Being a psychotherapist can be an isolating experience at times. You spend hours each day listening to and helping others be the best version of themselves. Being a psychotherapist, you help others on their journey to optimal living. However that does not mean psychotherapists are perfect. We do not always have our life together. We are not always perfect. We are not always the best at communication.

Clients can also have a hard time bringing up certain topics to their therapists because they feel like their therapist will definitely not be able to relate, making the assumption that therapists are always living a perfect life without any personal or relationship problems. Therapists have to process grief and trauma just the way our clients do. Psychotherapists may have personal and relationship issues that we have a hard time dealing with because we do not always remember the coping mechanisms and communication skills that we may teach our clients.

Being a psychotherapist is also an interesting experience because of the misconception that we are always analyzing everyone else’s actions and words. Every time I upload a mental health related story or post on social media, I find myself thinking and rethinking whether friends will automatically assume the material is about me or my relationship. Whenever I tell others about my profession, there is usually a comment such as “Oh I better watch what I say around you” as if to say a therapist will always be psychoanalyzing what others say.

Viewing the world from the eye of a therapist is very similar to the view from those who haven’t studied psychology. We have communication errors. We do not always pick up on others’ toxic behaviors or actions when applied to our own life. We also have to work on ourselves to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. So don’t worry about your image when you are in the room with a therapist for a therapy session, and definitely do not worry about your image when you happen to meet a therapist outside the therapy room.

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About the Author: Simran Bharadwaj
I approach therapy through a multicultural lens, aiming to guide clients through a journey of wellness, helping clients gain skills for optimal living. I take a holistic approach to therapy, including mindfulness and meditation, as well as therapy modalities, including CBT, DBT, and trauma-informed therapy. I received my Master’s in Counseling in Mental Health and Wellness at New York University. Prior to joining MWR, I worked at a private practice in Brooklyn where I provided psychotherapy to a diverse population of adult clients. I offer counseling services in English, Hindi and Gujarati. I approach therapy through a multicultural lens, aiming to guide clients through a journey of wellness helping clients gain skills for optimal living. I take a holistic approach to therapy including mindfulness and meditation as well as therapy modalities including CBT, DBT, and trauma informed therapy. Before beginning my career as a mental health counselor, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New York University and was a research assistant for three years at Teacher’s College, Columbia researching the stigma around psychosis in South America as well as the opioid crisis in Portland, Oregon. Schedule an appointment with me today to get started! Please also feel free to get in touch via email at [email protected] or phone at 347-903-0423 with any questions about the process.

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