Meet Our Team

Our team of twelve Psychologists are experts in their own fields.

Dr. Yajyoti Singh

Founding Member

Dr Yajyoti Singh is a Consultant Developmental and Educational Psychologist based in Pune and is the Proprieter and founder member of Chetana Counselling Centre. She is also HOD and consultant psychologist with the Bishop’s Schools since 17 years.

Equipped with a Masters in developmental psychology, a Ph.d in social sciences and a B.Ed in special education. She also has a Masters diploma in Human resource management. She has an advanced training in RECBT Theory and Techniques, from Albert Ellis affiliation training, New York.

She has had over 24 years experience, having started her career as Lecturer in Nirmal Niketan (Mumbai University) in 1988, for undergraduates, went to join the Remand home as a Child Psychologist, then lectured at SNDT for the post graduate level.

Dr. Singh works with toddlers, children, adolescents and adults with a range of Educational and Developmental issues, including Learning Difficulties, Attention Deficit Disorder, PDD/ Autism and other developmental and behavioural problems, using major tests of general ability, academic attainment, continuous performance tasks and neuropsychological tests.

She conducts workshops on Parenting skills, stress management, positive thinking, coping techniques, teacher training, Memory improvement techniques, time management, gender sensitivity etc at various schools and organisations.

Her Clinical work includes dealing with childhood problems in the areas of PTSD, anxiety/OCD, eating disorders, elimination disorders, psychosis etc. She has been consultant psychologist at hospitals, including Ruby Hall and Sahayadri.

She has authored a book on school special education and written various articles on developmental psychology, including an article in UK journal of Adlerian Psychology and parenting articles in Holistic Bangalore magazine.

Her memberships and affiliations include RCI – A-55146, APA (American Association of Psychology), IACP (Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists) and IACAM (Indian Association of Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health). She is also affiliated to Muskan, a non-profit working against child sexual abuse, as one of their Directors and is a Consultant Psychologist with Maharashtra Fellowship for the Deaf.

Shruti Pawar

Special Educator

Shruti is a Special Educator who works with children and adolescents to address learning difficulties and behavioural disorders. She began her journey 22 years ago with Special Education from Alpha to Omega in Chennai. She is also a trained Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Mediator and has done the Search and Teach program by Kathy Hopkins.

In Her Own Words

Hi! I am  Shruti Pawar, a Special Educator, at Chetana . I work with children and adolescents with learning difficulties and behavioural disorders. I began my journey in this field 22 years ago at a small school in Goa, which inspired me to study more and train myself further. I have completed my course in Special Education from Alpha to Omega learning centre in Chennai, which opened the doors to many other fields in learning. Along with special education I am a trained Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Mediator and have also completed the Search and Teach program by Kathy Hopkins. My association with Chetana  has been since 2010 . I am fortunate to be a part of an institution which is known for its holistic approach towards mental health and well being. My work as a special educator is to help and guide students to overcome the difficulties that they face in their school environment. This entails helping them by providing tailor made strategies that will aid and develop their reading and writing skills. Not only do we look at the academic aspects of the child’s development, we also focus our attention to the cognitive and social needs of the child. We at Chetana understand the difficulties that parents face to bring up children with learning difficulties and behavioural disorders and so we also conduct workshops for parents as well. I can say this, that 22 years in this field has been a constant and enjoyable learning experience and I continue to learn a little more each day.

Vasima Bhagat

Clinical Psychologist

Vasima has been a Clinical Psychologist for 15 years. She specializes in Assessment, Psychotherapy and Counselling for children, adolescents and adults. She holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Pune University and Post Graduate Certificate Course in counselling from Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health recognized by the Government.

In Her Own Words
Clinical Psychologist at Chetana Counseling Centre since its inception. Assessment, Psychotherapy and Counselling with children, adolescents and adults. Proactively addressing a broad spectrum of mental health problems and handling emotionally intense situations with individual clients. Effective management of behavioural, emotional,social and cognitive impairments through a supportive and empathetic environment. Staff Psychologist with The Bishop’s Education Society 1.6 years. Counselling for Children, Parents and teachers. Skill Enhancement Workshops for Students and Teachers. Group facilitation and crisis management through coordination with senior staff in management. Formulating and Implementing Behavior management and Social skills programs. School Counselor for The Bishop’s School for over 11 years. Special Educator with Vidya Jyoti School 1 year. Special Educator with The Bishop’s School for 2 years. Trainee Psychologist with Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health. Providing mental health services in the psychiatric ward of Sassoon hospital. Private counseling for 15 years. Conducting workshops and seminars on a wide range of mental health topics in schools and private organizations. Masters in Clinical Psychology (Pune University). Post Graduate Certificate Course in counseling from Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health recognized by the Govt. of Maharashtra.

Anita Krishnan

Clinical Psychologist

Anita has 10 years of experience as a consulting clinical psychologist with Chetana Counselling Centre since its inception in 2009. Her professional background includes a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Mumbai University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pune University. Her expertise is in diagnosing, guiding, counselling for emotional and scholastic struggles.

In Her Own Words

Anita Krishnan, clinical psychologist with an experience of 8 to 10 years working in a range of psychological and therapeutic environments. I have been associated as a consulting clinical psychologist with Chetana Counselling Centre since its inception in 2009. My professional background includes a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Mumbai University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pune University. I would describe myself as someone who shows ability to work positively with clientele in both therapeutic and clinical capacities. A warm hearted, caring, conscientious and people’s person my experiences include working with patients in the areas of mental illness and de addiction programs. My expertise and skills have been in the areas of diagnosing, guiding, counselling and providing support to people with psychological, emotional, interpersonal and scholastic struggles.

Pradipta Das

Clinical Psychologist

Trained to be a Clinical Psychologist at Central Institute of Psychiatry (CIP), Ranchi (M. Phil. in Clinical Psychology), and holds a Masters in Psychology from S. V. University, Tirupati, Pradipta has been associated with Chetana Counselling Centre as a Consultant since 2009. She has worked extensively in the field of Mental and Emotional Health for the past 35 years, specializing in psychometric assessments.

In Her Own Words

I was trained to be a clinical psychologist at Central Institute of Psychiatry (CIP), Ranchi, India. (M. Phil. in Clinical Psychology), and my Masters in Psychology from S. V. University, Tirupati, India. I have been associated with Chetana Counselling Centre as a consultant since 2009. I have worked extensively in the field of Mental and Emotional Health for the past 35 years. I am a consultant Clinical psychologist, Diagnostics /Psychometric Assessment, therapist, counsellor, for Child, Adolescent and Adult well being. My work spans a variety of inter-related fields, I specialize in Psychometric Assessment (Personality Profiling, Intelligence assessment (IQ) and Aptitude Test, Full Psychological Profiling, Vocational Guidance etc), I take up individual, family, Geriatric, and Couple counselling to help people in altering and managing the various concerns and life issues. I have previously worked as Asst. Professor, grade-1 officer at Niloufer Hospital for child and women (AP State Govt Services), Hyderabad. Consultant for Medha Psychological Testing Centre, Anurag Human Service, Visiting/Guest Lecturer at various Institutions, Privet Practice, at M/s Biological E, Hyd. was assisting in the recruitment and promotion aspect of the company’s employment Program. I was associated with research at the Child Guidance Clinic Hyderabad and “Community Mental Health Project” for WHO/AFMC, Pune. I am an associate member of the Hyderabad Psychiatric Society. A fellow of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, (IACAM).

Tanya Bakshi

Clinical Psychologist

Tanya completed her B.A. honors degree in Psychology from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University and her M.A. in Applied Psychology from Tata Insitute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has had extensive experience in hospitals, private clinics, rehabilitation centres and NGOs, dealing with anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia and anger management.

In Her Own Words
Ms. Tanya Bakshi (Clinical Psychologist) is the newest addition to the Chetana team. She completed her B.A. hons degree in Psychology from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University and her M.A. in Applied Psychology (specializing in Clinical Psychology) from Tata Insitute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her experience, over the years, in hospitals, private clinics, rehabilitation centres and NGOs has helped her to strenghten her testing and psychotherapy skills. In her clinical practice, she has worked with clients dealing with anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder along with relationship, work and career, anger management and other such related issues. For providing psychological care, she ensures the best practices and strategies are used for emotional, mental and behavioural improvement. Having lived in different states and gaining an opportunity to interact with people from various cultures and identities led to Tanya’s love for working with people. It has helped her to not just seek and maintain meaningful and mutual connections with people but also to work towards her passion of making a difference in their lives through her practice of psychology.

Asma Syed

Counselling Psychologist

Asma is a Counselling Psychologist with considerable experience in providing support to adults, children, and adolescents from a culturally diverse and socio-economic background who face the challenges of coping with learning, behaviour and emotional problems. She has received her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. In addition, she holds certification in Play Therapy.

In Her Own Words

Asma is a Counselling Psychologist with considerable experience in providing support to adults, children, and adolescents from a culturally diverse and socio-economic background who face the challenges of coping with learning , behaviour and emotional problems. She has received her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. In addition, she holds certification in Play Therapy. She began her career working for a school providing counselling and intervention for students who required special education programs due to: Emotional difficulties, academic failures, verbal and physically abusive behaviours, socialisation problems, ADD/ADHD. She has also been involved in Early Intervention services providing centre-based services to children, conducting assessments and providing counselling.   She has been involved in outreach activities partnering with the community, local school systems, nursery and service agencies. Her professional vision is to establish strong therapeutic relationships with children, as well as, helping them to gain confidence in their natural abilities, and is dedicated to making a difference in their lives.

Kanak Patil

Clinical Psychologist

Kanak has been associated with the Bishops Co-Ed School Undri  as a School Counsellor since 2013. She has her Masters in Psychology from the University of Pune and is an alumni of the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. She has worked extensively in the field of psychological research and counselling for emotional regulation and well-being.

In Her Own Words

I have done my Masters in Psychology from the University of Pune, India. I am an alumna of the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. I have been associated with the Bishops Co-Ed School Undri  as a School Counsellor since 2013. Previously I have worked extensively in the field of psychological research and counselling for emotional regulation and well-being. In the area of Psychological research, I have had  project  based associations with the University of Pune, India, KEM Hospital, Pune, India, University of South Illinois , USA and University of Wroclaw, Poland, each resulting, either in an International Publication or an acknowledgment in the contributors list to the projects or a “Special appreciation “ in the author’s note. I have had an opportunity to present my own research work at various national and international conventions and conferences like the Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatry, Bangalore.  National Association for Counselling, Assam.  American Psychological Association (APA) , California. European Congress of Psychology, Prague. International Congress of Psychology, Berlin. In the Area of mental health counseling, I have had unique opportunities to work as a Consultant Counsellor for mental health concerns, esp. emotional regulation and well-being at various organizations like Teach For India, Connecting, Human Dynamics, Barclays, ISMT LTD, and NTPC.

Farzana Irani

Special Educator

Farzana has been part of the team as a Remedial Coordinator since 2011. Her Bachelors is from Pune University and B.Ed is from Singhania University. She has also completed a certified course in Play Therapy and is most passionate about teaching children and aims mainly to impart knowledge and instill confidence in the upcoming generation.

In Her Own Words

Working For Chetana Counselling Centre as Remedial Coordinator since May 2011 to date. Completed a certified course in Play Therapy – Level I. I am passionate about my profession and love to teach children. Aim mainly to impart knowledge and instill confidence in the upcoming generation. Possess a strong commitment to the development of students and providing a stimulating, safe and
motivating learning environment. Motivate students to excel in whatever they do. Endeavour to delve deep into each child and bring out the best from within them. Highly motivated, positive and goal oriented. Dynamic and respected teaching professional with an exemplary record of conceiving and delivering strong interactive lesson plans customized to a student’s individual requirement. Maintain an excellent ability to establish and develop productive rapport with children and parents. Focused on implementing highly effective instructional practices to improve student learning and academic performance. Highly organized and efficient time manager.

Kamini Dhar

Social Skills Facilitator

Kamini heads the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills. PEERS® is a manualized, social skills training intervention for youth with social challenges. Parents are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.

In Her Own Words

PEERS –  Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) was originally developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS® Clinic, and Dr. Fred Frankel in 2005 and has expanded to locations across the United States and the world. PEERS® is a manualized, social skills training intervention for youth with social challenges. It has a strong evidence-base for use with adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, but is also appropriate for preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems. Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated adolescents in middle school or high school who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session adolescents are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities (e.g. playing sports, board games, etc.). Parents are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.

Mubeena Mohammed

Organisational Psychologist

Mubeena has been a global business speaker, author and management consultant for 15 years. She specializes in workplace culture, employee engagement and team dynamics. She holds double Bachelors’ degrees in Psychology and Philosophy, and a Masters’ degree in Industrial / Organisational Psychology from Hofstra University, New York.

In Her Own Words

Mubeena’s career purpose is to facilitate extraordinary results in organisations by applying her specialist knowledge of Organisational Psychology. She applies Philosophy and the Social Sciences in her consulting work to enable transformation in the workplace. Mubeena has advised large family businesses, multinationals and has been a group dynamics specialist since 2003. Her consulting work spans employee engagement, creating workplace cultures, thought leadership as a speaker and writer, and an Assessor for UAE Government awards. She is currently validating her new change management process in the Middle East, called SPEEDChange®. It is a revolutionary methodology that transforms teams without the use of training or external speakers, experts or commercial models. The process uses a team’s collective intelligence to create performance breakthroughs. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in two majors (Psychology and Philosophy) in May 2001 from Hofstra University, New York with departmental honors in Psychology. She received her Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Industrial/Organisational Psychology in May 2003 also from Hofstra University.

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