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Name: Ms Samindara Sawant
Qualification: MA in Clinical Psychology (Mumbai University)
Designation: Director (Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Hypnotherapist)
Samindara specializes in psycho diagnostics and clinical assessments and has considerable experience in child, adolescent, marriage as well as family psychotherapy. Samindara has extensive experience in conducting workshops and training and has worked with various populations like students, parents, employees, teachers and so forth. She is also experienced in competency mapping, assessment and development centers, performance management, competency development and so forth.
As a psychologist, Samindara has often been invited to write on mental health, parenting, and other related topics for well known magazines and newspapers such as The Times of India, Mid Day, Classroom, Complete Wellbeing as well as regional newspapers like Maharashtra Times. She has been an honorary expert columnist on marital counselling for the portal www.rediff.com, and has several articles on this portal. She is author of ‘Taming the Tornado: A Parent Manual to Manage the ADHD Child’, which was published in April 2011.
Samindara believes in keeping herself updated and continually upgrading her skills. She is a Certified 16PF Professional. In the course of her career, she has also undergone specialized training programmes in adolescent counseling, behaviour therapy for autistic children, hypnotherapy, and so forth. A trained hypnotherapist and psychotherapist, Samindara practices integrated healing and is also a trained Crystal Healer and Reiki Practitioner.
Samindara blogs on: http://samindara.blogspot.com/
Name: Ms Mugdha (Janhavi) Bavare
Qualification: MA in Counseling Psychology (Mumbai University)
Designation: Director (Counseling Psychologist & Sports Counseling)
Trained in Counseling Psychology from the University of Mumbai Area of specialization: vocational guidance and career counseling. Has an experience of conducting psychometric evaluations and assessments. Has been trained in Assessment & Development Centers and has been an assessor for assessment centers for prestigious organizations, like the Aditya Birla Group of Companies.
She has written extensively on career related issues for leading Marathi newspapers like the Maharashtra Times, Samana and Loksatta and magazines like My Doctor, Saptahik Vivek and so forth and also for Kalanirnaya yearly calendar.
A national level swimmer, who has won the prestigious state level award, the Chhatrapati Award, she also practices as a Sports Psychologist and has developed a module in Sports Psychology. She has been associated with Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and has been regularly conducting group and individual sessions for cricketers. She helps sports people from various other sports like Tennis, Tabel Tennis, Chess, Swimming and so forth. She is also attached to many organizations and clubs as a sport psychologist and work towards training athletes in mental conditioning.
Name: Ms. Anuradha Prabhudesai
Qualification: MA / Psychology (Mumbai University)
Designation: Director (Counseling Psychologist & MBTI Practitioner)
Anuradha is well renowned for her expertise in vocational guidance and career counseling. She is tireless in keeping herself updated on the latest career information, and is a walking encyclopedia of various courses, colleges, and career options. Anuradha is the creator of Disha's comprehensive career database, which profiles careers and courses across India. She is often solicited to give career information talks and hold career planning workshops at various esteemed educational institutions across the city of Mumbai. Along with regular career guidance, she has also developed specialized career guidance modules for children with Learning Disabilities as well as Intellectual Deficits.
Anuradha is also experienced in conducting psychometric evaluations and assessments. She is a certified MBTI Professional and also coordinates the psychometric assessment vertical at Disha, Psychometrica. Developing Customized Psychometric Tests for Organisations is a keen area of interest for her and she has done so for various organisations.
Anuradha specializes in writing articles on psychological and related issues and has written for major newspapers like the Times of India, Midday, and magazines like My Doctor, Classroom and so forth. As a vocational expert, Anuradha has written regularly for the Education Times and was handling the Q and A column as well as the Coursing Along column. She has also written for other newspapers such as DNA, Lokmat and so forth.Anuradha also headed
the team at Disha for providing content for the career portal campuscloseup.com Anuradha has often been invited as an expert on various regional television talk shows on Doordarshan, Star Majha, IBM Lokmat and other TV channels.
Name: Ms. Shital Ravi
Qualification: MA in Counseling Psychology (Mumbai University)
Designation: Director (Counseling Psychologist)
<p>As a psychologist, Shital’s forte lies in personality assessments, psychometric evaluations, individual counseling and therapy. She has considerable experience in child, adolescent, marriage as well as family psychotherapy. Shital has extensive experience in conducting workshops and training and has worked with various populations like children, adolescents, parents, working employees, teachers, social workers and so forth. She is also experienced in competency mapping & assessment and development centers. </p><p> A prolific writer, Shital has often been invited to write on mental health, parenting, and other related topics for well known magazines and newspapers such as <b>The Times of India, DNA, Complete Wellbeing, Gokulam, Theosophical Digest, Aspirations as well as regional newspapers like Sakal.</b> A firm believer in continuous learning, Shital believes in constantly upgrading her skills. Hence in the course of her career, she has also undergone specialized training programs in REBT, Art therapy, Play therapy, Dance Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and so forth. She is currently getting trained from the California Hypnosis Institute of India (CHII), and has already completed her Basic Course in Integrated Clinical Hypnosis and is a Master Hypnotist.</p><p> She has also completed the Clinical Course on assessment of Dyslexia and Reading Disorders by Ms. Susan Lowell, Vice President, The International Dyslexia Association. She recently participated in the 4th World Congress on ADHD, held in June 2013, in Milan, Italy where Disha Counseling Center presented a paper on the ‘Misconceptions and Knowledge of Mumbai School Teachers on ADHD</p><p> Shital is also a post graduate in Classical dance [Bharatanatyam] from the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and has won many National titles like ‘Singar Mani’, ‘Nritya Shivali and Natyamayuri for excellence in the field of dance. As an accomplished Bharatnatyam danseuse, she constantly strives to combine her two interests; of psychology and dance. She has done a research project on dance and movement therapy and aims to further enrich her experience and knowledge in using dance for therapeutic purposes. </p>
Ms. Poonam Ghadigaonkar
Center Manager & Counseling Psychologist
Poonam has specialized in counseling psychology from Mumbai University and has a post graduate diploma in counseling from Somaiya College. Poonam has been a counselor with Disha Counseling Center since 2004, and has been handling the role and responsibility of center manager for the past 5 years. Poonam has experience in teaching psychology to undergraduate students for about 2 years.
Poonam specializes in handling children and family issues. Her experience ranges from conducting workshops with parents, teachers, and students. Also handles the corporate social welfare workshops (CSR), which focus on providing study skills and life skills development in English and Marathi for underprivileged students.
Sukhada Gole Kelkar
Sukhada Gole Kelkar is a Counseling Psychologist. Sukhada is actively working in the area of psychological assessments, psychometric evaluation - assessments, career guidance and counseling, and conducting workshops with students, teachers, parents, adults and special populations. With her training in the field of Indian Classical MusicSukhada has considerable experience in training hyperactive and gifted children through Music Therapy. Presently, Sukhada has proudly completed her Level 1 in Clinical Hypnotherapy from the California Hypnosis Institute of India.
Suchitra has been a part of Disha for the past 10 years. She has been effectively and enthusiastically handling the administrative and accounts work, telephone operator all rolled into one….
she manages these varied roles with ease in Disha. Suchitra’s core focus area is to ensure running of the office smoothly without any glitches!
Clinical Psychologist & Remedial Educator
Nikita has completed her masters in Clinical Psychology from SNDT University. She has done a certified course in Remediation. Her areas of interest and specialization include psychological and clinical assessment, counseling and remediation.
She has also been part of Disha’s School/College Mental Health programme, and has offered mental health services to educational institutes such as Prime Academy.
She also has been working with Rustomjee Troopers as a Counselor.
Ms. Sandhya Limaye - Almelkar
She has completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Mumbai University and has post graduation diploma in school counseling from Pune university. She is working with Disha Counseling Center.
She is actively involved in psychometric assessments, career assessments and counseling, personal counseling and conducting workshops for students.
She is a consulting psychologist at Podar and Ruparel College of Arts, Commerce and Science and in Center for Child development. Her experience includes working with MANAS mental health Hospital (Psychiatric clinic and Counselling Center) as counseling psychologist.
<p>Pratiksha has completed her masters in counseling psychology from SNDT University. Pratiksha has a considerable experience in school counseling, personal counseling, Workshops and assessment</p> <p> She is with Disha as a counseling Psychologist, and is also a consulting Psychologist at SIES school in Matunga, and Bhaktivedanta swami mission school. Her areas of interest lie in child counseling, workshops and personal counseling. </p> <p> Pratiksha has also successfully completed short term courses of Child psychology and neuropsychology from Ruia College, Matunga.</p>
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