Master of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Master of Arts in Applied Psychology, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Which bucket would your therapy style fit into primarily?
I have an Eclectic approach that draws from Supportive Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I also use a Humanistic approach.
What’s that defining feature of your approach to therapy?
The defining feature of my approach is the emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and rapport with each client. Techniques and tools fail us when we are not on the same page. I would like to collaborate with my clients and create a safe space for honest dialogue and consistent effort from both ends.
Supportive therapy: Focuses on improving, reinforcing, or sustaining a client’s physiological well-being or psychological self-esteem and self-reliance.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Targets psychological problems by looking at learned patterns of unhelpful behaviour. Helps better understand and identify distorted thoughts and develop a better sense of confidence in one’s own abilities.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Supports clients in learning to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. Clients commit to making necessary changes in their behaviour, regardless of what is going on in their lives, and how they feel about it.
Humanistic approach: Focuses on a person’s individual nature, rather than categorizing groups of people with similar characteristics as having the same problems. Humanistic therapy looks at the whole person, not only from the therapist’s view but from the viewpoint of individuals observing their own behaviour.