Durga Menon

Psychotherapist

 

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • MSc. Psychology, Bengaluru (2016-2018)

  • B.A Psychology (Honours), Bengaluru (2012 -2015) 

  • UNREAD MHP Training Program, Hank Nunn Institute, Bengaluru (September 2021-February 2022) 

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WORK EXPERIENCE

 

  • Community Project Volunteer, Hank Nunn Institute, Bengaluru, April 2022-present 

  • Outreach Community Volunteer, Aagaaz Theatre Trust, Delhi, October 2021- February 2022

  • Sports Psychologist Trainee, Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC), Navi Mumbai, April 2019- January 2021

  • Psychology Student Mentor, The Climber Pvt. Ltd (My Captain program), Bengaluru, September 2016- March 2019

  • Research Assistant of Mind Matters Clinic, Bengaluru, June 2015- March 2016

PUBLICATION

  • Menon, Durga.“The Possible Development of the Ideal Self through social networking site among adolescents”. In the Indian Journal of Health and Wellbeing Volume 4, April, 2018  691-693. Link here 

 

CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

​TRAINING 

  • Transactional Analysis (TA 101), International Transactional Analysis Association, August 2022

  • Risk Assessment and Management, Hank Nunn Institute, Bengaluru, September 2022

  • Certificate in 'Working with Trauma', Hank Nunn Institute, Bengaluru, April 2022

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Membership in Association for Psychosocial Studies, September 2022 

  • Member of Mosaic (Academic Therapeutic Community), Hank Nunn Institute, September 2021 -present

  • Therapeutic Community Manager of Mosaic (Academic TC), Hank Nunn Institute, November 2022- May 2023

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THERAPEUTIC APPROACH

Integrating Psychodynamic and Person-Centered Therapy 

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I see therapy as a journey, at times a labyrinth through the maze of hazy memories, sprinkled with a rekindled desire and a search for ourselves - curiously and carefully picking up puzzle pieces to see if they fit into the Jigsaw in front of us. Therapeutic spaces can help unfold and uncover layers; unraveling the emotions we may have tucked away but yet guide the patterns that we rely on every day unconsciously.  

In my time with you, I hope to create a holding space where we can navigate through the waves that ebb and flow at the shores of your inner world, exploring vocabulary that can begin the conversation between you and yourself. 

 

 

I rely primarily on the psychodynamic lens. It helps me understand your inner world and circumstances, and how they have shaped and aided you in coping so far. Self-exploration creates a curiosity to deep-dive into the trenches of your narrative and lived experiences. At times, these deep dives can leave us with insight when we are in touch with the depths of our psyche, with the right support and space to just 'be'. Our sessions will help bring your patterns to life, to understand how to evolve from them or accept them as they are. 

I view you, the patient as an equal contributor to the collaborative process of therapy. I often equate therapy, with being like two table tennis players, attempting to engage in a back-and-forth that includes wins, challenges and insightful reflection as both of us learn together about what the space is about. The work we do together is relational, which means that reflections and insights are also born from the relationship we create between us over time.

Having a holding space for our feelings allows us to stay in touch with ourselves in a deeply intimate and authentic way. It's a journey that brings us closer to our intentions while accepting the older versions of ourselves. The PCT philosophy brings to mind the imagery, of finding a way forward to evolve, as you outgrow the mold that may not fit you like before. 

 

I work non-diagnostically, which means I am more concerned with understanding the nuances of your experience with mental health, rather than deducing your experience from a diagnostic label. As a part of my clinical practice, I am engaged in regular individual and peer clinical supervision with a senior psychotherapist as well as with a group of therapists. ​​
 

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"BE EASY,

TAKE YOUR TIME,

YOU ARE COMING HOME TO YOURSELF"

 - The Becoming

-NAYIRRAH WAHEED

 

WORKING TOGETHER

  • Areas of Focus and Clientele - My primary areas of mental health support include anxiety, stress, PCOS, and relational concerns. At present, I am working with individuals in the young adult and adult demographic (18 and above). 

  • Fees - My current session fee begins at ₹1500 for those residing in India and ₹3000 for those residing outside India.

  • Intake and Informed consent form (contract signing) - We shall take this forward once we have agreed upon the time slot and you are comfortable with the fees mentioned above.