“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” ― Roy T. Bennett It’s never too late to go for a therapy. Given the fact that you wish to ask for a help from a professional, itself is the sign of strength.  Sometimes we just need a hearing ear to vent out with our concerns and not give any opinion or advises on it. Well, we’ve got counsellors for that. They work on the basic motto, not to indulge in any advice giving, persuasion, manipulation or guidance giving behaviours. They help you to help yourself. They will work as GPS and assist you to reach your goals through the path full of hurdles. It’s time to show little trust in professionals and give a knock on their doors. In Indian culture, there is a stigma attached to mental health problems and disorders. No one really wishes to talk about mental health problems and it’s always been dealt with secretively. People do not even acknowledge the early emerging symptoms, which later might grow into mental health disorders. Physical problems can be spoken about out open in public then why not mental health problems? Isn’t brain and mind part of our body? Why do we disown them conveniently? Only if you take care of mind and brain, your bodily health will be fit and fine and vice versa. It’s a vicious circle. There are many emotional issues that find a corner in our heart and refuse to die down. They stay with us as unfinished businesses. If not dealt with at that time itself, they might come out in uglier ways later. With time, these issues can transform into a sort of emotional tumour that impacts negatively on our daily life, such as lack of concentration, enthusiasm, self-respect, will to change, encouragement, and so on. We, as counsellors, try to dig deep into the issue to address the root cause of the problem after carefully listening the patients, and help in changing the pattern of their thinking and beliefs. It helps in fighting back the problems at hand with much more confidence. You’re one step away from taking a professional help. You yourself have one powerful tool of HOPE, it’s just time to use it now!
Rasika Karkare

I am a certified therapist and have an experience of working with various psychological vulnerabilities for more than 4.5 years. I have been working with adults in the age range 18-40 years who present a wide range of emotional/mental health concerns. In my practice, I strictly adhere to therapies based on scientific evidence and value ethical guidelines provided by APA (American Psychological Association).