Four girls and one dream - setting up a complete mental health center in Mumbai. This was what brought the four of us together to create Disha in the March of 1999.That is when it all began.......Disha's journey in the world of mental health. Disha's first working day was on 8th March, the International Women's Day. No, this was not by design. Or let's say, it was by divine design, and not through any conscious planning on our part. Back when we started Disha, we were just young girls fresh out of university, who knew nothing about running a business. But dreams we had in abundance, and a burning desire to do something in the field that we had chosen.
It has been an enlightening journey, in more ways than one. In those initial days, the four of us were not just partners of a company, but also the administrators, clerks, peons all rolled into one. We swept and cleaned the place ourselves, managed our own accounts and did all the legwork ourselves.
From 1999 to 2019, Disha has come a long way. Today, in addition to the four of us, Disha has a staff of six, plus associate consultants, who assist us as and when required.
Our services, which began with aptitude testing, career guidance and individual psychotherapy, today cover the entire spectrum of services in mental health, ranging from clinical assessments, in-depth vocational guidance, workshops for various target groups, individual and group psychotherapy, assessments for gifted, hyperactive and autistic children, corporate assessments, and many more programmes.
Today our clients range from individual patients, students, educational institutes MNCs to NGOs
There were many challenges en-route this journey, each challenge of a different nature, each one testing us in different ways. Adapting the entirely Western theories and concepts to the Indian setting, working with limited budgets, working with tests that had in built limitations, battling prejudices of being too 'young' to tackle cases are only some of these challenges.
Happily though, we have met each challenge head on, and dealt with it as a team, never losing sight of what Disha stands for. We emerged wiser from each challenge, with new insights and thoughts, which we integrated in our efforts to make Disha a professional organisation.
There have been challenges of a different nature too, ones that were aimed at our, and Disha's ethical and moral foundation. There were parents pressuring us to give doctored reports, clients wanting to take ethical shortcuts, colleagues and one time friends wanting to plagiarise tests and other copyrighted material. Many of these were difficult situations to tackle. But never once did our resolve to walk the straight path waver and we can proudly say today that Disha has never been part of any unethical dealings. While our earliest lessons in values and ethics came from our parents, it was our teachers at Ruparel College, who instilled in us the utter importance of never compromising a single professional ethic. This has been so deeply ingrained in us, that no matter what the situation, Disha has never been tempted to compromise on its ethics and values.
These past 20 years has seen Disha grow from strength to strength. From a small venture started by four friends to a thoroughly professional organisation with a strength of 10 and a network of associates and consultants ...... from an unknown entity to one of the better known counseling centers in the city ...... from an organisation that offered standard services such as aptitude testing and individual psychotherapy to a mental health center that reaches out to various populations such as the intellectually gifted, the hyperactive, the emotionally disturbed.
Indeed, Disha's voyage has already covered countless miles. Yet, Disha still has miles to go ...... our goal, that of setting up a complete mental health center, and catering to people from every walk of life, as of now is only partly achieved. Yet, we know that with the blessings of elders, with the immense love and goodwill that clients have showered on us, and with the sincere efforts of the entire Disha team, the day is not too far, where the goal would have been completely achieved.
- Fine Arts Auditorium, Chembur 14th May
- Acharya Atre Auditorium, Kalyan 15th May
- Veer Savarkar Auditorium, Dadar 21rd May
- Imperial Banquets, Raghuleela Arcade, Vashi 22th May
- Rangsharda Auditorium, Bandra(W) 28th May
- Bhaidas Hall, Vile Parle (W) 29th May
- Kashinath Ghanekar Auditorium, Thane 4th June
- Jasmine Banquet Hall, Raghuleela Mall, Kandivali (W) 5th June