Frequently Asked Questions
What is counselling?
American Counseling Association defines counselling as "... a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals."
Done right, counselling provides the client with a fostering environment free from judgement, criticism, advice, and assumptions. In such a space, the client can explore and understand themselves better, find their own solutions, and grow.
What are your qualifications, licensing, and registrations?
Refer the 'About Me' section for my professional qualifications.
As of now, India lacks an official licensing body for counsellors. However, I hold my self to strict standards and have obtained a Master's degree in Psychology of Mental Health and completed a skills based diploma in counselling. Furthermore, I keep myself updated via workshops and trainings offered by experts in the field. I also make use of regular supervision to make sure my practice is held to strict ethical and professional standards.
I've heard of CBT and psychoanalysis. What do you follow?
I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to counselling. Every individual is unique and I believe that they have the capability to make their own choices. Hence, I follow an integrative and pluralistic approach where the clients play a huge role in deciding the kind of service they require. Clients are the experts when it comes to their lives.
I am a bit unsure about how to start on this process. What would a session look like? How do we start?
It is completely normal to be a bit unsure about how the process of counselling might unfold. Personally, I would prefer to have an initial session for us to see if we would like to work with each other. If we decide to, we can proceed and if not, I can point you towards other professionals or resources.
What happens in a session is dependant on the person and the issue that we are working on. However, it is important to note that the process is completely voluntary and I will not ask you to do anything you are not comfortable with. If you are still a bit uncertain, feel free to reach out and I will address any concerns you may have.
How will my confidentiality be maintained?
The counsellor and client will enter into a confidentiality agreement before agreeing to work together. This means that everything that happens during the session is protected and kept a secret. There are a few clauses under which confidentiality can be broken. The client will be thoroughly informed about this. I will also specifically address this topic before we agree to work together.
Occasionally the counsellor might talk about the session to their supervisor to obtain guidance. All identifying information will be left out and the client's identity will be kept a secret.
I have more questions. Where can I obtain clarification?
Feel free to use the chat feature on the site, email me, or send me a text on WhatsApp.