Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you – C. G Jung
It is always a remarkable moment when someone at a party or a plane will ask me what I do for a living.
When I tell them that I am a Psychiatrist & Counselor in clinical practice; they will inevitably ask me some of these questions below.
Here they are in the order in which they are generally asked.
Q: Can you read my mind?
A: I wish I could…
Q: Does someone have to be really “crazy” to see you?
A: No. My family and friends see me all the time.
Q: Do you think I am normal?
A: You seem normal. I hope you think I am normal too.
Q: What kind of people usually consult you?
A: Young. Urban. Stressed. By the way, it is normal to be stressed.
Q: Can you do a session in a coffee shop?
A: No. Real life counseling does not work like “Dear Zindagi” and “Analyze This”.
Q: Do you have a couch in your office?
A: No. You can see me better if you sit on a chair. If Freud was still around; I would have told him the same.
Q: What can I discuss with you?
A: Absolutely everything under the sun and the moon.
Q: Do I need to disclose everything about myself in the counseling process?
A: No. Just enough to enable me to help you. I am neither the tax man, nor your lawyer.
Q: Can you “magically” change someone’s mind?
A: No. Only ‘someone’ can change ‘someone’s’ mind.
Q: What kind of counseling or “Talk Therapy” do you do?
A: I major on Cognitive Behavior Therapy and its siblings (REBT, EFT, Blah. Blah). These therapies seem to have the best and most lasting effect.
Q: Do you do Hypnosis or Past Life Regression Therapy?
A: No. None of the above is scientifically proven to be better than a good cup of coffee. Instead I would be happier doing Laughter Therapy.
Q: Do you prescribe medication to everyone?
A: No. Only to those who are very unhappy, uncomfortably happy or those who yell at me.
Q: Does psychiatric medication have side effects?
A: Yes. Just like love, it does have side effects. Unlike love, the side effects are not deadly.
Q: How long does it take to feel better?
A: Most folks feel better immediately after seeing me or within 24 hours. Deeper issues may take as long as 3 months or more.
Q: I am already seeing another Psychiatrist/Counselor. Can I see you just for a second opinion?
A: Why not?
Q: Are there any assurances or guarantees that you can give me?
A: Yes. Confidentiality. Hearing you out unconditionally and non-judgmentally. As much improvement as the current state of my branch offers is yours for the taking.
Q: Is every kind of consultation charged the same?
A: No. Fixing a flat car tyre is less work than replacing the whole engine. Fees will be communicated to you at the end of the first session. Rest assured, you would find them reasonable.
Q: Do you also consult online?
A: Yes. Selectively. And not at random.
Q: How do I meet you?
A: Please call +91 9870377789 and fix up an appointment. Phone calls are answered between 12pm to 8pm IST.
Q: My question is more ridiculous than any of the above. How do I ask you?
A: Please send your question through this Contact Form