Welcome to “On the Couch” — a series of Q&A sessions where you get to know the human side of our amazing staff at Well Clinic.
We hope this helps you find a therapist you can connect with, so you can work on your wellness together. This week, we chatted with Manali Deolalkar, an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) at Well Clinic in San Francisco.
What is your favorite part about your work?
Exploring new perspectives
What is your favorite thing about San Francisco?
Smitten Ice Cream
What is your favorite place you’ve ever been?
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Name five things that are on your bucket list (things to do before you die)
Build something of my own: An organization/write a book/create a podcast
Travel to as many countries in the world as possible
Attempt to let go of certain fears
Support my friends and family in building desirable lives for themselves
What is your favorite memory ever?
Laughable moments until I am rolling on the floor, with friends and family
Where did you grow up?
In your free time, what are you most likely doing?
Reading and listening to podcasts
Where was your last vacation?
What cause(s) are you most passionate about?
Women Empowerment, Destigmatizing Mental Health, Addressing Racism and Sexism, Domestic and Sexual Violence
What was your career before becoming a mental health practitioner?
One and only career
What is your favorite food?
Burritos, Korean BBQ and Caramel Custard
What is your favorite book?
A Thousand Splendid Suns: by Khaled Hosseini
What is your favorite movie?
Queen (Bollywood movie)
What was your favorite toy as a child?
A small toy-car gifted by my family on which I would travel around the house all my childhood.
When are you at your most creative?
When I feel the least pressure to be creative
What motivates you?
Waking up every morning with the ability to feel and think motivates me to be there for others.
Tell us about someone who inspires you … past or present.
I am inspired by my family’s acculturative journey to America from Africa and Lebanon.
Name one guilty pleasure, past or present.
Shopping for clothes while listening to dance-y bollywood songs.
Describe one of your first few jobs.
Volunteering at a carnival
What’s one fun thing you wish you could do more of?
Definitely indulge in a lot more humor- by watching more of comedy or surrounding myself with people who get me laughing
What made you want to become a mental health practitioner?
Volunteering at a suicide prevention helpline after being motivated by a college senior’s Facebook profile
What makes Well Clinic different?
It is a community-like structure where everyone is of great support to each other. The emails in itself create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
MANALI’S APPROACH TO THERAPY
My goal is to provide space to individuals to process their emotional world, relationship issues, identity development, life transitions and past experiences of trauma. We can together make use of this space to bring our focus onto our internal self and explore healthy ways of coping.