Medical Counselling

Would it help you to talk with a compassionate physician about your health? To spend enough time on the concerns that you have about your health and healing? To have help navigating the medical system and supporting your inner ability to heal? Are you in the midst of a stressful transition of any kind? Do you want to know more about the mind-body connection and holistic healing?

In my Medical Counseling practice, I help individuals and families who live withillness, pain, stress, and medical conditions to achieve a sense of balance, inner strength, and wholeness.

Do you want a physician on your health care team who can do that?

You are already a whole person: body, mind, emotion, and spirit. You have resources inside you which can help you to heal. Together, we will use the mind-body connection and tools such as guided imagery, meditation, movement, art, and music, which can help medical treatments work better, decrease your stress, and help you feel better.

As an experienced family physician, I can examine your individual situation and review the diagnosis and treatment recommendations from your other physicians and health care providers. We can work on medical decision-making. Then we can evaluate any other medical care that may be of benefit to you, including both standard and complementary/alternative care, as well as preventive care and stress reduction, going “outside the box” whenever necessary.

My office is at Paripoorna, Mumbai, India, but I am also available for telephone consultations (including internet voice and video calls).

What exactly is medical counseling?
Medical counseling involves a combination of medical, holistic, and mind-body techniques that reduce stress and anxiety, and promote healing. It includes informed assessment, by a physician, of the options and services available to your particular situation and helps you navigate the often daunting and confusing world of the healthcare system.

How can medical counseling help you and your family?
Health is a real concern for so many people today and most physicians have only a little time to talk about it. When your life changes because of a health problem, whether your own or in someone close to you, it can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. It can really help to have sufficient personal time with a compassionate physician who has specialized training in counseling and who offers you support and guidance during a difficult time.

Together, we can take a look at:

  • Your particular situation as a whole
  • A review of your medical care
  • How to get the information you need
  • How you can feel empowered to make decisions that work for you
  • How to deal with your stress so you can feel better
  • Recommendations for integrative (holistic) preventive care and treatment from a physician who can spend enough time with you

Please note that the counseling we do together is in addition to the care you receive from your treating physician(s) and other health providers. I encourage you to have a primary care health provider.

I do not do primary health care, nor is the information on this website intended to replace discussion with your own health care providers. We are all part of your health care team, and you are the heart of that team.

You would certainly helped, in any of the following situations.

  • Personal or family illness or pain
  • Cancer
  • Disability, visible or invisible
  • Changes related to aging
  • Fertility issues or parenting
  • Medical options, decisions, and treatment
  • Surgery
  • Caregiving issues
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Stress

This we do with limited appointments & planned programmes.

Pre Marital Counselling

Pre-marital counseling can help damage-proof a relationship especially for couples at risk. How does this counseling help? What should you consider before marriage.

As divorce rates continue to rise in the United States, more and more couples are approaching marriage with increasing caution. While Americans are still opting for marriage, many are looking for opportunities to damage-proof their relationships before they say “I do.” Pre-marital counseling is just one approach couples are taking.

What is Pre-Marital Counseling?
Pre-marital counseling, like any couples counseling, is usually facilitated by a skilled family therapist, (and sometimes members of the clergy). The function of pre-marital counseling is two-fold:

  • To assist couples in developing skills to navigate their way through marriage successfully
  • To identify (and if possible resolve) areas of difference between couples that may become a source of conflict later

Many professionals performing pre-marital counseling will use assessment tools to help identify these potential difficulties.
Common discussion grounds in pre-marital counseling:

  • Interests and Activities
  • Role Expectations
  • Personal Adjustment
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Marriage Expectations
  • Family Issues
  • Children (and Parenting)
  • Sexuality
  • When a couple cannot resolve significant issues (if a couple has disagreements regarding money, parenting, household responsibility, work, sex, etc. the time to resolve them is before marriage)
  • When one or both partners have a previously failed marriage and want to avoid repeating the same mistakes
  • Additional reasons to enter pre-marital counseling may include Difficulty handling conflict: No marriage tool box is complete (nor can any marriage survive) without strong conflict resolution skills.
  • History of childhood abuse or domestic violence: Abuse, unfortunately, has been correlated with higher rates of divorce. It is important to seek help from a trained professional to learn alternatives to patterns that have resulted from emotional or physical abuse, or to heal from the hindrances of sexual abuse before marriage.

Other Considerations in Preparing for Marriage

  • Don’t fall for the classic marriage myths: Analyzing the Myths of Marriage before you say “I do” can be good preventative medicine.
  • Educate yourself on marriage in general. Browse the internet or your local bookstore for information on marriage and relationships.
  • If blending families, couples may want to prepare for the transition by following the Help for Blended Families Steps to Success as well as developing a Parenting Plan.

Marriage, and family, can be among life’s greatest assets. If we strive to protect assets that mean less to us than our loved ones, why not explore the issues ahead of time to “damage-proof” the precious gift of marriage?