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Mental Health in India
Mental health is a new entrant in the field of health in India. India, with its tradition of joint families and close-knit friends, had always depended on this extended network for help and support. But with more people moving to cities and living alone or in nuclear families, loneliness has grown especially among the youth. More women are going to office than ever before, balancing work and family, while men are navigating the complex world of social change.
Gradually, mental health is no longer a taboo subject brushed under the carpet. People are talking more openly about their emotions and anxieties than ever before. Parents are concerned with their children’s state of mind, while corporates are taking care of employees’ mental health. The media, too, is fast catching up and talking openly about abuse, the mental health conditions of those breaking the law, and even deaths due to depression or trauma.
In this progressive climate, it is encouraging to see Indians coming online to speak openly about their experiences and reaching out to counsellors. Mental health as a profession has come of age here, with a growing number of certified psychologists who are bringing in their experience as well as their understanding of local cultures and languages to offer advice that is authentic and tailor made to the Indian cultural and social experience.
It is important that as individuals, we recognise the need for therapy, which is exactly like any physical ailment; that we support our friends and family when they want to visit a therapist; and embrace a culture of honesty.
Most counselling sessions are conducted on an individual basis where an individual seeks out a therapist and works on their personal issues and goals. This type of counselling is especially helpful for people who are grappling with major life changes, looking to grow and mature, trying to heal and move on from past traumas, or seeking to heal their own wounds before taking major steps in life such as marriage.
Depending on the individual’s needs, the therapist will ask the client to undertake certain tasks such as maintaining a journal, or talking to a loved one about a particular issue. These tasks are meant to make the individual self-sufficient and aware of their own thoughts, actions, and behaviours. This is where the real work of therapy begins.
From this point, the therapist will help the individual probe deep into their own psyche in an effort to help them understand the motivations behind their actions. This requires conscious awareness of one’s thought patterns, emotions and behaviours, obsessions, anxieties, stresses, phobias and so on. Actively working towards changing these patterns is a lifetime struggle, but one that becomes easier to do with the right tools provided by the therapist.
Puberty is a trying time in everyone’s life. Your body is going through a whole host of changes, hormones are all over the place, suddenly you are understanding and comprehending things you never could before, and you can no longer ignore the bad stuff in your life. You are growing up, and that is difficult and confusing and awkward and embarrassing on the best of days.
Due to these hormonal changes and the subsequent change in the individual’s personal and social lives, it is very common to be susceptible to peer pressure, bullying, and even toxic and damaging behaviours. It is easy to get swayed by other people’s opinions and commit atrocious acts. Additionally, if you are genetically predisposed towards mental illness, this is the prime age for those to make themselves known.
Due to this ever-changing landscape known as adolescence, it is important that teenagers go to the right therapist. Adolescence counselling is its own field and requires a very sensitive touch. The right therapist can impact lives and help teenagers realize their potential, while simultaneously soothing wounds before they etch too deep. Another advantage of consulting a therapist at this age is that talking about your emotions, issues, and thoughts becomes normalized, and it is easier to consult a therapist as an adult.
Counselling leaves teenagers better equipped for adulthood and independence. It makes them more emotionally secure, grounded, and ready to face life’s challenges.
Society is obsessed with the idea of romantic relationships and marriages, which rubs off on all of us. Due to this idea of a ‘soulmate’, people often enter relationships with unrealistic expectations and rose-tinted glasses. It is not surprising that a lot of relationships end up being extremely unhealthy, toxic, and even abusive. Even those that are not unhealthy can leave people feeling unsatisfied or misunderstood.
Couples’ therapy can help with such dissatisfactions or depression caused by unfulfilled wishes from a romantic partner. In this kind of therapy, it is important to understand the role of communication – this includes voicing your emotions and thoughts, as well as actively listening to your partner and making necessary changes to your behaviour.
While it may sound simple, miscommunication creates the most friction in relationships and is the most common reason couples go to therapy. A therapist is there to facilitate this communication and bridge the gap between the partners. Sometimes it may happen that couples decide to end their relationship post therapy. In this context it is important to note that this does not happen because of therapy, but simply because therapy exposed the incompatibility of the partners. Very often, therapy strengthens the bond between partners and leaves them feeling fulfilled, understood, and heard.