Our Team

Symbiosis Centre for Emotional Wellbeing

Dr. Girija Mahale is a Psychiatrist and Heads the Symbiosis Centre for Emotional Wellbeing. She is also the Program Head for the recently launched B.Sc. in Mental Health UG degree Programme, under the Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences. She has close to 15 years of experience in the field.

She is extremely passionate about mental health and has worked in various subspecialties such as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Youth Mental Health, Deaddiction medicine etc. Her speciality area is Youth Mental health.

Apart from MD in Psychiatry from Seth GS Medical College, KEM Hospital, she has acquired her Fellowship from Royal Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatry where she extensively worked with age group of 12 to 25 years.
She is a compassionate leader, ardent advocate and teacher.

Psychological Counsellor

Tahera Kauserali Lokhandwala is the Psychological Counsellor at the Viman Nagar Campus. She graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) with a Master of Science (MSc.) in Social and Cultural Psychology with emphasis on Health Communications, Representations and Institutions and B.A. in Psychology (Hons) from Fergusson College.

She has previously worked with UNICEF as a State Consultant where she authored a research report on the quality of education in Indian rural communities. This report impacted policy for 4000 schools in Maharashtra. She went on to create an in-depth Life Skills curriculum grounded in psychological concepts for a Mentor Together Programme.This curriculum is being utilized by adolescent girls across several states in India.   She has also completed her Fellowship with Teach for India working closely with the needs of students, parents and teachers.

She has pursued certificate courses in Leadership Development from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and Women's Studies from Pune University. Tahera is a certified play and art therapist and believes in the expressive and meditative value of art. She has extensive experience working with children and young adults and supporting them through their development and healing journey. She firmly believes that quality education is one that has an all-round humanistic approach and actively integrates emotional health, wellbeing, positive values and mindsets into its system.

School Counsellor and Coordinator
Symbiosis Centre for Emotional Wellbeing

Sangeeta is the school counsellor and coordinator for Symbiosis Centre for Emotional Wellbeing. Mrs Sangeeta Rishipathak is a school counsellor, and is the SCEW coordinator for school counsellors who has worked with schools of Symbiosis for the past 8 years. She also collaborates and works with parents, teachers and students and provides them with workshops and lectures on emotional and mental health and wellbeing. She specialises in remedial teaching as well as play therapy, and provides these services to the Symbiosis Schools.

Psychological Counsellor

Yoshita is the psychological counselor at the Viman Nagar New campus. She completed her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore. She holds a post-graduate diploma in Applied Mahayana Buddhist Psychology & Ethics enabling her to use a blend of Eastern principles to facilitate mental wellbeing along with the Western concepts taught during her formal education with her clients. Her strengths lie in using an eclectic approach founded in cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness practices.

She brings with her 5 years of clinical experience in the treatment of mild to severe mental illnesses and enjoys working with youth mental health. Yoshita believes in producing systemic change and is, therefore, a strong believer in conducting sound empirical research, designing updated academic curricula, drafting policies, and advocating for mental health.

Psychological Counsellor

Dr. Nidhi is the psychological counsellor for the Hinjewadi campus. Dr. Nidhi is a clinical psychologist with a Ph.D in psychology and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Rajasthan University. She did her graduation in B.A. Honours in psychology from Maharani's college Jaipur. She has expertise in parental counselling and adolescent issues.

She has had extensive experience in working with ADHD, autism and mental retardation children. While working in the government of Rajasthan as state consultant for adolescent health division, got a chance to develop health programs for adolescents and implementation of health policy for youth. Additionally, she is a trainer and content developer. She has developed a psychological scale and has around 7 publications to her credit in national and international journals.

Psychological Counsellor

Mr. Khushal (B.Sc in Forensic Science, M.Sc in Neuropsychology, and M.Phil in Clinical Psychology) is an RCI-recognized professional. He is practicing as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Sunshine Counselling and Therapy Centre, and also works as a visiting psychologist at Tata Consultancy Services. He is TEAM CBT (Level 1) certified professional recognized by the Feeling Good Institute. He is specialized in personality evaluation and treatment of mood disorders using Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Therapy. He has successfully treated more than 2000 clients so far. His areas of interest are singing, making portraits, cooking and baking, and swimming.

Psychological Counsellor

Shreya has completed her Master’s in Clinical Psychology and she has also qualified the NET exam for Assistant Professorship. She has been working primarily with adolescents and young adults and is experienced in addressing a range of mental, emotional, behavioral, interpersonal and academic difficulties. She believes that each person inherently has the potential to bring about change in their lives, and that powers the therapeutic process. She adopts a multifaceted approach in her sessions, using the most effective, scientific techniques to address the person’s needs and facilitate their self-development.
Along with being a proficient mental health professional, she is also passionate about teaching and has worked in the capacity of a visiting faculty, as well as conducted various workshops and webinars. She has been actively working towards raising awareness about mental health and promoting well-being in the community.

Psychological Counsellor

Sucheta Rajmadhav Rao holds an M.Sc., Counseling Psychology and a PG Diploma in Life Skills, Sexuality and Reproductive Health. She speaks English, Kannada, Hindi, Konkani, Marathi. Specializes in Self Esteem, Relationships, Anxiety, Parenting, Stress, LGBTQI concerns. Sucheta works with individual, couples, and families for issues such as self-esteem, parenting and family related concerns. She focuses on exploring her clients' thought patterns and advocates dedicating time towards personal growth and wellbeing. Her area of expertise - Mid-life Crisis, Caregiver Stress, Procrastination and Habit Building and Body Image. With 6 years of active counselling practice, she believes in the motto ‘Live and Let Live’.

Psychological Counsellor

Nehal Pimpalkhare is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with an M. Phil in clinical psychology. She completed her M.Phil from Amity University, Mumbai and M.A from Fergusson College, Pune. Nehal has extensive experience in psychological assessments including various psychodiagnostic tools, intelligence tests, neuropsychological tests, personality assessments, etc. Her training and expertise in cognitive therapies and various other multidisciplinary and expressive approaches enable her to effectively diagnose and treat a range of psychological concerns.

Psychological Counsellor

Prajakta has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Modern College, Pune. Her expertise lies in various fields of psychology including research, school, parent and family counselling to name a few. She not only handles clients suffering from depression, anxiety and substance abuse but also works with clients who have issues related to interpersonal relationships, self-esteem and emotional dysregulation. Prajakta has hands-on experience working with suicide survivors and has been a part of a major suicide research project in Pune. In addition to this, she is very passionate about travelling, art and dancing. She believes that people who adopt resilience as their way of life, are better equipped at dealing with challenges in life.



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