Dr. Kinjal Goyal is a Psychotherapist with a Ph.D. in Health Psychology. Having worked extensively in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy for many years, she has also authored 3 books. Psychosomatic Counselling and the use of CBT in the treatment of various psychological and physical issues is her forte. She is a Foreign Affiliate with the American Psychological Association and works independently in Pune.


Seeking help from a psychologist has been shrouded in an air of secrecy since the beginning. Despite numerous awareness campaigns by prominent personalities, the need to keep mental health under wraps is still rampant. When we speak of psychosomatics, patients (and their families) feel that if psychotherapy helps in symptomatic relief or in complete remission of the disease, it means that the suffering was not ‘real’ in the first place. That it was all in the mind. This misconception stops people from seeking help too.

Psychotherapy is a well defined method of helping a patient understand and restructure their cognitive processes (thoughts and emotions). Behaviour therapy helps the patient change maladaptive behavior patterns. Therapy helps in improving compliance with the ongoing medical treatment too.

When I work with a patient, whether online or in person, the process is personlised and keeping a few basic principals in place, the therapy is tailor made to suit the needs of each patient. Psychotherapy is a science in terms of principals used, and an art in terms of the scope for making creative improvisations. Having worked in the field for more than a decade, I continue to learn from each patient I help and hope to pursue the finer nuances of the field as new developments unfold across the world.

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