We are a team of young, passionate and compassionate professionals, all coming together under one name because of one common agenda, our love for Psychology! We understand that mental health care, it’s awareness and accessibility in India is in its infancy, and we’re driven by the mission to break the systematic and structural stigma by individual efforts.
Dr. Niharika Thakkar
M.A. (Clinical Psychology); PhD (Social & Behavioral Sciences), Leiden University Netherlands
Niharika is an insightful, creative, and restlessly ambitious individual, with a rabid social conscience. She ardently believes that mental health awareness is necessitated in the world right now, particularly more so in countries like India, where the insatiable demand of our population for mental health care is woefully underserved.
Niharika has a Bachelors’s and Masters’s in Clinical Psychology from Fergusson College, University of Pune. At college, she excelled in academics and shined through when she was awarded the “most deserving candidate of the year” scholarship in her final year in 2011. After completing her post-graduation, she worked as a counselor for over 4 years, where her work presented her with the opportunity to work with a gamut of people and leverage her knowledge of the field in variegated domains including testing and diagnosis, child & adult therapy, and rehabilitation.
“Working as a psychotherapist helped me understand myself better, gain insight and self-awareness, but more importantly, I found my passion and my purpose.”
Her experience working with end clients not only confirmed her interest and aptitude in the field of Psychology, but also it was the opportunity to understand and reflect human emotions, feelings, and sentiments that she came to value the most!
In 2012, she cleared her National Eligibility Test by the University Grants Commission of India for Ph.D. and lectureship, which prompted her to start working towards a more ambitious degree, a doctorate. After gaining gratifying work experience in India, Niharika was accepted as a Ph.D. scholar in 2014 at the prestigious Leiden University, Netherlands, an institution that prides itself with names like Albert Einstein and Rembrandt on its alumni list. She received a full grant to pursue her Ph.D. in the field of “Bullying and Victimization in junior high schools; the role of students’ characteristics, teacher’s attitude and socio-demographic contexts in school”.
Niharika has now completed her Ph.D. and works as the Director of Global Health and Education at the Hsopital for Special Surgery at Cornell Medical in New York. She also dedicates all her free time and energy towards PsychLine.in that she considers to be her mission. She has also worked as a Psychology teacher and school counselor and has several international publications to her name.
She has been an avid Chess player since childhood and is a hopeless dog lover. However, if there is one thing for which she would leave everything else in the world behind, it would be surfing!
Dr. Shivani Dua
M.B.B.S; M.D., Psychiatry (Registration No. 1982/2021)
Dr. Shivani Dua is a young, bright, and distinguished Psychiatrist. She fell in love with the subject during her early career, when she immediately recognized that her true calling in life could be none other than practicing psychiatry.
Dr. Dua’s easy-going and ever-smiling personality, coupled with her empathetic treatment approach, sets her apart in this field of science. She strongly believes that effective clinical, mental, and emotional well-being largely relies on understanding the unique set of challenges of an individual, while making them feel relaxed and comfortable. She begins each new session with first familiarizing with the patient, their background, and undertaking a detailed history from the root up, to subsequently formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan. She makes time for her patients, and focuses on properly educating individuals and their family regarding the diagnosis, possible treatment options, and the prognosis keeping in mind the socio-cultural background of every individual. Through her experience, she understands that a healthy collaboration between the psychiatrist, the patient, and the family, are at the heart of effective treatment.
Dr. Dua utilizes a multi-dimensional problem solving approach in Psychiatry, and her critical thinking process with her quick decision-making abilities makes her a distinguished professional. During her residency, she worked with faculty members from the top institutions from India and has worked with individuals across the entire spectrum of psychiatric disorders. She is specialized in treating Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar (Mood) Disorders, Schizophrenia, Sexual disorders, Sleep disorders, Addiction and Substance Use Disorders, as also Child and Adolescent Disorders. Not only has she participated in various state and national level seminars and conferences, but has also helped conduct various CMEs during her residency. She also has exceptional management skills, and has successfully hosted several conferences with charm and poise. The ever learning approach of Dr. Dua keeps her ahead of the curve in treatment and diagnosis in this particular field of medical sciences.
She is particularly interested in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and finds it natural to connect with children. Presently, she also works as a senior resident at M.Y. Hospital, Indore supervising the needs of over 100 patients in a day. She is also fond of teaching and delivers regular classes with psychiatry trainees, as well as medical and psychology interns.
Dr. Dua is reliable, authentic, and wonderful. Her youthful spirit, her empathetic and friendly personality, coupled with her zest for constantly keeping herself updated with modern research for state-of-the-art medications and treatment options sets her apart!
M.Sc. (Applied Psychology); PG Diploma (Guidance and Counseling); PG Diploma (Rehabilitation Psychology)
Mandeep is a friendly, empathetic, and insightful therapist, who is passionately dedicated to her work. She has a natural knack for making people feel heard and understood, and is able to develop instant rapport with her clients, children as well as adults. She is one of the few RCI certified Rehabilitation Psychologists in India (CRR No. A68050). She completed her graduation in Psychology (Hons.) from Delhi University and her Masters in Applied Psychology from Vinayaka Mission University. She also holds post graduate diplomas in Guidance and Counseling from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, as well as in Rehabilitation Psychology from MDU, Rohtak.
She is an avid Mental Health advocate and has over 10 years of experience working in the field in India. Her core area of interest and expertise is Child and Adolescent Developmental and Adjustment challenges. Therapeutic approaches used by her include play therapy, parenting skills training, behavior therapy and relaxation therapy. Moreover, being a young mother herself, she can intimately understand the challenges of parenthood and firmly believes in conscious parenting, especially in the Indian context.
Mandeep has also been involved in the creation of the Drivers Personality Development Checklist, a reliable and valid psychometric tool made for a well-established Driving School in New Delhi. She has conducted several workshops for teachers, children, and support staff at schools, and has been famously successful in her interactions with school students. She believes that her ability, skills and knowledge should be used impartially and rightfully to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
“I believe there is nothing good or bad, it’s just the colour of the mirror you look through.”
BA (Psychology); MSc (Clinical Psychology); MPhil (Clinical Psychology)
Saachi has always been passionate about learning & growing in the field of Psychology. She is licensed through the Rehabilitation Council of India to practice as a Clinical Psychologist (CRR No. A72541), and is deeply connected to her profession. She completed her MPhil in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences, New Delhi, an MSc (Clinical Psychology) from Christ University, Bangalore, and a BA (Psychology) from Mumbai University. She has been trained in various domains of psychological assessments and interventions and has attained certifications to practice as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Graphologist, Dream Analyst, CBT/REBT therapist, and Trauma focused therapist.
Through her work she aims to provide a safe space for all individuals who want to share their story in a non-judgmental, compassionate, and supportive environment allowing everyone the opportunity to feel empowered. A therapeutic approach and field that most interests as well as intrigues her is that of Positive Psychology, which emphasizes on seeking insightful and positive solutions rather than problem solving.
She wants to dedicate her life to heal people who are in need of psychological care. Her vision is to apply her knowledge and skills in the mental healthcare system to facilitate meaningful lives and support people that struggle with everyday challenges as well as clinical conditions.
“In this big world, the most effective form of healing is to have at least one safe space to work through our fears and overcome our challenges”.
M.A. Clinical Psychology
Aseess is an empathetic, curious and driven individual, deeply invested in the field of psychology and mental health care.
She has completed her Bachelors in psychology through University of Delhi and Masters in Clinical Psychology through Amity University, Noida, with rigorous training in different psychotherapeutic approaches including cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical-behaviour therapy, solution-focused therapy, as well as psychodynamic and existential therapies.
She passionately engages in research in the field of community mental health, with her recent projects investigating intergenerational trauma, anxiety, cyberbullying, economic challenges with mental health as well as identity and self in neurodivergent individuals.
She has also volunteered in several community medicine settings including government hospitals, maternity clinics, palliative care wards to extend psychological first aid and counselling.
As a counsellor, she embraces a trauma-informed and queer-friendly lens, providing her clients with a safe and enriching space to express themselves, explore their potential, while actively adapting her therapeutic approaches to best suit her clients’ needs.
Writing is her favourite medium of expression, and you’d always find her with endless questions and engaging reflections!
MSc. (Sport and Exercise Psychology), Sheffield Hallam University, U.K; M.A (Industrial and Organisational Psychology), Mumbai, India
Nupur is one of the very few qualified Sport Psychologists in India, a true example of passion meets work. Apart from her commendable achievements in academics, she has made her mark and earned her respect in the world of sports. She was a former National level skater and International tennis player.
Her personal achievements in sports help her develop immediate and intimate rapport with her students and clients. She focuses on combining physical as well as mental aspects to facilitate a holistic learning approach.
Her vision is to ensure that every athlete in India must and should have access to a qualified Sports Psychologist, to attain peak performance in sporting ability through optimum mental wellbeing.