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A psychiatrist is a doctor who treats the symptoms  stemming from mental health related illnesses with medications. While a psychologist is a mental health professional who is trained to treat mental health related illnesses through various therapies like psychotherapy, counselling, play therapy, expressive arts therapy and so on.

One should seek counselling when certain aspects of their mental health have started affecting the other areas of their life, it can range from the smallest of concerns such as personality development, self-discovery, life stressors to the most distressing ones such as panic attacks, depression, anxiety, mood fluctuations, grief, trauma and so on. These signs and symptoms could be due to any significant reasons like chronic stressors due to relationship conflicts, financial crisis, poor body image, low confidence, career difficulties etc.

Our on-board psychiatrists do provide medications if necessary. Medications are only necessary as per the severity of the symptoms the client is suffering from.

These medications are usually helpful when an individual is experiencing extreme signs of distress which is affecting or interrupting his/her functioning like day to day tasks, work life, relationship, aggression or increased emotional reactivity, forgetfulness, constant fatigue, panic attacks or consistent anxiety, suicidal thoughts, too much sleep or lack of it and appetite increased or decreased.

Therapy, also known as psychotherapy  or  counselling, provides a safe and non-judgmental space along with a strong alliance between you and your therapist to improve upon your current functioning. It is designed to help increase your personal insight, promote healthy behaviour and improve upon or teach new methods for coping with your mental health concerns.

There are various types of talk therapies and each is different from the other in its approach to treating the presenting issue. Some forms of therapy are insight-oriented where they strive to increase your awareness of the unconscious motivations and historical explanations for your current patterns. Other forms of therapy are more active in teaching you specific, research-based techniques to help you change your negative thinking, managing stress, improving your mood and enhancing the quality of your relationships.

The time frame for therapy depends on various factors such as the severity of the client’s concerns, the need of the client, the gap between consecutive therapy sessions and the improvement in the client’s mental health post therapy sessions.  Generally, therapy takes a few weeks, having a minimum of at least one session per week. Some patients / clients see major improvements in 6 to 8 weeks whereas some need more long term intervention based on the complexity of the case.

The changes that you can expect out of therapy depend on the goals set by you at the preliminary stage of therapy. However, the main goal of therapy is to improve your quality of life and provide you with better overall functioning.

Eventually, yes. However, therapy is more than just a feel-good process. Therapy encourages you to work on your unhealthy negative emotions, challenges your distorted thinking patterns and urges you to change your self-defeating behaviour so that you don’t only feel better but also get better.

It depends on the cases however, we do not prefer to give any direct advice, suggestions or solutions to our clients to solve their issues temporarily as we believe in making our patient / clients independent of themselves. We do help them with various skills and techniques needed to resolve their issue at hand and feel independent in themselves to improve their resilience for long term management in life.

Therapy and Psychiatric consultations are absolutely confidential. A therapist is required to maintain confidentiality about everything said in sessions between the two of you and  there are laws and regulations in place to protect your privacy, confidentiality is also a key part of psychology’s code of ethics. This means your therapist understands from the very beginning that in order for you to feel comfortable in sharing  your information with them, you need to know that it will be kept safe.

Psychological tests are scientific tools that aid a clinician in not only diagnosing mental illnesses, if any but also help in attaining an objective understanding and insight into the nature of the presenting problem. This further aids in planning therapy sessions which in turn helps an individual reach faster towards their psychological well-being.

The assessments required are based on the nature of the problem and may or may not be recommended depending on the same.

We provide therapy to individuals across lifespan, including but not limited to children ranging from 2 years of age to geriatric population (60+ years of age). We have a team of psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physiotherapist, & nutritionist employed at our centre, specialized in different fields who cater to different needs of different age groups.

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  2. Rational-Emotive Behavioral therapy
  3. Person-Centred Therapy
  4. Existential Therapy
  5. Gestalt Therapy
  6. Behavioral Therapy
  7. Play and Art Therapy

Yes, we do provide online counselling services. In the realm of the changing times, to benefit our clients across the globe we conduct our sessions on online video platforms. Moreover, we have found online counselling to have its own benefits in terms of comfort, time availability as well as confidentiality that does enhance the therapy process in its own way.

We at Reflect Within recommend a therapist for you after understanding your chief complaints and issues upon initial contact. You may feel free to provide us with your input and preferences, keeping that in mind, we shall assign you a therapist best suited to help you with your concerns and requirements.