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Ask the Experts: Dr Google and the Problem with Self-Diagnosis

By Ratna Golaknath Don’t we always know when something doesn’t feel quite right with us? Aren’t we the first to figure out when our mood is low, irritable or even exuberant or aggressive? Sometimes we pick up on the pattern in our moods- ‘I get really low around my period’, ‘ I find the holidays […]

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Ten Things to Know About Domestic Violence

By Ratna Golaknath “I would leave if my husband/ partner ever hit me, cheated on me or treated me like dirt”. How often have you thought that in the past or even in the present? All of us have an internal moral standard on abuse and dignity and we instinctively want to protect ourselves. Yet, […]

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Lost Voices: Losing a Pregnancy

By Ratna Golaknath This article is a part of a series called “lost voices”, where Ratna Golaknath writes about issues that are often unspoken about and that hardly ever reach the therapy rooms. Many of my friends, acquaintances and clients have shared the experience of losing a pregnancy. This could be for medical reasons, an elective decision, […]

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Ask the Experts: Learning to be Kind to Yourself When You’re Low

By Ratna Golaknath A few weeks ago, I was caught in a minor pile-up on the road near my home. I got a bad jolt and the seat belt gave me a bad burn on my neck. I came out shaken but fortunately quite unharmed. My family and friends all called in and checked up […]

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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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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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