Aug 19, 2017
This week, we interview Dr. Rani Bora.
Dr. Bora is a qualified Psychiatrist and Mental Health and Resilience Coach. She has studied a number of approaches to mental well-being – both traditional and non-traditional, and she focuses on holistic approaches to supporting people with their mental wellness.
Since deepening her own understanding of the paradigm of ‘Innate Health and Resilience’, she has committed herself to sharing this understanding in her coaching and training and has witnessed remarkable transformation in individuals whom she has supported.
In this interview we discuss Dr. Bora’s background in psychiatry, how she came to move away from more traditional psychiatric approaches and the concept of innate health and resilience.
In this episode, we discuss:
How Dr. Bora graduated from medical school in 1997 and became interested in connecting with people leading to specialising in psychiatry
That Rani found working in India as a psychiatrist very different compared to the UK and there were very few community services with most services delivered in a hospital setting
That after working in the UK, Dr. Bora became interested in self help and personal development
That this led to training in parallel both as a psychiatrist and as a life coach studying Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Narrative Coaching
That Rani came to see that using tools and techniques as a quick fix can be problematic, because difficulties can re-surface once people stop using the tools and techniques
That Innate health and resilience (also known as the three principles) is a new paradigm pointing to the health and wellbeing within all and how the mind works
That the three principles are mind, thought and consciousness
That Rani sees medication and mindfulness as tools but they don’t really address the root cause of emotional distress
That having an understanding about how the mind works can help people to heal from emotional difficulties or trauma
That people are more resourceful than they think they are and Rani helps people to discover that resourcefulness within themselves
Rani’s mentor, US Psychiatrist Dr. Bill Pettit, reminds us that a diagnosis doesn't define a person, only describes symptoms
That people experiencing mental health difficulties are not different to the rest of society, but medicine quite often labels and separates
Rani believes that “you cannot fail at being yourself”
That if people accept themselves with their perceived flaws and limitations and realise that these individual differences
are what make us unique and human, it means less judgement and self criticism
That Rani feels that we focus too much on what is lacking in people and on diseases and symptoms
That we also focus too much on mental illness rather than mental health
That Rani does work with clients who expect medication, but that she often finds other ways to work with people
That Rani wants to know the outcome people are looking for and often finds that the medical model has its limitation in helping people with their real needs in life
That Rani would like the research to focus more on empowering people and what helps people recover
That Rani feels that it’s very important that we also focus on the health of those in the medical community who are supporting others, as the lack of resources can be associated with enormous strain and stress
That Rani would like people to reflect on the fact that they are not broken, even given what happened in the past or what diagnoses they have
There is something at the core of who we are that cannot be damaged by our experiences
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