The Team

Priyanka Podder

Clinical Psychologist
Availability:Thursday  6 PM onwardsSaturday  6 PM onwardsSunday  10 AM - 6 PM
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Priyanka Podder is a consultant Clinical Psychologist. She has completed M. Phil in Clinical Psychology and has been working in the field of mental health and related research.

She conducts psychometric assessments and psychotherapy with children and adults. The therapeutic approaches used mainly include Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Family Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. She also takes a keen interest in the field of Forensic Psychology


Priyanka Bhattacharya

Clinical Psychologist
Availability:Monday  2 PM - 5:30 PMTuesday  10 AM - 5:30 PMFriday  10 AM - 2 PMSaturday  10 AM - 5 PM
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She has completed her M. Phil Training in Clinical Psychology from Calcutta University and is working in the field for the last 8 years. She specializes in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy based interventions with adjuvant techniques for treating emotional, behaviuoral and neuro-developmental disorders.

Priyanka's area of special interest is school mental health and she loves to take up the challenge of working with children and adolescents who are unwilling learners or are even unwilling to attend school. She uses parent training and family management skills for holistic treatment along with liaison with schools with the goals of maximizing client’s functioning and providing guidelines to schools. Inclusion for all children, taking into account their diversity, difficulty and backgrounds is a a philosophy she firmly believes in and strives her best to enable young people to achieve it. She takes interest in assessing and providing supportive care for psychoeducational disorders like ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia. In her capacity as a UGC qualified teacher she enjoys training in post graduate levels for introduction, sensitization and conceptualization of childhood related disorders. .

Her future interests are in starting clinic and community based therapy groups for young people with anger management, social skills deficit and behaviour problems.


PARMEET SONI

Clinical Psychologist
Availability:Tuesday  10 AM - 8 PMWednesday  10 AM - 8 PMSaturday  10 AM - 5 PM
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Parmeet Soni (M.Sc, M.Phil) is a registered Clinical Psychologist, qualified in 2010 and has been working in mental health and research settings since 2012. She works mainly with children, adolescents and young adults in the area of emotional and behavioral disorders and has extensive experience in conducting psycho-diagnostic assessments and providing psychotherapy using evidence based methods.

Through her work with children and young people, Parmeet has understood that many poor school performers have hidden and undetected Developmental Disorders like ADHD, Dyslexia and Asperger's Syndrome and trying to understand why children do not learn despite having adequate intellectual abilities, is one of her key areas of interest.

She provides parent training as well as works in liaison with schools to recommend viable management solutions for children. She has a special interest in the clinical training and supervision, participating in clinical training and supervision, participating in clinically-based research, and in the area of bereavement and grief counseling.


Somdeb Mitra

Clinical Psychologist
Availability:Sunday  10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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Somdeb Mitra is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist. He completed his M.Phil in Clinical Psychology training from the Department of Psychology, Calcutta University in the year 2010 and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. Somdeb has extensive experience of working with government and non-government organisations providing mental health care services.

He uses different types of empirically supported therapeutic approaches (Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family Therapy etc.) depending on the client’s need. He has special interest in Psychodynamic Therapy and treating adolescents and adults having mood fluctuations, relationship problems and difficulty with anger control. He finds it especially rewarding to align himself with adolescents and young adults who feel alienated from their families, peers and society and attempts, through his therapeutic strategies, to increase their competencies to resolve their difficulties.


Manisha Bhattacharya

Clinical Psychologist
Availability:Wednesday  2 PM - 6 PMFriday  3 PM - 8 PM
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Ms. Manisha Bhattacharya is a Clinical Psychologist (RCI registered); she has done her M.Phil in clinical psychology from Department of Psychology, University of Calcutta in 2012. Her areas of special interests are anxiety spectrum disorder, depression and working with children and adults with High functioning Autism.


SHATABHISHA CHATTERJEE

Clinical Psychologist
Availability:Monday  11 AM - 2 PMThursday  11 AM - 6 PMFriday  11 AM - 6 PM
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Shatabhisha is a clinical psychologist, and a licensed psychotherapist under Rehabilitation Council of India. She has done her M.Phil in Clinical Psychology the University of Calcutta and is currently pursuing her Ph.D.

She primarily works with children, adolescents, and young adults- in their search for strategies to deal with the different issues we encounter in our journey from childhood to becoming a responsible independent adult. Her areas of special interest lie in the field of marital and sexual issues and difficulties. Her clinical experience has taught her that communication often becomes a key area of difficulty which leads to a variety of emotional and anger management problems in adults and behavioral problems in younger members of the family.

She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to untie the knots in communication and through the therapy sessions. She helps to create a space that helps individuals and families communicate more openly and honestly, which ultimately enables them to move forward.


SHANEEL MUKERJI

Special Educator
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Shaneel began working in Special Education in Scotland, UK, in 2001 and focuses mainly on individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Her work includes parent and teacher training in social communication, adaptive skills and behavior management. Children with Autism face significant hurdles in their daily living, in their schools, homes and in their social environment. Shaneel attempts to offer solutions for these problems, working in partnership with the child and their significant others. This involves liaison between home, school and professionals involved with the child.

One of her main areas of interest is providing school based solutions for children with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome, who present with a range of difficulties in behaviour, learning and peer group interactions. Shaneel is a key member of the training initiatives of MHF, training teachers, carers and professionals on Autism and related Developmental Disorders. Her MSc (Applied Psychology) dissertation explored paediatrician, psychiatrist and psychologist’s awareness in diagnosing Autism. She has also been involved in large-scale research projects in the area of Autism and community mental health.

Her 2nd job is that of a Latin Dance instructor, which she does with her husband who is a full-time dancer. She uses this platform to raise awareness about Autism within the community, and working on inclusion for those who require a social outlet in a sheltered informed environment.


Lipica Bhattacharya

Special Educator
Availability:Thursday  9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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Ms Lipica Bhattacharya is a special educator working with children with delayed development and poor school performance since 1995.She has done her B.Ed and M.Ed from SNDT University ,Mumbai .She had her training in teaching children with Cerebral Palsy ,mental retardation and Specific Learning disorders. She is also attached to Department of Psychology, University of Calcutta as a guest lecturer and is attached to a research project on learning disorders in the same department.

She has been training teachers, psychologists ,parents and school administrators on how to identify and intervene poor school performance. She plans adaptive curriculum for integrated schools and schools for first generation learners. Her area of interest is Specific Learning Disorders or “dyslexia’ as commonly known. She assess ,intervenes and helps ‘Eshan Avastis’ of the famed film “Tare Zamin Per” . Training parents and children to reflect on their own behavior and modify it according to the need of the environment through self monitoring is something she does most often.


Mahua Paul

Special Educator
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Ms Mahua Paul (B.Ed – Special Education) has been a practicing special educator and behavior management professional since 2001. She teaches children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and learning disabilities. Her areas of interest include Early Intervention Programs, Academic Intervention through customized learning strategy design, Outdoor Learning, Group Learning, Activity Design and Learning through Theatrical and Performing Art.

She is a regular theatre actor, a recitation artiste and also trained in ‘Drama for Autism’ (Velvi). She is also an avid traveler and a wildlife rehabilitator.


Shweta Srivastava

Special Educator
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Shweta Srivastava is a special educator .She has been working with Learning Disabled children since 2010.She has completed Masters degree in Human Development from the University of Calcutta. She has done her B.Ed in Mental Retardation from NIMH and also has a PG diploma in Human Rights.

She has worked as a Special Educator for trafficked girls in a juvenile home. Her areas of interest are in providing assessment ,remedial education for learning disordered and specific learning disordered children. She also imparts work habit training for children with ADHD and Autism spectrum Disorder. She runs group training sessions for ADHD and ASD children who attend mainstream schools.


DR. JAI R. RAM

Psychiatrist, Joint Director MHF
Availability:Monday to Thursday  6 PM - 9 PM
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As an adolescent, Dr Jai Ranjan Ram always wanted to be a food critic and a travel guide. Unfortunately, his dreams of eating exotic food from all over the planet while he traveled remained unfulfilled and he chose a far less interesting career of Medicine instead. However, as a Psychiatrist with special interest in children and young people, he gets to relive the dreams and aspirations of young minds and feels blessed that he has, in his own very small way, enabled some troubled minds to gain freedom and blossom.

Dr Jai Ranjan Ram, is an MD in Psychiatry from NIMHANS, Bangalore and also has MRCPsych from UK and CCST in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has accreditation as a Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in UK . He worked in United Kingdom for 11 years before returning to Kolkata and is now a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist attached to Apollo Gleneagles Hospital in Kolkata. He co founded Mental Health Foundation, which focuses on providing treatment for children, young people and adults with mental health problems in a multi-disciplinary setting.
He acts as an advisor to several social care organisations working with children and women and is currently involved in a large scale multi centered community mental health project spanning 5 different sites in India.

One of the areas of interest for him is explaining the nuances of mental health to the wider community and hence he takes special interest in interacting with the media to represent facts and remove the stigma around mental illnesses. Dr Ram is a strong believer in providing increased access for everyone with mental health problems and is actively involved in training professionals, teachers and carers on issues related to child and adolescent mental health. In his work with families and troubled minds, he likes to believe, like the protagonist from one of his favorite movies, that it will be all right in the end and if it is not all right, then it is not the end.


Dr Abhiruchi Chatterjee

Psychiatrist
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Dr Abhiruchi Chatterjee is a Kolkata based Psychiatrist specializing in multiple areas of psychiatry namely adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry as well as community psychiatry. Dr Chatterjee completed his MBBS from R G Kar Medical College under University of Calcutta. Having been interested since childhood in the eternal relationship of human and their environment, interpersonal relationships and human behavior, he took up psychiatry as his subject of specialization to nurture his inquisitive mind with the never-ending mystery of human psyche.
Dr Chatterjee did his DNB training in psychiatry from LGB Regional Institute of mental health (LGBRIMH) in Tezpur, amidst the raw, natural beauty of Assam and cleared the DNB(Psychiatry) examination of National Board of examination (NBE),New Delhi. He has also undergone training at NIMHANS, Bangalore and CMC, Vellore. In addition to his professional practice, Dr Chatterjee is also engaged with social welfare organizations and mental health NGOs such as Iswar Sankalpa.
He has an interest in depicting the complex human psyche in pictorial from. Sketching and cartooning are his passion. He is also interested in a few alternative forms of psychotherapy, specially ‘Art therapy’. Dr Chatterjee is an active member of several psychiatric association and societies like ‘Indian Psychiatric Society’ (IPS) and ‘Kolkata Psychiatry club’ (KPC).


Sreemoyee Sen Ram

Consultant in Social Care, Joint Director MHF
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With an experience spanning more than fifteen years, Sreemoyee holds a Masters degree in Social Work. She possesses a national U.K. registration number as a trained Social Worker, allowing her to practise in United Kingdom. She has worked in U.K. and in Kolkata, India with reputed NGOs. Her focus of interest lies in working with disadvantaged and vulnerable children and families. Her dissertation is a reflection of the services provided to this vulnerable group. She has mastered in assessments, building assessment tools, conceptualising Child Protection & Case Management and linking those with Mental Health.

She has provided training and developed modules for sensitising programmes, for NGO workers . She has many years of experience of direct work with trafficked women and children and held Senior positions in Organisations working on such a cause. She is the Joint Director and Consultant in Social Care, in Mental Health Foundation. Sreemoyee, through her work in the UK and India, feels that it is extremely difficult for marginalized children and women to access quality mental health care. Hence, she wants to break the barriers that exist between NGO’s working in the field and mental health care providers. One of her key aim is to demystify mental health by providing training for Lay Counselors. She leads the networking and training initiatives of Mental Health Foundation with Social Care Organisations.

She is passionate about Wildlife and photography. She enjoys cooking, reading and listening to music but nothing else brings her more joy than a Safari trip to the Wildlife Reserves and Forests and capturing beauties in Nature.


Santanu Mukherjee

Speech & Language Pathologist
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“Success is led by the power of communication” The magic word is Communication. Mr Santanu Mukherjee who is a Speech language pathologist uses dynamic strategies to elicit child oriented communicative behaviors. He has completed his studies from National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, Eastern Regional Centre.
In the vast field of language and communication he holds a special interest to work with both children and adults having communication difficulties. His versatility surrounds in working with children with Autism and ADHD, Stammering/ Stuttering, Misarticulation (unclear speech), Pragmatic language delay, Post stroke speech and language rehabilitation. Apart from speech and language he also has a vast experience on working with voice and Swallowing disorders. He is an active member of Indian Speech and Hearing Association and RCI registered practitioner in this field since 2011


Asimayan Nandy

Paediatric Physiotherapist
Availability:Monday  3:15 PM - 9 PMWednesday  8:30 AM - 1:30 PMSaturday  5 PM - 8:30 PM
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Asimayan is a Paediatric Neuro developmental Therapist trained from South African Neuro Developmental Therapy Association,Johannesburg ,South Africa.He is also trained in Ayres Sensory Integration from the University of Southern California, USA. He works with children and families, helping them find hands-on solutions and strategies for their day to day concerns.

He works with children with cerebral palsy, neuromotor disorders and specific learning disorders with sensory issues and firmly believes in functional independence. He holds a specialized clinical experience in the field of splinting.