Master of Arts in Applied Psychology, New York University
Post Graduate Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy, Women’s Christian College and East West Centre for Counselling and Training
Certificate Course in Queer Affirmative Counselling Practice, Mariwala Health Initiative
Which bucket would your therapy style fit into primarily?
I primarily take a client-centred and strengths-based approach to therapy. I also incorporate interventions from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy in my practice.
What’s that defining feature of your approach to therapy?
I meet clients where they are, and I develop creative and individualised interventions for each client.
I apply a feminist and queer affirmative lens to therapy. I seek to highlight and address the oppression and marginalisation clients might be facing and help them understand how that connects to their mental health struggles.
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.
Expressive Arts Therapy: Focuses on incorporating writing, drama, dance, movement, painting, and/or music. While art therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, etc. are based in a single art modality, expressive arts therapy is an integrated approach that uses a variety of art forms.