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To my fellow practitioners, I advocate embracing the fear of not knowing everything about the human experience, for within that gap lies an opportunity to learn!

Written by Anushka Maheshwary (They/Them)

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My journey as a therapist unfolded against the backdrop of my own identity as a queer woman with a passion for addressing the large care gap in mental healthcare. My identity has played a pivotal role in shaping my therapeutic approach. It has instilled in me a heightened sensitivity to the nuances of diverse experiences, particularly within the queer community. This journey, intertwined with my clients' stories, propelled me to forge a therapeutic approach rooted in the narrative lens and a robust commitment to social justice.




There has always been a profound resonance for me in the idea that our stories aren't singular; they're intricate and multifaceted. Our lives aren't linear; we're entangled in a web of factors, institutions, and circles, shaping our experiences at every moment. For example, my profession, where I live, my sexuality, my gender identity, and the people around me all impact my sense of self. I understand that different societal forces are acting upon me and have shaped me into who I am today. When addressing concerns in therapy, it's important to consider all of these factors and how those concerns are socially located.



Unfortunately, the current curriculum lacks a clear LGBTQIA+ centered approach. Therapists need to go the extra mile, creating spaces that are visibly affirming and accommodating. We must undergo self-training, seek information, and actively engage in building inclusive spaces. It's not just about learning from books; it's about putting in the effort to understand diverse experiences. Clients should feel seen and understood, not left questioning the inclusivity of their therapist's environment. For example, sometimes my clients notice the posters in the background and smile when they see the pride flag. My advocacy for mental health extends beyond my work as a therapist to the online realm. Through @thecopingcentral on Instagram, I strive to make mental health conversations accessible, relatable, and inherently inclusive. 


To those seeking care, I emphasize the importance of questioning potential therapists. Ask about their beliefs, experiences with diverse backgrounds, and methodologies. This dialogue isn't confrontational but an essential step in building a trusting, long-term relationship with your therapist. To my fellow practitioners, I advocate embracing the fear of not knowing everything about the human experience, for within that gap lies an opportunity to learn!




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