Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Certification in Bodywork in Psychotherapy, Hank Nunn Institute
Course on Understanding Trauma through Narrative Therapy, Ummeed Development Centre
Which bucket would your therapy style fit into primarily?
My style of therapy is primarily humanistic/client centred and I tend to use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as narrative frameworks when working with clients. Most sessions will focus on helping clients cope with more immediate concerns while parallelly exploring long-standing patterns of thinking, feeling, behaving and relating to others.
What’s that defining feature of your approach to therapy?
Our experiences are deeply rooted in and influenced by our family, societal, cultural and political environments. Something I often focus on is bringing in awareness of these factors, understanding their impact on the individual, and exploring their strengths in coping with these challenges.
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.
Person-centred therapy: Uses a non-authoritative approach that allows clients to take more of a lead in discussions so that, in the process, they will discover their own solutions. The therapist acts as a compassionate facilitator, acknowledging the client’s experience without moving the conversation in another direction.
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.
Narrative therapy: Uses the power of stories to help people discover their life purpose. Through narrative therapy, one can begin to identify alternative stories that offer them an opportunity to challenge judgment and explore what other information they are carrying within them.