Some of my life experiences influenced me to think about what mental health support may mean to someone and its significance in their lives. Over time, I learned about the importance of co-creating safe spaces that support their health, nurture hope and their versions of living and being.
Seeking therapy is one of the brave ways of taking care of yourself especially when it feels difficult to. Feel free to ask questions, know more about your therapist, the therapy space and take it slow with yourself in this significant step.
Adolescents and adults with concerns around mental health distress, relationship issues, gender-based violence and trauma experiences. I also have experience working with disabled and neurodivergent individuals and trained in queer affirmative practices.
I use a strengths-based, collaborative approach in my practice and for me people’s expertise, lived-experiences and value systems guide the path we may want to take and skills we explore in the therapy process. It’s also important for me to locate people’s experiences in larger systems and hence the therapeutic principles center anti-caste, queer and disability affirmative ways of working.
Using inclusive language and intake forms and keeping handy resources and stories from queer folks at various identity intersections. I also continue to attend trainings by queer folks, seek supervision and queer my practices. Using children’s picturebooks with some of my queer clients have opened up possibilities of being in the world.
The Quote Yashna Vishwanathan Resonates With
Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final
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