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Mental Health Practitioners Providing Virtual Counselling Services

Updated: Jun 17

As Melinda Smith rightly said , “It’s a frightening time. We’re in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, with cities and even entire countries shutting down. Some of us are in areas that have already been affected by coronavirus. Others are bracing for what may come. And all of us are watching the headlines and wondering, “What is going to happen next?”

Amidst the global chaos surrounding COVID-19 and with the strict lockdown in place , services have been classified as ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential’ by ruling bodies that , at large , do not relate to the problems of the general masses.

Only mental health practitioners practicing from hospitals and similar establishments are fully functional during this trying time.

However, irrespective of them being open to attending to clients , everyone (including us) is advising you not to step out of your home.

So the question that arises is- what should you do if you are seeking mental health related help and cannot go out ?(to counsellors’ offices or even their clinics)

Quarantines and lockdowns shouldn’t be , and fortunately aren’t , a reason for you to stop/delay seeking help , or someone to talk to.

With the existence and easy availability of e-therapy and virtual counselling services , you can seek help even in times of quarantine and self isolation. These are the times you need someone to talk to the most , and this is something mental health professionals are slowly recognising.

Benefits of e-therapy include

  • Accessible care to those in remote areas

  • Accesible care to those with physical limitations

  • Convenience and affordability

  • Helps you learn more about mental health and psychology from the comfort of your home

Here is a detailled list of mental health practitioners and organisations that are open to conducting online counselling sessions – be it via email , text , calls , video calls , skype ,anything.

We have also included their contact details , reviews and fees** that we believe to be true to the best of our knowledge.

1) Rajul Jagdish , founder of Room – The Mindcare Space

Location: Paldi , Ahmedabad

Mode of counselling : skype calls , video calls , voice calls , face to face

Charges : Usually ranges from 700-1200 depending on client’s budget and other factors

Contact : +91-8431455791 ; roomthespace@gmail.com

Room, The Mindcare Space provides mental health services to support people with their everyday struggles. While everyday struggles never cease to exist, Room gives a room to people to sit with them while they experience them.

Founded by Rajul Jagdish, the dream behind Room, the Mindcare Space is to create a model which can help future generations to visit less of mental health practitioners and help one another as a community. Rajul Jagdish and her establishment have experience in dealing with: depression, anxiety, grief work, domestic violence, substance abuse, sexual abuse, individuals with suicidal ideation, along with other low-risk cases. Whats more? They’re completely queer affirmative too!

2) Aanchal Narang , therapist at Another Light

Location: Andheri , Mumbai

Mode of counselling : online , face to face

Charges : Usually Rs.800 but discounts are available on a need basis

Contact : therapywithaanchal@gmail.com

A graduate from one of the best academic institutions in Mumbai (TISS , JNS) , Aanchal Narang is a brilliant psychologist practising not only online but also at Another Light.

Google reviewers describe Aanchal as empathetic and understanding. Clients feel comfortable and safe with her from the very first session. She is a therapist we highly recommend.

3) Ishita Gupta , founder and therapist at Breakthrough Counselling

Location: Oshiwara & Powai, Mumbai

Mode of counselling : skype sessions , face to face

Charges : Usually Rs.750 but discounts are available on a need basis

Contact : breakthroughcounsel@gmail.com ; +918304898144 , +919619681664

With her initiative, "Breakthrough Counseling", Ishita is making a perfect blend of Neuropsychology and Counseling services accessible in the mental healthcare space. She's a person with great analytical skills, structured approach to problem solving, and a demonstrated history to construct and test solutions for practical issues.

4) Multiple therapists at The Alternative Story

Location: Bangalore and Mumbai

Mode of counselling : online , skype sessions , face to face

Charges : Some therapists charge Rs. 1199 to 1499 but they do have a #PayWhatYouWant option starting from Rs. 299 , T&Cs of which can be found on their website

Contact : hello@alternativestory.in ; +917428292922

TAS is a very highly rated and reviewed counselling centre based in Bangalore and Mumbai , some of the busiest cities , home to some of the most cluttered minds. They are one of the very few centres to introduce a #PayWhatYouWant initiative for their clients , extending this as an initiative in their capacity to enable those who wish to start therapy and stay compliant with it regularly without finances coming in the way. The price you pay does not , in any manner , influence the quality of therapy and services extended to you. You can request a call back from them through their beautifully designed and easy to navigate website.

5) Multiple therapists at Pause for Perspective

Location: Near St. Francis Degree College , Hyderabad

Mode of counselling : online , skype sessions , face to face

Charges : Fees are on a case by case basis , we suggest you to call and discuss.

Contact : : +919490708947 , 8106864001, 7032562301 ; aarathi@pauseforperspective.com

Founded by Aarathi Selvan , PFP is a counselling centre built on the belief that we all need and deserve a space where we can be ourselves, be held, validated and accepted for who we are. They believe that our truth shines forth when we listen to our deeper selves, our inner wisdom. They also believe a higher perspective is always present and all we need is to pause and stay present with ourselves in order to receive it. Their space is the container for you to come into yourself and articulate your truth and presence. Google reviews confirm this by describing it as a safe , warm , homely environment.

6) Rashi Sinha , therapist at Mind Piper

Location: Gagan Vihar Road , New Delhi

Mode of counselling : online , voice calls , skype sessions , face to face

Charges : Usually around Rs.800 but discounts are available on a need basis

Contact : +918383887084 ; rashi@mindpiper.in

A DU graduate with a lot of experience and empathy , Rashi Sinha has worked in diverse settings such as psychiatry department of a government hospital, an elder-care facility and children’s homes, she has the experience of working with people from different age groups and cultural backgrounds. She has engaged in a wide range of clinical tasks such as client assessment, counseling and designing interventions based on different theoretical models at both the individual and the group level. Reviews describe her as understanding and caring.

7) Ana Khan ,therapist at Raahat Counselling Services

Location: Bandra (W) , Mumbai

Mode of counselling : online , voice calls , video calls , face to face

Charges : Can range from 800 to 2000 , kindly call to confirm

Contact : raahat.counselling@gmail.com ; +918657607196

Ana Khan is an alumnus of TISS and has prior experience with couples, adolescents and adults with concerns like anxiety, body image issues, depression, coping with a romantic separation, OCD and trauma.

Don’t let the lockdown hinder your process of healing. Call them today!

** this information has been taken from majorly crowdsourced platforms , hence we suggest you email the organisation /call the given numbers to confirm the session fees and how the online counselling works. Should you face any difficulties in contacting them , email us at letterstostrangersbombay@gmail.com and we promise to look into it

References :

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