Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, SNDT University
Certificate Course in Queer Affirmative Counselling Practice, Mariwala Health Initiative
Which bucket would your therapy style fit into primarily?
I have an eclectic approach to therapy that is heavily influenced by Person-centred therapy, but I employ multiple strategies and techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy/Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and alternative modalities, including body-work.
What’s that defining feature of your approach to therapy?
It is tailor-made for every single client, and I always use a Queer and Sex Positive lens.
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.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: A form of cognitive behavior therapy where a person’s problems are seen as the result of turning healthy desires for success, approval, and pleasure into demands (e.g., “I must achieve this or I am an inadequate person”). Because of its emphasis on thinking, feeling, and acting as integrated processes, REBT uses a variety of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral techniques to interrupt clients’ irrational beliefs and encourage them to think in more rational ways.
Body Work: It is a group of body-based approaches to treatment that emphasize realignment of the body's structure to improve its function as well as the client's mental outlook. These therapies typically combine a relatively passive phase, in which the client receives deep-tissue bodywork or postural correction and a more active period of movement education, in which the client practices sitting, standing, and moving about with better alignment of the body.