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Geetika Virdi

MA, Practicum Student

Geetika’s (she/her/hers) journey towards becoming a counsellor began when she felt inspired by an impactful teacher and mentor who encouraged her to learn more about psychology and psychotherapy in particular. She felt excited about the amazing combination of art and science and fell in love with this way of helping others. She went on to complete a Master’s in Applied Psychology with Specialization in Clinical Psychology at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and is currently working on her second Master’s in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University here in Canada. Since arriving in Canada a few years ago, she has worked as a counsellor at Pacific Community Resources Society and as a group facilitator for the Y Mind programs at the YMCA of Greater Vancouver.

Stress Management

Depression

Anxiety

Grief

Family conflict

Trauma

Self-worth

Pain

Career exploration

Acceptance and commitment therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy

Dialectical behavioral therapy

Mindfulness practices

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Humanistic approach

What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?

From my own experience I know how challenging it can be to come to therapy, and start talking to a stranger about intimate details of our lives! This can bring up hard emotions like grief, guilt and shame, and I love seeing how courageous people are in leaning into their own vulnerability as a part of working on the hard stuff and making meaningful changes in their lives. To me, this vulnerability is a gift, and one that I, as a counsellor, am truly grateful for.

What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?

A big challenge for me is when my inner critic takes charge and can lead me to think that 'no one likes me', making me feel very alone. When it gets loud I find myself replaying conversations in my head and seeking reassurance from others.This struggle with my self-worth and self-consciousness is an ongoing piece of work for me, but I’m always learning new ways of living with this inner critic and finding more ease and acceptance of myself.

What have you learned from your work?

That we are all deserving of unconditional love, acceptance and support!