Q&A with Mona, psychologist and couples therapist
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Mona is a psychologist and couples therapist who delivers therapy via telehealth (video call). She enjoys using a number of therapeutic modalities and likes to understand people through an attachment/emotion-focused lens.
Mona has a Masters in Clinical Psychology and treats a variety of issues, including anxiety, mood, emotion regulation difficulties, interpersonal and relationship issues, perfectionism, self-esteem and confidence issues.
Mona can provide therapy in English and Farsi.
Q: How would you describe your therapeutic approach?
A: I think the most important thing for me is building a strong relationship with my clients. Rapport drives my therapeutic approach and I think it’s very valuable for cultivating change. I’ve also been trained in many research-based approaches and so depending on what a person is presenting with, I will combine modalities that I think will be most beneficial.
For example, something I often see is people getting caught up in negative patterns and not knowing how these patterns have developed. In such cases, I use schema therapy and core belief challenging, to help clients understand themselves better and implement helpful changes.
Q: What led to you into the path of psychology?
A: I was initially educated in physics and then later, human resources. When working in human resources, I wanted to find a way to connect with people better and so decided to take a course on counselling. Through this course I discovered my passion for psychology. While I had been working for many years, I realised that everything I had done until that point was not what I was passionate about, so I started over.
Q: What do you love most about being a therapist?
A: What I love about psychology is being in a position to be able to help people with their problems, help them see things differently and make positive changes in their lives. Psychology gives me the privilege of being someone who can help others.
Q: Having done a mix of in-person and telehealth therapy, what are the differences?
A: To be honest, I don’t see much of difference between the two in terms of the progress that can be made, but there are distinguishing factors between them, and preference depends on what each person needs. For in-person, some people find it easier to connect when we’re in the same room. For telehealth, I can help people wherever they are. As a therapist, it doesn’t make a difference, I can feel a client’s presence and can build rapport regardless.
Q: What might you say to someone who is unsure about whether telehealth therapy is suitable for them?
A: Everyone is different, but there are some unique benefits to telehealth. Telehealth is more flexible; you save time travelling and can even fit a session in during your lunch break at work. I would say if you’re unsure about whether telehealth is right for, give it a try, perhaps just one session and if it’s not right, opt for in-person.
INLIGHT PSYCHOLOGY | BONDI JUNCTION
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