Health Psychology Consultation
This includes conducting training for medical and psychology students to acquaint them with nuances of doctor patient communication and seeks to amalgamate bio-medical and psycho-social approach in treatment and handling of a patient.
I also conduct training at various hospitals for staff such as stress management for the Emergency Medical Staff, Emotional Intelligence and Empathic Sensitisation for nurses, Effective Doctor Patient Communication for Interns and RMOs etc.
I also provide consultations to hospitals to set up Counselling departments that function adjunct to Departments such as Neurology, Orthopaedics, Bariatrics, Trauma and Cardiology.
In today’s age of information, Info Therapy leads to empowered and educated patients that make correct and autonomous decisions about their health and further care.
- Psychometric Testing
- Bariatric Counselling:
- Anxiety and Stress Innoculation
- Depression and Mood Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Childhood Conduct Disorders and Behaviour Issues
- Adolescent Counselling
- Health Psychology and Psychophysiological Disorders
- Pregnancy and Post Pregnancy
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Couples therapy
- Family therapy
Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders (SCID-I) Cognitive Assessments for Dementia, head trauma, neurosurgery and schizophrenia. Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. Screening for childhood disorders externalising and internalising Learning Styles evaluation.
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- Beck’s Anxiety Inventory
- Beck’s Depression Inventory
- DSM 5 Cross-Cutting Symptom Measure
- Cognitive Assessments
- Montreal Cognitive Assessment
- AD8 = to Differentiate Aging and Dementia
- GPCOG = General Practitioner Assessment of Cognition
- MIS = Memory Impairment Screening
- Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI) – assess neuropsychiatric symptoms andpsychopathology of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders
- Epworth Sleepiness Scale
- PTSD Checklist for DSM IV (PCL)
- Clinician Administered PTSD Scale for DSM IV (CAPS)
- The Child PTSD Symptom Scale
- LD , ADHD Screening
- Developmental Psychopathology Checklist for Children
- Conflictive Thoughts Analysis
- DASS 21 – Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale
- Health related Quality of Life
- Marriage Attitude Scale
- Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support
- Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale
- Deffenbacher Driving Anger Scale
- Sentence Completion Test
- Thematic Apperception Test
- Family Environment Scale
- Self-Concept questionnaire
- Child Anxiety and Life Interference Scale (Child and Parent Report)
- Child and Adolescent Survey of Experiences (Child and Parent Report)
- Children’s Automatic Thoughts Scale
- The Personal Experiences Checklist
- Childhood concerns survey
Bariatric Counselling is aimed at providing individuals opting for the surgery with adequate preparation and support before and after surgery. We understand that from the decision of undergoing the surgery to the pre-operative preparation, fear of surgery and the accompanying lifestyle changes is a difficult process requiring considerable psychological resources. Having a clear understanding of the changes your body is going through, preparing for lifestyle and behavioural changes leads to better satisfaction and outcomes. This process also entails identifying environmental barriers and developing effective coping skills to deal with the changes. Most surgeons recognise that weight loss surgery is a life changing event comprising several PSYCHO-SOCIAL factors. Your surgeon would want to make sure that you are emotionally ready for it and have enough support needed for the process. Emotional impact of the surgery, the changes to expect, clearing misinformation, how to be ready for the changes will be taught pre-operatively. Research shows that individuals who engage in post-operative counselling appointments are more likely to reach their weight loss goals and report higher levels of quality of life.
Some of the emotional issues addressed in post-op counseling include:
Learning how to manage boredom, frustration, and stress without food.( Emotional Eating)s Learning how to change your perspective on food and exercise. Learning how to deal with family and social situations that involve food.
Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterized by feelings of anxiety and fear. The emotions present in anxiety disorders range from simple nervousness to bouts of terror.Many people experience anxiety and function just fine while others do not. Anxiety is a concern when it interferes with our normal activities and we lose our ability to manage it.
Stress Inoculation Training is a cognitive-behavioral approach providing people with added psychological resilience against the effects of stress through a program of managed successful exposure to stressful situations. The program usually comprises three phases: The Conceptualisation Phase – learning to conceptualise and reconceptualise stress. Skills Acquisition & Rehearsal Phase – problem solving, cognitive restructuring & guided self dialogue. Application & follow through Phase It is important to understand that stress cannot be effectively managed by adopting a ‘cookbook approach’. But that stressors need to be evaluated and a range of coping options are available to the individual who can decide how best to employ them.
Depression is one of the many mood disorders that are prevalent. It has a crippling effect on our minds and takes many forms. Long term psychotropic medications can have several side-effects and they treat only the superficial symptoms. Therapy is known to be especially effective in treating mood disorders and prevent them from occurring again as these disorders are usually cyclic. Dealing with emotional wounds and learning coping mechanisms can help develop resilience.
Psychosis is a rift between reality and fantasy. It is a severe neurobiological dysfunction and may be temporary due to a stressor or a result of schizophrenia. Eitherway , we see you as a victim of this disorder. It is something that happened to you ,IT IS NOT YOU. Therapy helps people with psychosis learn essential skills that help them cope with the disorder and several problems that it creates in daily living and reduce distress.
The inner voices of anorexia and bulimia whisper that you’ll never be happy until you lose weight, and that your worth is measured by how you look. But the truth is that happiness and self-esteem come from loving yourself for who you truly are—and that’s only possible with recovery. Whatever your age or gender, it may seem like there’s no escape from your eating disorder, but it’s within your reach. With treatment, support, and self-help strategies, you can overcome your eating disorder and gain true self-confidence.
All kids misbehave sometimes and this may be due to some kind of stressor such as birth of a sibling, family dysfunction, death in the family, divorce, bullying, learning difficulties etc.</p> Warning signs for parents may include: Harming or threatening themselves, other people or pets Damaging or destroying property Lying or stealing Not doing well in school, skipping school Early smoking, drinking or drug use Early sexual activity Frequent tantrums and arguments Consistent hostility towards authority figures
If you see signs of a problem, ask for help. Poor choices can become habits. Kids who have behavior problems are at higher risk for school failure, mental health problems, and even suicide. Classes or family therapy may help parents learn to set and enforce limits. Talk therapy and behavior therapy for your child can also help. Another are of assessment of children is for those who experience difficulty in school and in social relationships. Ruling out problems such as a specific learning disorder, intellectual level, attention deficit or hyperactivity, anxiety, night terrors that persist, conduct problems etc. is important. This is followed by effective suggestions and specific recommendations to the student, the family and the school for successful educational and emotional growth. This is accompanied by a detailed written report and explanation to the concerned parent/guardian.
Health psychology refers to the psychology of physical disorders such as B.P., Diabetes, Cancer, Surgery, Heart diseases, Arthritis, Ulcers, Migraines, undergoing surgeries for cardiac, orthopaedic, gynaecological and neurological problems, etc
It involves counselling and therapy to determine and manage the psycho-social causes and maintainers of these physical problems.
Big emotions, high expectations, and fears are common during pregnancy and post-pregnancy. Even when everything goes well we can feel overwhelmed. Pre-natal mindfulness and positive psychology techniques can help aid a healthy pregnancy. Knowing about parenting techniques, children’s developmental milestones and what is normal can reduce stress levels. Information and education about pregnancy can help you be prepared. For couples who are undergoing IVF treatment, those who are dealing with adoption, miscarriage, abortions, the process can be easier with professional help.
When specific issues or mental health conditions begin to cause distress and interfere with a person’s normal activities, it may be time to seek therapy. Distress can manifest in the form of problematic beliefs, feelings, behaviors, and sensations in the body. A therapist can facilitate lifestyle changes, serve as a listening ear, help identify underlying causes of symptoms, and provide specific strategies or techniques for changing unwanted thoughts, behaviors, or emotions. Through therapy, people gather tools to manage symptoms, alleviate stress, and face challenges.
Communication, intimacy and parenting are common concerns among couples. In addition, we often work with blended families, partners experiencing differences around religion and one partner displaying behaviours.
Every family has their own unique ways of communicating and interacting. Sometimes it is as simple as getting everyone in one room and helping them hear one another with the help of an “outsider” so that they can make room for the necessary changes.