Ask the Experts: How Does Therapy Work?

This piece is part of a wider series, Understanding Therapy.  By Ratna Golaknath Deciding to give therapy a chance can be daunting, you might be worried about trusting someone, anxious that it should not prove to be a waste of time and money and in a vacuum about how and where to find a suitable […]

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Fallen Standing: An Excerpt from a Powerful Memoir

THE SCHIZOPHRENIST Excerpted with Permission from Fallen Standing: My Life as a Schizophrenist by Reshma Valliappan … “You guys wait for me to be 30 and then tell me all of this? Why do you assume that I won’t understand? I’ve understood you ever since I was six!” This is how most of my mornings have […]

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Suicide in India: Do We Need a New Approach to Prevention?

By Amrita Tripathi India has finally moved to de-criminalise suicide — can we hope that this is a step towards understanding the nature of the issue? With treatment and prevention options long seen through a prism of “Western” best practices, is there a need to take a closer look at some of the factors that […]

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Reporter’s Diary: Male Suicides in India

By Devanik Saha “Men are more vulnerable than women.” “This country is biased against men.” “More Men commit suicides than women.” “Patriarchy affects men more than women. No one talks about suicides by married men, everyone talks only about housewives’ suicides.” These are some of the arguments made by men rights activists and people opposed […]

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Your Stories: Understanding Therapy

‘Dialogue With A Therapist’ shared by Pearl Therapist: What does your inner voice tell you? Me: To go travelling (Giggles) Therapist: Why are you giggling? Are you feeling embarrassed? Me: Yes I am. People are doing community service, doing great things for their families, building brands, inventing stuff, etc and my inner voice is telling me to go travelling at […]

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Ten Myths About Child Abuse and Boys

This is the second of a two-part series.  Read Part I of this piece here.  Part II deals with myths on child abuse and the male child —  myths we need to collectively address and debunk, urgently. By Ratna Golaknath Here are some myths about male sexual abuse that we need to challenge and inform ourselves about: […]

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‘Lost Voices’ & the Bigger Picture of Abuse and Trauma

By Ratna Golaknath I have worked as a therapist/ counsellor for nearly the last fifteen years. While my life continues to be closely linked with providing support and care to people, I no longer practise chamber room therapy. One among the many reasons for stepping away from therapy was the realisation of the many “lost […]

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