege to be a fellow traveller in my client’s unique journey. My client’s trust in me has enhanced my trust in human connections and has further enriched my experience of being empathetic. Getting to know about my client’s culture and its influence on them has been a great learning experience for me.
  • What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?

    I completed my MA in counseling from Santa Clara University (SCU), California, USA. I had an amazing opportunity of taking classes and training with experts from different schools and theoretical orientations of counselling. Gaining education and training from both the eastern (read India) and western (read USA) world has set me on the path of being culturally humble.

    Knowing that each client has unique needs and concerns, I believe in being flexible and adaptive to meet my clients where they are at. Though I primarily use humanistic-existential approach in my counseling, I integrate evidence based therapeutic interventions and techniques from different schools that may be the best fit for my client.

  • What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
    I am very passionate about music. I enjoy singing and jamming with musicians during my free time.
  • What are the areas of concern you address in counselling? Do you work with specific populations?
    I work with adolescents, adults, and couples dealing with a myriad of concerns including depression; anxiety; academic and work – life imbalance; mental, physical, and emotional stress; grief, loss, and trauma; fear of isolation and death; cancer and chronic illnesses; relationship and sexual issues; and gender and sexuality. My areas of interest and expertise are psycho-oncology; gender and sexuality; grief, trauma, and relationship counseling.
  • The Quote Vinod Resonates With

    He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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