I’ve been working as an individual psychotherapist since 2010. In 2017 I decided to expand my practice to include young therapists looking for a platform. My hope for Mansitherapy was quality therapy which moved away from the medicalisation and clinicalisation of human suffering. I feel mental health needs to move away from a clinical model to a heart model. Therapy needs heart and that is my vision for the space.
The days I feel demotivated, which are plenty! I ask myself “ who would be worse off if my work didn’t exist?” Plus I understand that motivation is moody, if I keep waiting for motivation I might just be sitting on my balcony drinking chai mostly!
This is a challenge for me. Recently with the help of a therapist I’m learning how to practice self care. Earlier it was about being with children, working out, eating well. But what I didn’t realise is self care also needs to “feel” good vs only being what is good
The biggest challenge facing is patriarchy And toxic masculinity in homes. I think it’s essential we start at a school level on gender sensitivity and EQ training. To start working with parents on these topics. Raising as much awareness as we can.
I would hope we can retain some of our traditional philosophies and yogic practices which are priceless when dealing with mental health. The good news is- awareness will only increase and more people will start advocating and reaching out for support. However, I see an extremely medicalised and clinical approach to mental health which starts a vicious cycle of furthering human suffering and stigmatising mental health.