"Laughter connects you with people. It's almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you're just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy." - John Cleese
A number of years ago when I was in graduate school, I
got a fortune cookie that said "keep true to the dreams of your
youth." One thing I used to dream about as a kid was acting. After getting
this fortune cookie I began to regularly participate in community theatre.
Using my creativity allows me to have a nice balance of work and play,
something I'd like to help you attain.
My theatre experience also includes improvisational theatre and stand-up
comedy. Once I started learning improv and truly realizing how funny our world
is, I started noticing how improv skills are applicable in all parts of life,
in all professions and all relationships (yes, including therapy). No matter
the situation, these tenets of improv go a very long way: listening,
acknowledging, collaborating, and not being afraid of failure.
Using humor in psychotherapy has been shown to have benefits for patients yet it is something that many therapists don’t use. Again, if you don’t know how to use humor or if you think you are not funny, I am here to help you learn the skills that will help you to bring more lightness and humor in your work with patients.See what supervision, consultation, and training services I offer - let's work together!
Mona Bapat, Ph.D., HSPP
"If someone says you're weird, say Thank
You." -Ellen Degeneres
"If you don't have anxiety, the way I would
describe it is like there is an edgy improv group in your brain and it just
needs like a one word suggestion to spin like countless scenarios that no one's
comfortable with. It's like 'when will this show be over? I just came to be
supportive!'" - Aparna Nancherla