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.
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.
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.
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.
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