Master of Education in Counselling Psychology; Mental Health Track, Columbia University
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Columbia University
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychological Skills, St. Francis College
Which bucket would your therapy style fit into primarily?
It is essential to explore the struggles that one brings into the therapy room before deciding the therapeutic approach and the interventions. I draw from various therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness-based psychotherapy, and psychodynamic therapy, depending on the individual’s needs. It becomes crucial to explore the past with some individuals; in that case, I would supplement my Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with psychodynamic interventions.
Therapy helps to alter self-defeating narratives into powerful ones filled with acceptance and compassion. For long-lasting alterations, it helps the individual realize where these self-defeating narratives are coming from, which often involves exploring the past and the influence of relationships. Then the work would involve unlearning much of this conditioning and replacing old beliefs with more realistic, compassionate and empowering ones.
What’s that defining feature of your approach to therapy?
My approach involves deconstructing the socio-cultural factors that cause distress, which one often internalizes as their personal failure. The therapy process usually has a power dynamic where I am often seen as the expert, and the individual sees themselves as the more vulnerable one. Much of the therapy work also revolves around balancing this power by empowering the individual and reminding them that they are the experts on their lives, and they can make informed, life-altering decisions to attain overall well-being.
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.
Psychodynamic therapy: Focuses on recognizing, acknowledging, understanding, expressing, and overcoming negative and contradictory feelings and repressed emotions in order to improve the patient’s interpersonal experiences and relationships.