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 Simran Bhatia, an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT) at Well Clinic in San Francisco.
What is your favorite part about your work?
Witnessing people and being a part of their journey as they make positive life changes. For me there is nothing better than seeing someone make peace with their past and turn to the future with hope and intention.
What is your favorite thing about San Francisco?
The culture and all the activities that it comes with! There is a fun, supportive community for anything that might perk my interest. Want to roller skate? There’s a community for that. Want to learn how to do Copeira? There’s a community for that. Knitting? Bhangra? Plein air painting? Community for that. Community for that. Community for that.
What is your favorite place you’ve ever been?
Tasmania. The air was crisp, the water clear, the people friendly, and the food great
Name five things that are on your bucket list (things to do before you die)
Attend a 49ers Superbowl parade!
Watch my nephew get married.
Finish a painting I can call a ‘masterpiece’.
Write a book.
Learn to play the dhol.
What is your favorite memory ever?
Entering the reception hall with my wife the night of our wedding. It was electric!
Where did you grow up?
In Newark and Fremont, California.
What are your favorite quotes?
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
“We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box. ” – Robert Fulghum
“It’s impossible not to love a person if you know their story. “– Fred Rogers
In your free time, what are you most likely doing?
Spending time with family, reading, or volunteering at a dog shelter.
What are five albums you’d want with you if you were stuck on a deserted island
Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
Lord Huron – Strange Trails
The 1975 – The 1975
Tom Petty – Greatest Hits
The Rocky soundtrack
Where was your last vacation?
Philadelphia. It was a blast to do the Rocky steps and eat cheesesteaks every day… sometimes twice a day.
What cause(s) are you most passionate about?
Social Justice and income inequality.
What was your career before becoming a mental health practitioner?
I was in the financial field for 14 years before switching to mental health.
Do you have any talents that few people know about? If so, what are they?
I have an ability to play really amazing practical jokes on my loved ones. They might not agree.
What is your favorite sports team?
The San Francisco 49ers. I’ve missed no more than 5 games in the last 25 years.
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite book?
The Count of Monte Cristo, it was incredible.
What is your favorite movie?
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! “ -Rocky Balboa
What was your favorite toy as a child?
Voltron, I had all 5 lions.
Do you have any pets? Please introduce them to us.
I wish, but I don’t right now. I get my doggie time by volunteering at a dog shelter.
When are you at your most creative?
Saturday mornings… because that’s when I’m at a painting class
What motivates you?
Injustice, inequality, and the love of my family motivate me to be a better person and to help where and when I can.
Tell us about someone who inspires you … past or present.
Brene Brown. Her work inspired me to leave finance for the mental health field.
Name one guilty pleasure, past or present.
Browsing on Reddit.
Describe one of your first few jobs.
I sold software in an electronics store.
What’s one fun thing you wish you could do more of?
Does eat multiple donuts each morning count? If not, then I’ll say play with my nephew.
What made you want to become a mental health practitioner?
I wanted to be able to connect with people and help them move forward in their own lives.
What makes Well Clinic different?
The diversity, the professionalism, and the thoughtfulness! So far I’ve been really impressed with the dedication of the employees to their clients and to this field. It’s very clear that the people that work at Well are those that really love this work and want to grow as clinicians.
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