My Therapeutic Approach
My primary work as a therapist is to provide a safe, comfortable and peaceful space where one can reconnect with one’s innate wisdom and well-being. Just as our bodies restore natural health with appropriate care, our emotional well-being is always within us even during the times when it does not feel to be so. People often have found counselling to be helpful in this process of reconnecting with inner well-being.
I attended the Integral Counseling Psychology (ICP) at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco for my training to become a therapist because I was attracted to their vision of combining Western psychology with Eastern philosophical and spiritual traditions and because of its strength in Transpersonal Psychology. Transpersonal Psychology is a study of humanity’s highest potential. The years that I spent at CIIS were truly life-altering. The therapeutic modalities that I studied during the graduate program include: Self Psychology, Gestalt, Couple therapy, Group dynamic, Bio-Energetic, Psychosythesis and Focusing, to name a few.
ICP mandated that students be in psychotherapy during the program as another dimension of personal growth, but also to experience the therapy process as recipients. It was also during this time when I started my study of meditation and spiritual practices under the guidance of Dr. Rina Sircar (Vipassana/Mindfulness) and Swami Chidvilasananda (Kashmir Shaivism) and the study continues till this day. It was the synthesis of all these various trainings that has become the foundation of my therapeutic attitude and approach.
My life as a therapist continues to evolve and in recent years my therapeutic work and training have been focused on what may be called a psychology of mind; one approach is psychotherapy based on Mindfulness, and the other approach is psychotherapy based on Principles which is a modality “whose goal is to awaken the natural resiliency and capacity for well-being in all people… through an understanding of the three principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought” (quoted from West Virginia University Institute of Innate Health). I also utilize EMDR with clients whose main concerns stem from the experience of deep traumas. EMDR is a nonintrusive, client-centered method of processing and providing relief from distressing memories and associations of past traumatic events.