Master of Science in Counselling Psychology, Sampurna Montfort College
Which bucket would your therapy style fit into primarily?
I predominantly follow a Cognitive Behavioural approach, along with integrating mindfulness-based practices. I integrate approaches from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Existential Therapy, depending on the needs of the client. I work with individual adults and couples.
What’s that defining feature of your approach to therapy?
I believe that therapy is collaborative effort between the client and the therapist - journeying towards insight development, and a deeper awareness of the Self. We’ve relied on stories to learn and make sense of the world, and through the process of therapy, we learn more about our personal stories. We learn to recognize unhealthy patterns, and work towards meaningful, and authentic ways of living. I believe in a holistic approach towards emotional wellbeing.
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.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Teaches people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others. It has four key components: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness.
Gestalt Principles: Focuses on an individual's present life and challenges rather than delving into past experiences. This approach stresses the importance of understanding the context of a person’s life and taking responsibility rather than placing blame.
Existential therapy: Existential therapy focuses on free will, self-determination, and the search for meaning—often centering on you rather than on the symptom. The approach emphasizes your capacity to make rational choices and to develop to your maximum potential.