Career guidance
Why is Career planning and guidance Important? Does Career Guidance make a difference?

Your career is totally your responsibility. Career planning and guidance helps one to develop a set of career goals, strategy and options based on your aptitude, interests, personality, values and skills. Once you have a plan, you will be equipped to self-manage your career and take advantage of changes in the economy and job market rather than becoming a victim of change. Your career decisions will dramatically impact your lifestyle. Your occupation will determine where you live, your income, your work hours, your travels, job security, your choice of work associates and friends, and how you spend your leisure time.

What is Career Assessment?

An assessment is a series of questions or statements that one answers or responds to, that are then scored by hand or computer. The results are provided in a report that measures or gives feedback on the particular topic (aptitude, personality, interest, adjustment, etc.) of the assessment. A Career Assessment gives information about careers and helps one make wise career-related decisions.

When should I seek Career guidance for my child?

Generally Guidance is sought when the child is in 8th grade for ICSE,IGCSE, IB. For SSC and CBSE in 9th and 10th grade. It can also be done at any point of time when one is considering a career change.

How do I know which counselling approach is most suited to me?

For your therapy to be effective, it’s important you work with a counsellor or psychotherapist you feel you can eventually trust. At your first meeting both you and the therapist will have an opportunity to honestly decide if you will benefit from working together.

Is what I say confidential? 

Yes.  All client-therapist conversations are private and confidential.  It is also confidential information that a person is meeting with a counselor.  As a licensed social worker, I follow the professional ethical standards of the National Association of Social Workers.  Only in rare exceptions when the safety of a client or other is at risk can disclosure of confidential client-therapist information take place.

How often will we meet?

To begin, we will meet once a week. I find it’s important to gain some momentum in the beginning by meeting weekly or progress can stall out. Once some or all of your goals are met, meeting less often will make sense

How long do appointments last?

Appointments are 50 minutes to one hour. This is the standard length of a counseling session.

What happens during the first session?

The initial session is the time for you to start to share your story, talk about your goals and what you would like to change. Another important aspect of the first session is deciding if we are a good fit. Do I seem like someone you can trust? We are establishing a relationship that will become the foundation for working together. You will begin to figure out some goals; I will begin to figure out how to help you get there.

What can I expect from therapy?

Once you have made a decision to see a therapist, you still might be apprehensive about the process. Many people feel nervous before their first appointment. Therapy is a shared journey; a shared process. And, although you and I will travel together, it is ultimately your journey and you will make your own decisions. I do not have answers to all your concerns, but I do have the ability to listen carefully and will ask thoughtful questions. Your answers to these questions will help shape the direction of our work. You can expect to be respected. You can expect that I will offer opinions and suggestions from time to time but I will not tell you what to do.

At what age should I have my child evaluated if I suspect learning difficulties?

Early intervention is always the best course in order to prevent later problems. This is especially important if problems are moderate or severe. However, mild problems with learning may not be detected until second or third grade, or even later. By second or third grade, even mild problems can usually be diagnosed. However, no age is too late for an evaluation.

How do I make the payment for the services?

You can pay by cash, NEFT or cheque.

Can we meet virtually? Do you provide online counseling?

I find that the best therapy happens with face-to-face sessions. Established clients, who usually meet with me in the office, can occasionally conduct sessions by telephone or secure video platform to help meet your needs when traveling out of town, inclement weather, home with a sick child, etc.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

In basic terms, a psychiatrist is a registered doctor who can diagnose mental illness and prescribe medication. Psychologists and psychotherapists will offer talking therapy and would not typically provide diagnoses or medication (though they will have a good understanding of the diagnosis or even medication that might be applicable). Where necessary they will liaise with psychiatrists to support you further.

Occupational therapy
Does my child really require occupational therapy, wont he cope up as he grows?

If the child is facing difficulties in daily activities such as paying attention to a task, needing to be told repeatedly to complete a task, having trouble concentrating on homework, difficulties with copying from the blackboard, messy handwriting, such issues might actually become challenging for the child without timely intervention. Hence Occupational Therapy will help to remediate these issues so that the child can function to the best of their abilities.

How does occupational therapy help?

Occupational therapy makes it possible for children with physical and developmental challenges, academic difficulties and injuries to function in day-to-day activities such as self care, schooling and live their lives to their fullest potential.