Clinical Psychologist and Special Educator, M.Phil.Clinical Psychology,
Smriti has been passionately involved with the field of Clinical Psychology – practice, training and teaching – for almost 10 year now. She is an expert when it comes to conducting psychoeducational
and psychodiagnostic assessments. She has worked with adults, children and adolescents and her
ability to form instant rapport and empathetic attitude with any age group makes her work successfully with all age groups. Smriti is good with individual therapy as well as in conducting group psychotherapy and lately has started providing her services over the internet too.
1. What’s the biggest myth about therapy?
The biggest myth about therapy is that it is simply a “talking cure”..when it is not just
plain simple talking that the therapist does. Therapy is based on well researched scientific
principles and aims at helping the individual become more self reliant.
2.What’s the most challenging part about being a therapist?
The most challenging part about being a therapist is to not get emotionally involved
with the client even though its so human to get carried away and get biased and emotionally involved with a fellow human’s overwhelming emotions/ story.
3.What personally do you do to cope with stress in your life?
I am a very positive person believe strongly in the principles of the Bhagvad Gita, especially
the one which says whatever happens is for our good and we do realize it later.
I also go out for long walks which help me stay calm. I watch my children play and laugh
which teaches me to take things as they come and forget the negative events fast just as
4.Why is depression and loneliness on the rise despite so many ways for people to stay connected?
Depression and loneliness is definitely on the rise due to people spending more time
on individual personal goals forgetting that we are social beings unlike many other animals
and the need for actual real time social and emotional interactions is a must in addition to
the other virtual means available. Also, quality matters and quantity don’t..a trustworthy
relationship with just one friend with whom one can ones true self and share just about
anything is more important than having a 100 people on ones social networking page..
5.Tell us a little about the evolution in the field of mental wellness
Well, an essay can be written on this but in short the need for mental wellness is gaining
recognition at a lightening speed for people in various settings be it personal or professional
have realized that to have a healthy body , a healthy mind is a must.
In fact, Indians have been the most aware in this direction as compared to the rest of the world and have always been spiritually and emotionally oriented attending satsangs, yoga camps and sharing their woes with either family or village elders, which all lead to peace of mind and healthy living. Now, with the presence of Psychiatrists and psychologists medical and psychotherapeutic help too is available to people who feel dissatisfied with the way they are or are suffering from emotional and psychological disturbances.
And for those who feel a little hesitant to visit a professional in person due to stigma associated with mental illnesses or who are too busy or for those who are unsure if they really need such assistance virtual psychological clinics/ help is available. You can connect with a mental health professional in complete anonymity sitting n your office cubicle or your house and discuss your problems and gain further guidance regarding the issues one is facing.
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