By Dr. Winnie Waiyaki. My therapist clearly did not attend the class in psychology school where he was supposed to have learnt about seeking permission to conduct therapy from the client. In technical terms it is called, ‘’Informed Consent.’’ It so happens that despite the fact that you have brought yourself to therapy, you must … Continue reading PERMISSION (NOT) GRANTED! Part 2.
By: Dr Winnie WaiyakiAllow me to share an experience I once had with a therapist. In psychology school we are required to undergo hours of personal therapy. The idea is to help us sit where clients sit, to help us ‘’feel” them. At the same time, a student gets to be “apprenticed” under a therapist … Continue reading PERMISSION NOT GRANTED!
by Dr. Winnie Waiyaki. The question always is, “Will I be understood? Will I be judged?” Most people who come to therapy will struggle with these two questions. Oh, and a third one: ‘’Will the therapist tell my story to others?’’ This is a valid concern I agree, as we live in a small society … Continue reading CONFIDENCE IN CONFIDENTIALITY
Finding appropriate, non-destructive coping mechanisms is the best way to take care of your mental health.
(This is a continuation from last week's post. Click here to read that post.) Matt looked at from another perspective: his problem is distressing him and impairing his daily activities. Sometimes, thoughts of committing suicide have entered his mind due to the difficulties the problem has caused him. Indeed, his friends have noticed his … Continue reading Why Therapy?
His friends laughed at him when he said he felt the need to ‘talk to someone’. In fact John, his best friend, had laughed the hardest and told him, ''Since you have money to waste for talking with someone, why don’t you give me that money and talk with me instead. Am I not “someone” … Continue reading THE BIG QUESTION
Dr Saida looked through the previous week’s notes about Shida. She remembered the girl as she had been so distraught and wanting to run away before the session. She was looking forward to hearing more about her. Her diary was full today and she hoped that all the clients would keep time so that she … Continue reading Knowing The Client
Shida left her first session of therapy with a feeling of exhilaration. All nervousness went after Dr. Saidia had put her at ease. She looked forward to sharing more with the therapist about her continuing failing grades due to the terrible break up with her boyfriend. She had been with Chalo for almost three years … Continue reading Getting Comfortable
Every Thursday we will post a story from YOU. Do you have a story to tell? Have you struggled with mental illness or are you going through an experience that you would like to share? We want to give you a space where you can talk anonymously about what you're going through without judgement or … Continue reading Gone Too Soon
Shida was a nervous wreck. She arrived at the therapist’s clinic and made up her mind that she cannot go through this and turned away towards the exit of the therapist’s office. As she disappeared down the stairs, she heard a warm friendly voice, “Shida, welcome to Wemapsych!” The lady calling was dressed in warm … Continue reading The First Time
Every Thursday we will post a story from YOU. Do you have a story to tell? Have you struggled with mental illness or are you going through an experience that you would like to share? We want to give you a space where you can talk anonymously about what you're going through without judgement or … Continue reading I Wish I Had A Dad.
Who cometh thither? 🙂 Greetings! My name is Dr. Winnie Waiyaki. I am a Clinical Psychologist. My training enables me to work with people with emotional, behavioural and mental issues. These range from short-term, relatively minor personal issues to those who have major issues of disturbance, including those who require institutionalization. Accordingly, my line of work … Continue reading Welcome To Insight!
Have you ever been to therapy? How was your experience? Therapy as we mentioned previously is a relationship between the client and therapist. The relationship is meant to create a safe space for the client as they process their issues. There are Do's and Don'ts for both the therapist and the client to make the … Continue reading Ethics in Therapy II
Every institution or profession works with a set of rules and guidelines meant to protect the interests of the parties involved. In psychology, there are such rules that exist and when breeched can cause more harm than good. In this post, we shall outline some of the ethical considerations for therapy and benefits of knowing … Continue reading Ethics in Therapy
July is here! We are excited to have you join us for yet another month. We are excited that we made it into July!July brings with it flavour, freshness, harmony and goodness. How we are walking into July!https://images.app.goo.gl/2SHiDyEzhGAE3oLG6 J-ourney through the month with ease.This is the month to put to rest things that haven't served … Continue reading Welcome to J.U.L.Y
J udge less, Love more.Judge yourself less and your surroundings too because you can only respond to situations as they are. Not as they should be or as your want them to be.Love means acceptance and without it you become frustrated, angry, afraid, confused and stuck. U nderstand self.Seek to see yourself as you really … Continue reading Welcome to J.U.N.E:
There are many forms of therapy that are conducted. One of which is group therapy. This is a setup where one or more therapists facilitate a group of individuals, who may have similar or different varied issues. What does it entail?• Group therapy usually requires a number of between 6-12 individuals. However, some groups may … Continue reading Group therapy
Our world as we knew it has significantly changed. The occurence of COVID-19 created a different way of living that involved new rules. Wearing masks in public places, maintaining social distance, washing hands and sanitizing at every turn and restricted movement. This also came with job losses, loss of family and friends to the disease … Continue reading Mental health in the COVID era.