Interviewed by The Success Today – A Digital Webzine.
Could you introduce us to yourself and your business?
I am someone who has endeavoured to make the journey to help people manage themselves and their happiness. Professionally, I am a psychologist with a Ph.D and a Master’s (Gold Medal) in Psychology who helps in dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, and many other psychological problems in children, adults, and couples. I take one-on-one online and offline sessions. I also regularly conduct talk shows for colleges, schools, and corporate clients to create more awareness about mental health issues amongst co-workers, how to spot issues (discreetly among children), and encourage delegates to reach out to specialists when in need.
What is the role of your family in your achievements?
My family contributes huge away. My academic parents, both university professors, encouraged me to achieve the highest degree, i.e., Ph.D (Psychology). Though they guided me throughout, they never stopped me from exploring different ways to proceed in my career. So I had a break-free professional life. Getting married was a big event in my life, which brought some apprehension regarding my career, but God was kind, and I landed up in a household full of high achievers. My better half, my children, and my family have always encouraged me to be successful in my endeavours, and I am truly grateful.
What is your ultimate aim as a psychologist? How do you create a new path in your profession?
As a mental health professional, I aim to provide psychotherapy to as many people as possible and help them lead healthier lives. I also aim to create mental health awareness and remove the stigma attached to it. I want to see people talking and, similarly, sharing about mental health as they talk about fractures, blood pressure, diabetes, or fever.
The Times of India says there’s a severe shortage of mental health experts in India. Every year, I train and supervise many psychology interns, thus creating an army of psychology professionals.
On a different note, I also conduct talks and one-on-one sessions for students in colleges on youth-related issues, such as dealing with career and relationship-related stress and encouraging the youth to identify their own mental health needs. I am involved in a few volunteer projects organizations, including SEED, an NGO in Powai that works with children from our society’s economically disadvantaged segments.
What was the one thing that first persuaded you to enter into this field of industry?
After seeing my father, a Psychology professor and a practising psychologist, have a sense of fulfilment, after helping individuals overcome their psychological problems, I decided to pursue a career in Psychology. Understanding human nature through psychological theories aided me in providing scientifically valid psychotherapy.
With such cut-throat competition in this industry, what is it that makes the services you offer exceptional?
I put my head and heart into my therapy sessions. Competition is always healthy. The client is the main focus. I aim to make the client feel better in a very systematic and scientific way so that they become self-sufficient when it comes to their psychological needs. My website, www.drshebasingh.com, provides a lot of information about identifying mental health disorders. Also, one can book an appointment there with one click.
Therapy is customised according to the client’s needs. Though my main approach is cognitive behavioural therapy, I also bring other allied therapies like music and mindfulness into my sessions.
An empathetic and child-friendly approach is used with children. The number of sessions is also customised as per requirement.
The clinic staff are trained to help clients in a very cordial and friendly way to be comfortable in the waiting area and, later, after the session, to get appointments at their convenience.
Your achievements in this industry are more than impressive. Would you like to share them with us today?
I have a long career of 20 years of practising and professing the subject. Currently, I am a Consultant Psychologist at Nahar Medical Center, Mumbai. In my professional journey, I have served as the Head of the Department of Postgraduate Studies, Clinical Psychology, LJNJ College, SNDT University, Mumbai, and Assistant Director (VCTC), Punjab State Aids Control Society (Under NACO). I’ve authored several research papers on a myriad of topics on the subject. I am an avid speaker at seminars and conferences. Recently, I received the WOW
Outstanding Psychologist Award, 2021 and have appeared as a parenting expert on Zee Anmol. In fact, I’ve been invited to speak at prestigious organisations both in India and overseas as a guest speaker.
My areas of expertise include the treatment of anxiety, depression, OCD, and other psychiatric illnesses, as well as parenting, child behaviour concerns, pre-marital counselling, and couples therapy.
Does your work ever feel unexciting to you? If so, how do you stay driven and motivated towards it?
I don’t remember a time when I felt that my work was not exciting enough, I sometimes feel work is overwhelming, though. I always make it a point to rely on some self-help techniques like mindfulness and relaxation exercises. If that does not help, I will not hesitate to seek help from a psychotherapist.
You have achieved so much in life. Is there any specific advice you’d like to share with the new people entering this industry?
Sure, First of all, I would like to congratulate our next generation for being advocates of mental health and for being so aware of their feelings. For people who have just entered or intend to enter the field of psychology, I would like to suggest
Thorough theoretical knowledge,
Keep yourself up to date by reading the most recent research, and
Working as an intern with a psychologist and seeing as many patients as possible before starting your own practice.