We are continuing to work together using Gestalt Therapy, to help me uncover my own emotions, and to re-frame and then constructively tackle a damaging relationship I have with a family member. Nivedita takes a frank and direct approach, combining different techniques in a responsive way. She is clear about what she is doing and why, and after every session, I feel that I have left her office with a significant realization about myself and my relationships, or with a very practical technique, which can be used to heal emotionally. She is insightful and she regularly helps me dig down and pinpoint a particular emotion or motivation. Working with her continues to be immensely beneficial for my emotional life.
The combination of PNI and EMDR really helped! Sessions with Nivedita made me feel calm and stress-free. She taught me visualization techniques along with Yoga Nidra that I could practice all by myself, at home, and because of these techniques I truly overcame my fears regarding my chemotherapy sessions. I can safely say that I had no pain, no fear, and no anxiety going into the chemotherapy sessions. I felt calm within myself as I was able to accept things as they came my way. Even when I started my radiation sessions, I felt no pain!
I believe the techniques Nivedita uses genuinely alter your thinking patterns. I was able to undergo my treatments with a sense of confidence. In fact, my friends were surprised when I told them that I feel great. I have no discomfort, I am positive, I sleep well, I eat well, and I don’t feel tired all the time. The best part is that everything I’ve learned from Nivedita is easy to understand and easy to follow. She spends a lot of time explaining everything which makes the whole process extremely transparent and comprehensible. I am 100% sure that my sessions with Nivedita created an everlasting impact on my mind and the way I think. Nivedita prepared me for what was coming and her techniques even boosted my immunity levels. I have had almost no side effects from the chemotherapy and radiation, and I attribute this to Nivedita and her holistic approach towards healing.
This has been an inward journey, and I feel I have evolved spiritually. Now, I can go through this journey with a smile on my face and with lots of positive energy. I am blessed and grateful to have found such a wonderful person like Nivedita. I am so happy I found her. Everything she says and does really matters because I have seen the difference her techniques and approach have made in my life. I don’t think it would have been this smooth without her.
Ms. Rawal Raj enrolled in and completed the Certificate Program for 2014-2015. One dimension of this course is that participants meet in small groups or Sections to discuss the application of mindfulness in various clinical circumstances and settings. I had the privilege of having Ms. Rawal Raj in the Section I facilitated and had the opportunity to deeply assess her capacity as a therapist over nine months. She reliably demonstrated an impressive combination of keen clinical acumen and deep respect and care for the patients and circumstances discussed throughout the year. She also revealed the capacity to be a strong “team player” both in her willingness to share her own perspective and in her sincere curiosity about how others work with their patients. She impressed me with her strong commitment to alleviate the suffering of those she sees in her professional capacity.
She guided me to successfully practice the following: (A) Delay your reaction (B) Instead of rebutting criticism, coolly probe and enquire what the other person might actually be looking for (C) Always remember that all professional relationships are commercial and hence not to bear any grudges or take things personally. These approaches helped me a lot to form better relationships with all my clients.
Secondly, she helped me and my wife bond more closely. She made us realize (individually) that the two of us have very different personality types. And that our disagreements are a consequence of these differences, rather than any inherent incompatibilities. Because of this, we came to a realization why we failed to understand each others’ behavior at times. Now, we have become more understanding and have more realistic expectations from each other. Also, we discovered several things about one other which we had not been able to tell each other directly.
Dr. Ramanujam also helped me realize what my strengths and weaknesses are and helped diagnose my financial health as well, making me feel reasonably reassured to take a major risk in my career, which ultimately paid off very well. She drove away my demons of apprehension and successfully wrestled with my despondency.
She made me forge better bonds with my siblings by making me realize how important they actually are in my life. With her help, I recognized that I was looking at them or judging their actions from a very short-sighted perspective. I have become a happier and more forgiving person now.
Each visit to Dr. Raval makes me a richer person with better insights into life. One Dr. Raval in life is worth several well-meaning and wise friends! Dr. Raval has a natural instinct and aptitude for her job and that combined with her compassionate and wise way of thinking, makes her a really amazing therapist!
She then used a variety of therapeutic techniques combined with helpful philosophical frameworks to support me through the different permutations of grief – anger, despair, fear, hopelessness. Her methods can be challenging when needed, but she always balances this with gentleness, care, and genuine human understanding. 6 months after working with Nivedita, I can see a way out of my pain – something that would have taken many years, otherwise.
Trusting someone with your grief is a big leap of faith, but I’m extremely glad and lucky that I did so with Nivedita, and I would definitely recommend everyone else who is in a similar position to do the same.