Our Team | Mental Health counsellor
Meet Your Therapist...
Meet Priyanka! (she/her)
Founder - Psychologist
Priyanka Varma is a mental health professional who specializes in clinical psychology, counseling and psychotherapy. She has previously trained in London and then in Mumbai. Her experience spans over 10 years where she was worked with a wide spectrum of the population. Along the way Priyanka drew towards the concepts of self-awareness and self-acceptance that are now the foundations of her therapeutic framework. She enjoys her work with young adults as they navigate the changing society triggered by technology advancement. Her research focus has been internet addiction and is now how we can use technology to better serve emotional and mental health needs of people. In addition, she is also consults at Holy Family Hospital, Global Hospitals.
Zena Yarde holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and is comically serious about her own inner development and growth. Having looked up to psychologists like Jung, Rogers, and Bowlby, she uses a humanistic orientation, informed by depth psychology in her therapeutic practice. She credits a large part of her formation to her experience in working with terminally ill patients and families in the field of Palliative Care. She tries to approach each therapy session with curiosity and interest and believes in the transformative nature of the therapeutic alliance for the client as well as the psychologist. She continues to enjoy this journey in her own comically melancholic, comically serious way.
Meet Zahra! (she/her)
Zahra is a mental health practitioner with a specialisation in clinical psychology and adolescent mental health. She has completed her training in Mumbai and London. Zahra is experienced in working with children, adolescents and young adults in various clinical setups. Her research interests lie in adapting therapeutic techniques to individuals with neuro-developmental disorders. She also volunteers for NGOs aimed at social change. She believes addressing both the psychological and social aspects of an individual.
Meet Malvika! (she/her)
Malvika has completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology and is also an Animal Assisted Therapist and Arts Based Therapist. Before joining The Thought Co., Malvika has worked in various schools and organisations. She has worked with a diverse range of people with a wide age range from 7 years to 90 years. She has also dealt with a wide range of mental health concern like special needs, disabilities, anxiety, depression, etc. Her work mainly focuses on Emotional and Social needs. She incorporates Person Centred Approach, REBT and CBT in her therapy sessions. She believes that there should be a balance between conventional and non conventional psychology techniques. Apart from therapy sessions and counselling, she is also actively involved in developing workshops and awareness-building seminars.
Meet Shipra! (she/her)
Shipra, a lover of chai, sunsets, kittens and plants, is the team member the rest of The Thought Co. was waiting for. She comes with extensive work with trauma and a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She is constantly learning and discovering different therapeutic models and thus likes to take an eclectic approach in her practice and incorporates body based, trauma informed methods in therapy. Empathy has always been her key to connecting with people. She continues to work extensively in the field of mental health advocacy and social work.
Meet The Power House...
Meet Aniruddha! (he/him)
A former TEDx speaker, Aniruddha Mahale is a writer who also runs the Guysexual, a portal for queer culture in the desi context.
Having previously published with Juggernaut Books, FirstPost, GQ and VICE India, he is currently working on his second novel with Harper Collins.
Ruchita a self taught graphic designer began her career with a conventional MBA. The pandemic helped her reconnect with her first love, art and everything that came under the umbrella. Like any passionate lover, she is protective of her drawing gadgets and creates her colour palettes by capturing natural landscapes around her when travelling. She loves to makes rainbow salads, watch animated movies and she’ll buy Happy Meals only for the Minion toys!
Along our journey of mental health advocacy we always remember to unwind with each other…
We kick started 2022 in the vast emptiness of the Arabian Sea and we had a blast!