Why I didn't take the Academic route to Therapy.

I'm a trained professional coach, along with trainings in western, eastern, & alternative therapeutic modalities. I'm also a spiritual practitioner and have an established yogic & meditation practice.

The tools I work with are immersed in depth psychology, somatic work, indigenous and ancient spiritual practices, & holistic coaching techniques.

I use different therapeutic modalities in my work because I know the right therapeutic container can be an extremely powerful space for healing, however, I'm NOT a licensed psychotherapist or counselor, nor do I wish to practice as one.

There are a number of reasons why I choose to follow a different path, the most compelling is:
Western psychology views anything that is beyond the "norm" to be a disorder, a problem to be fixed, a defect. The space of counseling/ therapy today is dominated by this western view of psychology.

However, psychology - which means 'study of the mind' - is much more ancient than this dominant view of it. The late 19th century marked the start of psychology as a scientific enterprise. Patanjali said, "Yoga chitta vritti nirodha" - Yoga removes the fluctuations of the mind - in early centuries CE. Buddha achieved enlightenment - there's controversy about the exact date, but all controversial dates are from BC! Also, of course, scientists are still catching up with the Budhha, for eg., Buddha spoke about the smallest particle 'kalapa' back then without any fancy scientific tools - the Quark model was first proposed in 1968!

So really, we need to pause and ask ourselves whether modern day approach to psychological issues as "disorders" is the most effective way, or if there's something else that might be more beneficial & whole.

We must investigate if these "disorders" are really DIS-orders, or were THESE-orders created to cope with the disorder in & around your life at that time.

We might want to re-think if labeling & boxing ourselves, thereby, promoting judgement & shame, is the best way out of a situation which was in the first place created due to the all pervasive judgement & shame in the society at large.

To get some more perspective about what I've shared here, you may choose to watch:

Myth of Normal, CrazyWise, &/ read Bessel van der Kolk's Interview.

All this is not to demean what psychologists, psychiatrists, & therapists do - there are definitely many doing some amazing work out there. Though in my experience, I've found the most effective ones to be those who have gone beyond the scientific modern approach of psychology, & have a number of different modalities to work with.

There are two other reasons why I choose the off beaten path:
1. Most degrees - Bachelors/ Masters/ PhD - make you 'specialize' in a specific theoretical orientation. This takes away the opportunity to learn from diverse orientations, thereby, limiting the skills a therapist/ counselor hones. As mentioned above, being able to work with different modalities is a critical piece.

2. Licensing/ Certification - Like most such systems, the ideology behind licensing/ certification must have been well-intended - to ensure high standards. However, now, it seems more like a business.

I prefer not being in such a loop. And for me, my certification is my
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For Self-Healing, or any deep Inner-Work, you need a reliable Self that can hold space for itself.

I guide you in connecting to this Self, that's always been there in you, through: 
- The Body (Yogic Practices, Intuitive Eating Guidance, Somatic Work)
- The Mind (Cognitive Processing, Narratives, Parts Work, Beliefs)
- The Emotions (Psycho-Education, Embodiment, Tolerance, Befriending, Presence, Compassionate Inquiry)
- The Beyond (Tantra, Non-Duality, The Greater View)

I work at the nexus of Coaching, Therapeutic Practices, & Spirituality, employing a myriad of different modalities - like, Integral Somatic Psychology, Grounding, Observing, Investigating, Resourcing, Internal Family Systems, Inner Child Work, Buddhist Mahayana Teachings, Arts Based Therapy, Meditative Practices, Breathing Techniques, Ancestor work, Energy work, to name a few.