My Personal Philosophy

therapy

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I have always been enthusiastic about working in a therapeutic role with clients to help them making positive changes in their lives. I enjoy undertaking adult therapy and working with children, adolescents and their families.

From previously working as a Residential Youth Worker, SEN Teacher and finally as a Psychologist in-training in a Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS) I have a great deal of experience of working with children and adolescents. These experiences include, but not limited to abuse, anger management, anxiety, bereavement, bullying, challenging behaviour, eating difficulties, fears and phobias, low self-esteem, self-harm, separation/divorce, sibling rivalry and child-parent conflicts.

The role I held as a residential youth worker in the past laid the foundation for my personal philosophy as a psychologist. The awareness I gained through my involvement with young people who were severely traumatised was that often diagnoses and labels overshadowed the real underlying issues. I witnessed how those crucial factors were often overlooked. By undertaking the doctorate training I hoped that this profession would enable me to build therapeutic relationships with people, enabling positive change and a chance for clients to explore underlying issues.

Additionally, I have clinical experience of undertaking therapy with adults where I have previously volunteered as a support worker and Counsellor in-training in a psychiatric rehabilitation home. There, I worked with clients who were experiencing schizophrenia, eating disorders, chronic depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and dementia. I used Cognitive-Behavioural techniques and counselling to support clients to make positive changes in their lives. I gained experience of the nature of various psychiatric disorders and the psychological difficulties associated with each disorder. I worked in a solution-focussed manner to support clients to build on their strengths. Ensuring that I heard and acknowledged my client’s pain and built a collaborative relationship with them was a key part of this role. I have also previously worked as a Psychologist in-training with adults within the National Health Service (NHS) both in an Adult Physical Health Department and an Adult Mental Health Department where again I was able to see how a therapeutic relationship can enable adults to explore their lives, make sense of them and overcome current difficulties.

Coming from an Indian culture where physical and emotional abuse against children are still common and often still accepted rather than challenged, I am particularly passionate about promoting the welfare of children who have experienced traumatic experiences. I am observant, empathic and sensitive but able to look after myself and remain psychologically healthy. I have the ability to consider complex situations from various perspectives in a non-judgmental way.

Over my lifetime I have spent time living in Asian and European countries. These experiences have given me a great deal of understanding about different cultures and how culture can impact on an individual’s childhood, sense of self and also how different cultures regard and work with mental health difficulties. I feel my experiences put me in a good position to work effectively with people from different cultures and backgrounds and to be empathic to cultural specific needs.

Working in an area which I am very passionate about is rewarding and gives me the greatest job satisfaction. I believe that through Stepping Stones Psychology I would bring both experience and enthusiasm to the psychology services I would be offering you.