Meet the team
GROWING AND ENTHUSIASTIC
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. Her work is inclusive and driven by the need to de-stigmatize mental health. This is evidenced by her work on the Mental Health Awareness Weekend, and the Mental Health Toolbox. In addition, she is instrumental in setting up Mumbai’s longest running Support Group of Caregivers of Dementia.
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 in creating something new, 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.
Program Head – Psychologist
Unnati is a Queer Affirmative Mental Health Practitioner with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. They have experience working with children and young adults of various socio-economic backgrounds, and has also volunteered for a Suicide Prevention Helpline – Samaritans Mumbai. Unnati believes in the mind-body connection, and integrates it into their practice to create more intuitive mental healthcare strategies. They have previously managed a Mental Health project that provided free counseling to about 10,000 underprivileged school children across the suburbs of Mumbai.
Content Head – Psychologist
Sarika is a mental health practitioner with a specialisation in clinical psychology. She has been a part of The Thought Co. over the past years growing from an intern, to content head and now a practicing psychologist. Sarika has also volunteered at various NGOs and worked with various populations, trying to explore different aspects of psychology for more experience and learning. She is extremely passionate about helping people and spreading awareness related to mental health. She loves spending her time talking to people, understanding different perspectives and experiences. Her goal in life is to become a psychologist and someday, open her own NGO for the underprivileged who require support for their mental health needs. She looks forward to research, read and learn new things everyday.
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 neurodevelopmental disorders. She also volunteers for NGOs aimed at social change.
She believes addressing both the psychological and social aspects of an individual.