Frequently Asked Questions
‘Mental Health’ refers to the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional well-being of an individual. In simpler terms, it’s about how people feel, think, and behave. The pre-conceived notion of mental health in our society is the presence of mental disorders, however as per the World Health Organisation “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Maintaining a healthy mental state means not only avoiding disabilities and disorders but also looking after ongoing wellness and happiness.
The importance of keeping your mental state in good health cannot be emphasized enough. Your mental health affects everything, from your daily activities to your relationships and also on your physical health. When you take better care of your own mental health, you preserve your ability to enjoy life. Taking good care of your mental health involves striking a balance between your life activities and responsibilities and the efforts that you put in to achieve mental resilience.
Counseling is working towards identifying your current issues or problems that might have you feeling stuck and are creating difficulty in your day-to-day functioning in specific areas. The counselor will help you work towards identifying the issue and then working on exploring potential solutions to those issues and implement them into your day-to-day lives. It may be short-term and focused.
Therapy is a long-term process that is specifically focused on long-standing attitudes, thoughts, behaviours and feelings that significantly impact your quality of life, relationships and/or work. Also, therapy is about gaining skills and a mindset for ongoing self-reflection and self-knowledge. More so, therapy seeks to uncover and/or modify the root or historical causes of your problems and hence is a more holistic and long-term process.
Counseling and Therapy is not just about ‘talking sessions’ where you address your problems or receiving ‘instant’ or ‘stop-gap’ solutions. It’s much more. Counseling and Therapy can teach you new ways to think and approach the difficult situations that are bothering you or hampering your personal/professional growth. It can help you cope with the wide array of reactive actions, feelings, and emotions which may inevitably have a negative impact on your overall well being.
If you are feeling some sort of discomfort or difficulty in regular life that you’ve also tried dealing with it by yourself. But sometimes what happens is that we are just not able to solve these issues and they become roadblocks in our day-today lives. These can also be early or childhood experiences that impact the way we live our life. As a result, this stress leads to an imbalance and seeking professional help is about getting the balance back. Experts can help you with the best ways to strike balance and function better in life. Also, being mentally healthy is not just about solving issues, it’s also about better overall functioning.
According to the Buddhist philosophy, human beings are born with immense potential and wisdom. We, at Sharnam, have a profound belief in the capability of humans. This potential and wisdom gets suppressed under the layers of conditioning, expectations, fears, negative experiences and destructive emotions. In such a state it is easier to get entangled in these layers rather than being more involved, centred and mindful in our life.
At Sharnam, we work towards recognising the underlying capabilities and potential of the individuals and help them forge their own path to come back to the wisdom that they have within themselves. Also, at Sharnam, we have fashioned an integrated approach of Arts Based Therapy, Buddhist psychology, Neuroscience, Western Psychology Practices, and Meditations to make this process more efficient and as effortless as possible.
Online counseling and therapy at Sharnam is a very effortless process. You start by browsing through the therapists listed on our portal and select one that you feel you’ll be able to connect better with. Then you go on to book an appointment with your preferred date, time, and communication medium for your session. The payment instruction will be sent to you over email. After the payment is done, your appointment will be confirmed and all you have to do is connect with your therapist at the scheduled time through the selected medium of communication.
At Sharnam, we have multiple mediums available for online therapy. We have voice calls, video calls, and text chat sessions for you to choose from. You can pick any of these mediums according to your time and convenience. Also, whichever medium you choose, rest assured of 100% privacy and confidentiality being maintained. The experts at Sharnam are masters in their fields. Hence the impact will be just as great on any chosen medium.
Maintaining 100% privacy and confidentiality is at the heart of what we do at Sharnam. We follow the highest standards of professionalism, moral codes, and ethics related to data breach. Anything that is disclosed by you during the therapy sessions will never leak or be shared with any 3rd Parties. We follow industry standard data privacy practices at Sharnam. So you do not have to worry about what you say because we assure that everything that you disclose to us during your sessions is safe with us.
All the psychologists and psychotherapists at Sharnam have qualified degrees in their areas of expertise from reputed universities. They are also certified Arts Based Therapy practitioners and they have certifications for other universally acceptable therapy techniques and practices as well. All of their individual information is listed on their individual profiles.