Yashna Vishwanathan, Therapist in Mumbai | View Profile | TheMindClan
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Yashna Vishwanathan is a mental health counsellor from Mumbai who practices online and offline. They practice in Lower Parel East and consult over home visits if requested.

  • Age: 26
  • Practicing Privately Since: 4 years
  • Area: Lower Parel East
  • Qualifications:
    • Masters in Clinical Psychology
  • Additional Qualifications:
    • Underwent mental health training program in Narrative Practices of working with children, adolescents, adults, families and communities
  • Languages Known: English, Hindi and Tamil
  • Hourly Fee (₹): 1000 - 2000
  • Payments Via: Bank Transfer, Cash
  • Available On: Tuesday - Saturday
  • City: Mumbai
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  • Why did you choose to become a counsellor?
    In my short span of working as a counselor, I feel privileged to be a part of people's lives in ways that perhaps only I could have been. I have been told that I listen well and I would be curious about people around me and ever since my role as a counselor, it has been extremely rewarding to listen to people's stories of love, hope, resistance and resilience, and joy in 'little' things. These people and their stories continue to remain with me in my journey ahead.
  • What excites you about your work as a counsellor?
    The sheer joy to be able to experience discoveries together and warmth in the room. Mornings are difficult for me and what helps me (apart from my tea) is to look forward to these conversations, which are about sharing spaces of laughter and silences, safety and vulnerability, exciting co-researches and deconstructions, and all the wonder. 🙂
  • What do you hope for your clients to experience after their first session with you?
    I hope they take back a sense of richness and meanings to their stories they come with and a sense of agency in bringing about change in ways they would want to. I also hope for them to experience a sense of collaboration and solidarity in their relationship with me.
  • What would you wish to tell a client who is thinking about seeking counselling?
    I would want to be the influencer in the conversation and tell them that they've already been (actively) responding to some of their concerns in 'little' and big ways and thinking about seeking counselling is one of them. And that counseling could be a safe space for them to explore possibilities, to make visible spaces that invite their ways of being.
  • Describe the relationship that you would wish to build with your client in counselling.
    I hope for our relationship to look like something that's warm, equal and collaborative, even buddy-like and for me to be a co-traveller, co-researcher, co-discoverer in their journey to be agents of change.
  • In your counselling work so far, what has been your greatest learning from your clients?
    The fact that they always have skills and abilities to respond to their concerns, every single thing they do. The role becomes then of the counselor, to attune and look for these skills and know-hows, relentlessly unpack them, in order to make visible people's agency.
  • What are some of your strengths as a counsellor that you value and appreciate?
    My ability to listen and listen through cracks in stories of trauma and abuse, to believe that the person is an expert and to de-center myself and my ability to hold silences in conversations.
  • What are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
    In my free time, I would be found curled up indoors with a book about love or a period drama. I also love watching Bollywood movies - the colourful, the parallels and the in-betweens (if any). My free times are also devoted to 'the sweetness of doing nothing'.
  • The Quote Yashna Vishwanathan Resonates With

    Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There's a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

    Leonard Cohen

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