Sattva – My psychotherapy office named.

I’m writing after a gap of a little over a year.. What better way and time to re-start, than NOW 🙂 . This post is more of a personal happy update on my clinic office, Sattva.

My work space has shifted from a medical clinic set-up to a private psychotherapy office (late 2013). I’ve finally reached the name I’m satisfied with after a couple of months work of thinking, and wish to announce and share it with everyone – It’s named SATTVA 🙂 . It means- True Alignment. That pretty much sums up the general direction of counseling goals I have in mind as a counselor. And I’m very happy after months of googling, discussing with friends and family, along with client feedback and brainstorming with myself for finally having found an apt single word that says exactly what I mean to.

Setting the place up was another challenge. Clinic location, the seating inside, it’s position, the couch, wall colour, nick-nacks- what to add, what to leave, the general feel of the space.. it took a lot of researching, introspection, going over client feedback over the years… and shopping. While I’ve only begun adding the little touches, the office is very much operational and am contented with the cozy, warm yet spacious enough place for people to feel just enough comfort to be able to open up and discuss painful things as well as feel lighter. Couldn’t have done it without family and friends 🙂

It’s nice and green and brown 🙂 . While I feel the space is great, clients too have shared they like the warm space hundred times better than meeting in a clinical setting. The couch helps accelerate things as well, as I have been witnessing. So all set for 2014, I’m ready for this additional year to enrich life.

Sharing a couple of photos :

This is how it looks from the outside-

Sattva exterior
The inner counseling room:
This is one of the seating arrangements used for Individual/ Couple’s Counseling-
counseling seating
 A closer look at what the couch at Sattva looks like, for individuals who prefer this seating:
couch
Here is what your Counseling room at Sattva actually looks like:
Sattva full inner room
A big warm Thank you to everyone who’s been supportive, helpful in getting Sattva to happen and for your generous blessings and well wishes. I hope to continue doing the same work with more commitment, greater focus and larger reach.
Good to be back on wordpress,
Towards mental health and well-being,
Kunjal.

“Flowing Insights Programme” : Bibliotherapy

What is bibliotherapy? Well, these sessions are soon going to begin here in Mumbai that I will be designing and facilitating. On this account, today’s article is on Therapeutic value of books and their discussions..

Lets take a light, fantasy filled classic for example- Alice in Wonderland, which talks about simply, GROWING UP! It unconsciously takes our mind on a journey acquainting us with the range of emotions we may experience while going through that sort of change- where the old has lost it’s value and the new seems pleasantly or unpleasantly different. How often do we come across this sort of a change?- change of job? getting a job? getting used to changes in people around us? getting in the dating scene? Entering in a committed relationship? opting for a different health regime and actually staying on it? .. The list is endless and the therapeutic use of this book (when used well), vast.

On the other hand there’s The Road Less Travelled. It shares Dr. Peck’s version of a map of life from his professional (psychotherapist) experience and the journey of his clients. So he directly talks about-events, approaches, attitudes, suggested solutions, processes, etc- that pertain to the problems-big, tiny or small. The book (when used smartly) allows an individual to look squarely at things we face everyday, in various forms and intensities- rejection, success, loss, tolerance, love, romance,  rebirth, transformation, death, joy, hopes, miracles, etc. So when, how and whom can bibliotherapy with this book benefit? The answer is obvious- at any stage of adult life. Whether its an ill person in the family one has to take care of, or understanding our own disorderliness and mental blocks, if we are going through a tough time in life for whichever reason, or simply looking to “up” the game of life on the next phase or level- bibliotherapy through this book certainly paves a way.

There is a condition though, that applies in using help, guidance or a starting point or material for discussions from books- as discussed in the prior article– the ideas and solutions presented or perceived from the books are not writ in stone! These ideas require examining, trial & error (under an experienced facilitator preferably), sharing-editing-retesting of experiences and thus learning what’s best for us practically.

Bibliotherapy is thus, help and healing through books, carefully selected by a bibliotherapist and conducted through reading jointly, or having a post-reading discussion, or through activities designed to apply the written word in real life or a combination of these methods.

I’m very happy to announce that from 18th June, I will be facilitating, in capacity of a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, such Bibliotherapy sessions in Mumbai (One example- The book selected for VT venue is The Road Less Travelled see http://helplibrary.blogspot.cotop 5 booksm/2011/06/workshops-on-biblio-therapy-flowing.html)

Best wishes for the journey, see you there! 🙂

If you have differing ideas and book and venue suggestions- do write to me. You may leave a comment here or at: kunjal.s.psy@gmail.com