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Dr. Bhakti Murkey Sisodia – Consultant Psychiatrist & Founder | @Wellness Within

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Interviewed by The Success Today – A Digital Webzine.

Could you tell us about yourself and your work?
I am a mental health professional, working in the field of Psychiatry and the Founder of the healthcare platform Wellness Within. In today’s era of digital health and the profound need for emotional wellness as a part of your optimal health and fitness, our team strives to customize mental healthcare inputs for our clients. From offering comprehensive assessments to making detailed diagnoses and planning therapeutic interventions, our team works together to heal the minds of our patients and ease their lives in some way.

How you and your service is helping society?
The world is facing a covert pandemic of mental illness, which is estimated to have an exponential spurt over the years. In such strenuous times, mental healthcare is the dire need of the hour. @Wellness Within we provide a listening ear to those in need, a safe space for heartfelt conversations and emotional healthcare in the form of therapy as well as medications, wherever necessary. Our team is efficient in providing psychological assessments using standardized instruments. In addition to counselling services and psychotherapy, we also cater to severe mental health problems with the help of medications, when needed.

What is the USP of your work?
I derive confidence from my qualifications (MBBS, MD, MRCP-UK), certifications (Client-centered therapy, REBT, TA, Perinatal mental health, and Single session therapy) and years of vigorous training, which have helped me evolve as a clinician, therapist and on a personal level as well. @Wellness Within we offer a unique platform to our clients in the form of accessible, affordable, and sustainable healthcare. As a telepsychiatry consultant, I am registered with the Telemedicine Society of India and connected with professionals across the country. Our team is available for offline as well as online consultations and has a network of professionals in various areas of the country, for local referrals and emergency care.

What are your Vision and Mission?
Healing lives and Easing minds is our Mantra. We @Wellness Within envision a world where every individual is empowered to take charge of their lives, face their challenges with optimal resources and maintain the balance of mind and body. We hope to instill faith in people, support them through difficult experiences, help them resolve problem situations and promote healthy lifestyle and thinking patterns in order to prevent severe mental health issues.

What are your achievements in this industry?
As a mental health crusader for about a decade, I have had the opportunity to interact with people across age groups, gender, educational backgrounds, and socio-economic strata. I take keen interest in working with children and adolescents, especially working in perinatal mental healthcare; and always strive for making holistic treatment plans for my patients. I have also catered to patients across various streams of medical and surgical specialties, which has inspired my interest in pursuing Liaison Psychiatry in the future.
Besides clinical work, I am also allied with academic institutions wherein I can engage in teaching budding health professionals and update my knowledge and skills. I am certified in basic research methodology from ICMR and have had a handful of papers published in national and international journals, and have made paper presentations/ seminars in various conferences across zonal, national, and international platforms. I am also the recipient of the Woman Researcher Award in 2021, hosted by VDGOOD publications.

Does your work ever feel tedious to you? If so, how do you stay driven and motivated toward it?
Like any professional, mental healthcare has its occupational hazards, even more so, given the nature of its inherent work. Understandably, there are days when I feel overwhelmed with work or unable to manage time efficiently. Some phases of burnout have found their way in the past few years. However, on a day-to-day basis, I love my work and enjoy all its shades. The warmth of interpersonal connectedness and genuine feedback from patients keeps me fueled for the next day! Also, I do not shy away from taking therapy for myself when the need arises. I must practice what I preach.

What are your hobbies and specific interests other than your profession?
I am an artist at heart. Singing, dancing, art and craft, and writing gives me immense happiness and helps me manage stress better. I am exploring the travel bug in me, and trying my hand at photography, as I love to take a challenge and learn new tasks every few years.

You have achieved so much in life, any specific advice you would like to share with our readers to grow in life?
I firmly believe that smart work is as essential as hard work, to achieve the success you deserve. When life knocks you down with unseen blows, stay humble, stay patient, and keep doing your bit one day at a time. God helps those who help themselves. So, take care of your body, mind, and soul, and take that first step toward your dream!

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