We’ve together some of the questions and FAQs clients commonly ask before therapy. We urge you to go through them before your first session.
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Priyanka is the Founder of TTC and a mental health professional who specializes in clinical psychology, counseling and psychotherapy. She has previously trained in London and then in Mumbai. Her experience spans over 10 years where she has worked with a wide spectrum of the population. Her framework of therapy is Rogerian but she often draws on other schools of thought to better aid the client.
Unnati is the Head of Programs at TTC and a mental health professional who specialises in counselling psychology and queer affirmative work. Their experience spans 4 years where they have worked with children, and adults from different socio-economic backgrounds. They have also volunteered at various organisations through the years and their time with a suicide helpline number is the one they enjoyed the most. Unnati uses an inclusive framework and often draws upon the mind-body connection in their work.
She is a mental health practitioner at TTC with a specialisation in clinical psychology and adolescent mental health care. She has completed her training in Mumbai and London. Zahra is experienced in working with adolescents and young adults in various clinical setups. She uses a narrative framework of therapy.
Sarika is a mental health practitioner with a specialisation in clinical psychology. She has been a part of The Thought Co. over the past years growing from an intern, to content head and now a practicing psychologist. Sarika has also volunteered at various NGOs and worked with various populations, trying to explore different aspects of psychology for more experience and learning.
When in doubt we will answer!
Here are some common questions we are asked
There is no single answer for how counselling works. Counselling is a unique process that is tailor-made to your needs and goals. The one size fits all rule does not apply here. In your journey with your psychologist, you will uncover thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that are fundamental to you. Some of this may be helpful and some unhelpful, which you may desire to shed.
At The Thought Co. your psychologist’s goal in therapy is not to tell you right from wrong, make decisions for you, or be your fortune teller. As a psychologist, our goal is to go on a therapeutic journey with you as you uncover yourself and find ways to achieve your goals. We believe that this will create a shift in your behaviour, emotions, and thoughts. This will result in a shift in your life and environment.
If different situations in your life cause significant distress, overwhelm you with emotions or make you feel incapable of dealing with them alone, it might be a good idea to seek help. Also, if you feel like you need it, without any “reason”, that is also valid. Many different thought processes and life challenges affect us in our daily life and therapy will give you more space and time to explore and find new healthy ways of dealing with them.
It is important to find the right therapist-match for you. We understand that looking for a right therapist can be difficult sometimes. List down all the qualities you want in your therapist before you start looking for one. Make sure you talk to them before your first session so you get an understanding of the therapist and their personality. Click here to watch the video where we talk about how to go therapy-shopping!
Of course! We believe that it is very important that you know and understand your psychologist before starting therapy with them. A preliminary call will give you an introduction and a feel of how your future communications will go about. It will allow you to judge whether or not you gel with them and want them to give you guidance and help you. Contact us or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further communication and we will get you in touch with the psychologist you’re interested in for a free 15 minute call.
The first session in counseling is like meeting any new health professional for the first time. This session is almost always dedicated to getting to know each other, developing our therapeutic relationship and learning about therapy. At TTC we like to send a basic intake form prior to the first session to know more about you. You can see our IGTV video on what we should expect in the first therapy session!
You first decide whether you want to continue to speak with the concerned therapist. If yes, you decide about the frequency of your sessions and the therapeutic journey begins. Payments are charged in a monthly invoice after the initial session.
We suggest that you should first discuss this with your counselor and try to have an open conversation with them. Remember the journey of therapy is your own and you decide whom you chose to travel along with. If you still feel that you want to change your counselor then please email us at email@example.com
Privacy and Confidentiality- Your privacy and confidentiality is important and highly valued by us. Your journey with us at The Thought Co. is 100% confidential. At TTC we have shared confidentiality with our team members this means that your therapy sessions might be shared with the other team members in order to ensure best practice on our part. Our team is also bound by confidentiality.
Confidential incase of a minor – Incase of a minor we might reveal certain information to the guardian this is done to ensure safety of the minor. The information revealed to the guardian is preferably discussed with the minor prior depending upon the minor’s competency and ideally consensus is reached about the information to be disclosed.
Limits to confidentiality- The counselor must breach confidentiality when they are worried about harm to yourself or others. Over here preferably you will be explicitly informed about the steps the counselor is going to carry out in order to safeguard the individuals involved.
Relationship other than therapeutic with the counselors- Your counselor only shares a professional relationship with you. This is done to safeguard you from harm and to ensure the professional performance of the counselor
A minimum 24 hours advance notice is required for a cancelled appointment, for no fee to be levied. If informed during the 24 hour period 50% of the counselling fee will be levied. If no information has been shared the full fee of the session will be levied. We appreciate you sending us a message (text or whatsapp) on our office number(+91 77180 69340) to inform us regarding any changes with your appointment. If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
Apart from therapy, The Thought Co. also administers different tests- ranging from IQ to personality tests. We also conduct different workshops on various topics like self care, mandala making, sexuality, etc. TTC conducts Employee Engagement Programs for organisations. Here, the goal is to ensure a safe space for all employees of the organisation to equip them with better intra and interpersonal skills.
We do not offer helpline services, career or study counselling, special needs education or 24 hours emergency help. However, we have put together a post of various emergency or helpline numbers you can reach out to for immediate help