The Team

Dr Natasha D’Cruz is a Psychologist, practioner, trainer and researcher; and is a PhD in Psychology.

She is a practicing Psychologist/Psychotherapist and has been extensively trained by people from across the globe, to enhance her passion for creative arts and psychology with the use of Music, Dance, Drama and Art as Psychotherapy. She has also trained in the entire gamut of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies, as well as Adlerian Psychotherapy. Her clientele ranges from ages 3 to 73 years. Dr D’Cruz is adept at handling cases across the developmental lifespan.

Dr Ruth Fernandes is a consultant Psychiatrist with an immense experience of 12 years. She is very passionate about working and helping patients achieve their best outcomes. Her areas of interest include anxiety and stress related disorders, depression, grief, psychotherapy especially mindfulness,relationship problems and parenting.

Dr. Ruth Fernandes‘s area of expertise is in Reproductive psychiatry, helping women with emotional distress during times of hormonal change, from menses to menopause. She specializes in treating women before, during and after pregnancy, as well as other times of transition in their lives. Her special interest in treating new mothers with stress and anxiety got her to begin the “Mindful Moms” programme. She has been trained by the Institute of Noetic Sciences, U.S.A. for mindful motherhood. She regularly conducts workshops on Mindful Motherhood and Mindful Parenting as she views it is as a vital way of strengthening mothers & building stronger families. She also provides grief counselling and support for women who have undergone miscarriages.

Her approach when treating a patient is to focus on the whole patient and not just the symptoms. She provides a combination of psycho-pharmacology(medication) and psychotherapy (talk therapy). Her forte is to treat patients empathetically in a non judgemental, warm, safe and confidential environment.

Ava Ichaporia is a qualified counsellor with a Masters in Counselling from the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK. She also holds a Diploma in Counselling from CYDA, Pune, and TISS, Mumbai. Formerly, she worked as a researcher on gender equality issues. She has counselled clients in the UEA Counselling Service and in private practice in Pune and Mumbai. She also is associated with TalkItOver counselling services in Bengaluru.

Ichaporia has volunteered in India and the UK on a student counselling helpline and a helpline for survivors of abuse. She has conducted workshops on the Diploma in Counselling at CYDA, Pune, and at the University of East Anglia. She believes that people possess the capacity to heal themselves and wants to support development of an individual’s resources. She practices in a person centred way using insights from focussing and mindfulness. She enjoys following food bloggers on Instagram, reading and taking walks.

Naomi has graduated from Manipal University with an MPhil degree in Clinical Psychology. She holds a Master’s in Applied Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences-Mumbai, and  a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Xavier’s college-Mumbai.

Naomi also works as a project assistant at King Edward Medical Hospital-Pune and has been involved in developing content for online courses, and workshops.  She has worked on a short freelance project which involved developing CBT based scripts for an app aiming to improve adherence to medical treatment.

Naomi is extremely interested in working with both individuals and groups, and has a special interest in working with children and adolescents. She prefers to take on an eclectic therapeutic approach which allows her to adapt the therapeutic techniques to the needs of the individual.

Maitreyee Kulkarni is a Consulting Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist (MASLP). Her sincerity and dedication is evident in her work ethic and her patient interactions. She’s extremely adept at dealing with patients across the age spectrum and her acumen is evident in the range of projects she has undertaken which range from projects with Vocal performers to patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disorder.

Her skills have been honed in prestigious institutions like Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and KEM Hospital; Dwidal School for multiple handicap and Kamayani Early Intervention Centre.

Mrs. Prabhjot Kaur is an Occupational Therapist with a Masters of Occupational Therapy in Neurosciences from All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai and is certified in Dysphagia Rehabilitation. She specializes in hand therapy, cognitive perceptual training, splinting, functional rehabilitation, ergonomics, and social skills training. She satiates her curiosity to keep herself updated by conducting seminars, publishing her work in reputed journals, and attending workshops and conferences.

In her career of 7 years as an Occupational Therapist, she has received the GEM (Going an Extra Mile) award for service excellence at Max Hospital, Saket, Delhi, where she headed the team for Breast Cancer Rehabilitation as well. She has worked across domains of adult neuro-rehabilitation (including Stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis & Dementia) and pediatric rehabilitation in Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Autism Spectrum disorders, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders to name a few.

Mr. Rishi Talwar is a Psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pune. He has participated in numerous workshops to further enhance his training, knowledge and skills. He has interned at The Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (VIMHANS Hospital), New Delhi and trained and volunteered with Connecting NGO as a psychologist on their suicide prevention helpline. Finding solace in animals and nature, he has also trained in Animal Assisted Therapy and Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

Since his early years, his desire to help those in need has directed his interests and consequently his career in mental health. He has experience working with individuals; those dealing with severe mental illness as well as those finding it difficult to cope with day-to-day stressors. Additionally, victims of abuse and those suffering traumatic events have found comfort and support from him.
With a keen interest in Sexuality and Gender, he has also worked with the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community.

Rishi is spiritually inclined and hopes to have a positive impact on those he comes across; enabling them to help themselves move, in a direction of their choice.

Avanti Malhotra is a mental health counselor with a Masters in Applied Psychology, Mental Health Counseling from NYU. She believes authenticity, consistency, and creating a safe holding space effectively bring out an individual’s capacity to confront and heal themselves. By working through childhood patterns in this safe therapeutic relationship, the process of change can begin.

Avanti has worked across a breadth of topics, such as relationship conflicts, grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, suicide attempts, addiction, and LGBTQAI issues. She was also part of the team that created Teen Talk India, a mental health resource for teenagers. She has conducted several mental health awareness seminars and stress management sessions with corporates and professionals. One of her passion projects is being part of a team that is working on building a podcast on mental health – which she is very excited about! When Avanti isn’t consumed with mental health, she spends her time with a good book, or doing yoga, and is almost always thinking about avocados.

Prathiksha Vaidhyanathan is a RCI registered speech language pathologist and audiologist with a masters degree -MASLP from Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune and a bachelor degree BASLP from Dr.Chandrashekar Institute of Speech and Hearing, Bangalore.
Her speciality is in the following areas:

  • Assessing and identifying the cause of communication difficulty in children,adolescents and adults.
  • Devise and deliver a tailor made therapy plan, working on a one-to-one basis and a group setting thereby to enable each of the clients to improve as much as possible.
  • Monitor and evaluate clients’ progress and make appropriate referrals when necessary.
  • Counseling parents, care takers, guardians, teachers, etc.
  • Worked extensively with chlidren and adults who present with communication and swallowing difficulties post a neurological trauma.
  • Have done extensive research work on adult with dysarthria and swallowing difficulties.

Roma Fernandes has a Masters in Clinical Psychology with 7 years of experience. After working in Oman she is now practicing in India with the hopes to continue learning and to provide the best Mental Health services with the aim of not all counselling her clients to be the best they can be but also to educate people about Psychology and to remove the stigma attached with it. She is also trained in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Life coaching and hopes that her clients receive an holistic approach with their treatment. Being a Corporate Trainer she also conducts workshops and training programs. The clients that she sees varies from Individual counselling for Stress, Anxiety, Depression as well as Couples and Family Counselling.

Tanya has a Masters’ degree in Counselling for Mental Health and Wellness (Applied Psychology) from New York University. She has experience providing individual, family and group counselling to children, adolescents and young adults dealing with a wide range of mental health issues such as trauma, anxiety, stress, depression, self-harm, interpersonal difficulties, body image issues and bullying. She has also worked as a counsellor in a school setting providing support to children and adolescents with special needs as well as academic, social and emotional difficulties.

Tanya takes a strengths-based and client-centered approach to therapy and creates a safe space for her clients to open up in session. She believes that building a strong client-therapist relationship is important in order for therapy to be successful. She uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions along with visual art, drama and play therapy techniques to help clients reach their goals.  Tanya is also pursuing a graduate diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy from Women’s Christian College in Chennai.

Wendy Burby holds a Masters in Transcultural Counselling from the University of Malta. She has worked with clients across age groups conducting both individual as well as group sessions. She has specific training in understanding and dealing with diversity within the therapeutic relationship. She has experience working within Schools. Employee Support Teams, Eating Disorders Clinics as well as standard counselling spaces.

Shweta Shahade is a qualified psychologist and a remedial educator with a Masters in Clinical Psychology and Applied Child Psychology from SNDT University, Pune and Nottingham Trent University, UK, respectively. She has worked extensively with children of all age groups as well as adolescents who have learning as well as behavioural disabilities. She believes in the uniqueness and individuality of every single person and thus creates modules and programs that fit the learning styles of each particular child. She believes in an exploratory approach at working with children, where children use all available senses and resources to learn from the world around them.
Shweta also works with children from Urdu and Marathi medium schools where she facilitates an English Enhancement and Creativity program for the students. She is an ardent animal lover and a trained Canine Behaviourist who regularly involves therapy dogs during her sessions. She is a strong believer in instilling kindness and sensitivity along with inculcating new and improved techniques from around the world into her therapy sessions. A music lover and writer in her spare time, she looks at therapy as an interactive experience which benefits the therapist just as much as it helps the child and the parents.