Our graduates Vedika Sukhatme, MSc Clinical Health Psychology, India

Vedika Sukhatme psychology graduate

Tell us a little bit about your background…
I’m from a city in India called Pune and I completed my bachelors in psychology at the University of Pune. I interned with a government hospital and a psychiatrist before applying for my masters. I also worked as a research assistant on a qualitative research based study on cultural identity and its implications.

Why did you decide to study your course at university?
Strathclyde gave me the opportunity to explore different aspects within psychology including health, clinical and neuropsychology. This was important for me as I didn't want to have tunnel vision and was keen to keep my options open. The placement program that they had was also something that interested me as it allowed me to undertake training and working with groups.

What advice would you give to someone considering studying your course?
It’s good to go in with an open mind to gain different perspectives, rather than to limit ourselves to one. Seek help if you ever feel lost as the professors are very helpful and supportive–so don’t hesitate. Also be prepared for some hard work.

Do you have a highlight from your time at university?
I think one of the major highlights for me was my placement as it was my first brush with professional practice and having supervision was the best part. Another highlight was working on my masters dissertation, which we worked on with a perspective to be published. 

If a placement was included as part of your course, can you tell us about this, and the experience you gained?
We had a choice between two placement options and I chose to become a part of stressbusters which taught me about group training and how therapy can work. It also taught me how to work in a group and deliver your best under pressure.

Where are you working now (location, company, responsibilities)?
Currently, I work with theTata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. I work with them on training, conducting primary level interventions, and providing therapy on online platforms.

What is the best part of your job?
The best part about the work would be getting clients from various socioeconomic backgrounds. Also, having great supervisors to guide you through the process which is essential.

How did your time at Strathclyde help prepare you for this role?
We were very well prepared for interacting with clients and knowing our ethical boundaries and therapies. We were also taught how we could deliver therapy to groups which has been extremely helpful in my current job.

What has been your most memorable moment from your career so far?
My masters dissertation has been published alongside my classmates. And having my name on a published paper was an exhilarating experience.

What are your ambitions for the future?
I wish to become a clinical psychologist and therapist. The next thing would be to work on getting into a doctorate program.

Any final points, or words of wisdom?
Strathclyde is home and always will be. That place grows on you.