UNIQUE COUNSELLING APPROACH

Psychoeducational - Sharing relevant psychological principles and concepts to help clients get a deeper understanding of their issues such that they feel empowered to address them, referred to as ‘a sense of agency’ in psychology.

Grounded in empathy and positive regard - Fostering a feeling of connection and chemistry between client and therapist or ‘therapeutic alliance’ as it is referred to in counselling which makes all the difference in the effectiveness of the therapy.

Insightful - Arriving at meaningful insights that drive psychological breakthroughs based on skillfully mining ‘data’ provided by the client given that our thoughts and emotions are valuable data about us and the inner workings of our mind.

Evidence based - Using therapeutic interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy scientifically proven to be effective in treating psychological issues, integrating elements from different schools of therapy to best meet the needs of each client.

Outcome oriented - Working together with the client to develop a shared understanding of what outcomes and changes will best assist them in bringing about lasting positive change including better mental health and achieving personal goals.

Non directive - Helping clients think things through based on their values rather than telling them what to do - in keeping with the principle of self-determination or faith in and respect for the client's own ability to solve their issues with the right support provided in counselling.

COUNSELLING EXPERTISE AREAS

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Work Stress & Burnout
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Personality Disorders
  • Relationship & Marital Problems
  • Behavioural Addiction
  • Grief, Loss & Trauma
  • Emotional Adjustment Issues

COUNSELLING THERAPY PHILOSOPHY

It’s an open secret that like with our physical health, all of us struggle with some degree of mental health issues in life be it chronic stress, anxiety, burn out, addiction, depression. Research shows that when it comes to psychological issues the average delay between onset of symptoms and actual intervention is 8-10 years! Why is that? We often ignore our mental wellbeing either because of the stigma associated with seeking help, or a lack of awareness, or just plain wishful thinking hoping that over time the issues will sort themselves out. In the meanwhile we continue to suffer needlessly, impacting our mental health further, adversely affecting the quality of our life.

There are two aspects to anything: our objective reality (what’s happening), and our subjective reality (how we are feeling about what’s happening). Most of us operate largely at the level of our objective reality without having an understanding of our subjective reality whereas what drives us as human beings is the latter – how the dots join for us, from our individual lens, based on our thoughts (cognitions) and feelings (emotions). Every individual joins the dots differently determined by our personal history and life experiences. It’s like when we watch a movie, while the movie being screened is the same, everyone experiences it differently and has their own personal interpretation. An important aspect of mental health and emotional wellness is making sense of our subjective reality and counselling provides an avenue and a framework to be able to do so.

Contrary to the commonly held view that therapy is for people who can’t help themselves, in fact psychotherapy is for people who want to help themselves bring about lasting positive change i.e. ‘transformational change’.

During my younger years having myself struggled with social anxiety and the emotional adjustment issues that come with it - not to mention the shame and the pain because of self-stigma and the feeling of being judged - till I started to work on it in therapy, I can say that I have experienced first-hand the positive changes that effective counselling can bring about.

As a qualified and experienced psychologist, having worked with hundreds of people on their transformational journeys over the years, I have honed a unique approach that is effective in bringing about lasting change from the inside out.It is aimed at addressing psychological issues not just at the level of symptom relief referred to as the ‘presenting problem’ in counselling but at the level of the source i.e. the underlying root causes, referred to as the ‘actual problem’ by ‘peeling the layers of the onion’ to arrive at the core.

As a global citizen who has lived, studied and worked in different countries - including in London, UK, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, for over a decade- I have a comfort level with working with people across nationalities with different cultural sensibilities and from different walks of life. The varied profile of counselees that I have worked with include people from Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East as well as people from different professional, educational and socio economic backgrounds including senior corporate professionals, middle managers, entrepreneurs, university students and homemakers.

My counselling philosophy is that therapy is not just limited to helping you in the interim. It’s also about helping you help yourself in being your own therapist by facilitating self-awareness, sharing relevant knowledge about the workings of the mind based on the science of psychology as well as effective coping skills to help build emotional resilience or what I refer to as ‘psychological immunity’ akin to physical immunity.

Mental health is a lifelong journey. It is natural to have highs and lows along the way as mental wellness is not a linear process. Counselling is a valuable investment in one’s self and is increasingly being considered a part of self-care.

Taking care of our mental health proactively and seeking timely help for psychological stressors can prevent a downward spiral. My aim as a counselling psychologist is to work with people to stem a downward spiral and facilitate what I refer to as an upward spiral!

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