‘Prafulta’ (implies exuberance, abundance, wholeness)

Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists & Counselors, Career Guidance Counselors, Special Education Consultants, Special Educators and Occupational Therapists.

Director

Godfrey D’Sa is a Catholic Priest belonging to the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), an International Organization that works with children and youth in difficult situations. He has a Masters in Psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counseling from New York. Godfrey is the Founder Director of Prafulta Psychological Services. He was the past president of the Salesian Psychological Association (SPA) and is currently the president of the Conference of Catholic Psychologists of India (CCPI). Godfrey conducts a variety of programs on affective and emotional growth. He does individual and group counseling and also conducts training modules in counseling skills. He has recently completed his training in Somatic Experiencing in London.


Consultant

  • Dr. Aarti D. Pereira – Occupational Therapist

Aarti has completed her Bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy from Maharashtra
University of Health Sciences (MUHS) and her Masters degree (Early Intervention & amp; School-based therapy) from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She has also completed courses in DIR Floortime Approach, Family Systems Theory, and Brain Gym besides numerous other seminars and workshops related to Occupational Therapy practices with children. Aarti has worked as a faculty member at the University at Buffalo where she taught occupational therapy courses to undergraduate students. She also worked in schools with children with disabilities. At Prafulta, Aarti provides Occupational Therapy services to children of various age groups.

  • Amitabh Seth – Clinical Psychologist , Counselor

Amitabh is working in the field of mental health since a period of almost fifteen years. The Psycho-Analytic system is at the core of his psychotherapeutic work with his clients. He also conducts Psychological testing and specializes in intellectual assessments. Since his Masters in Clinical Psychology he has successfully completed the Tavistock Model Bombay Course in Psycho-Analytical Observation. He has also successfully completed Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology from Xaviers Institute of Counselling Psychology.

  • Dr. Anita Murugesan – Occupational Therapist

Anita has completed her Bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy from Manipal University(Udipi). Anita has an experience of 5 years in the field of peads. Anita has been seeing all types of Neuro Development Kids.She has attended workshops’ on Sensory Integration and also in ABA and Mand Therapy. She also worked in schools with children with disabilities. At Prafulta, Anita provides Occupational Therapy services to children of various age groups.

  • Archana Joshi – Remedial & Special Educator

Archna is a Post-Graduate in Political Science. She has done her Remedial Teaching Course conducted by Prafulta. She has worked with Akanksha an organization working to educate underprivileged children. She has also worked as a special education in S.R.E. special school- now known as City Academy. She has been with Prafulta for last 3 years.

  • Dr. Asha R.Shethia – Occupational therapist

Asha graduated in Occupational Therapy from Grant Medical College. She has been working with Prafulta for the last 11 years and has also been working with Sanjivani Special School for last 5 years. She has 14 years of experience working in hospitals (B.Y.L Nair, L.T.M.G Sion).

  • Bindu Chaddha – Counselort

Bindu has done her Msc in Psychology and ‘The Don Bosco Advanced Diploma in Counselling Psychology’. She has worked for visually challenged children from Shradhanand Mahila Ashram, Matunga, Dadar blind school and SIES College-Sion. She is presently working as a Clinical Counselor at Anusang, Chembur and Shelter Don Bosco, Wadala (‘My experience with those who walked the streets of life tirelessly is more to do with self-growth, reflection, understanding, healing and unconditional love. I realized that the only thing needed to pull them through is complete faith, confidentiality and motivation. I wish to give of my best in mental health as long as I can’).

  • Divya Nair – Clinical Psychologist, Coordinator

Divya has done her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Mumbai University. She is proficient in assessment of client needs, abilities and behavior using methods including psychometric tests, interviews and direct observation. She has undergone training for Neuropsychological Assessments from KEM Hospital. She has also undertaken several courses in Personal Counselling and Art Therapy. Divya has been a part of the Learning Disability Clinic at Sion Hospital for 2 years. She has also briefly worked on a government project at BYL Nair hospital. At present, she is affiliated to Prafulta at Andheri and Matunga Branches. She also works with a well known Pediatric Neurologist and is a visiting faculty at PD Hinduja College of Nursing. She has her private practice at Bhandup as well..

  • Leonie D’mello, Human Resource Development Professional

Leonie is a visiting faculty at Prafulta. She is a Psychology Graduate with a Post Graduate Degree in Social Work & Diploma in Human Resources Development. She has several years of experience as a counselor in industry & medical & psychiatric setting. She has been involved with behavioural training for more than a decade. She has also been on the faculty of Tata Institute of Social Services

  • Mimansa Popat- Special Educator Consultant, Counselor, Coordinator

A founding member of Prafulta, Mimansa started her professional work as a Special Educator in 1989. She does Assessments and formulates Remedial Programs for children with Learning Disabilities. She trains teachers and guides schools to develop Resource Rooms for children. Mimansa has done a Post Graduate Training in Counseling Psychology. She has also been trained in NLP, Kinesiology, AMR and Reality Therapy. She has completed her training in Somatic Experiencing (SE) from London in 2011 and is presently using SE in her practice. In counseling individuals and groups she focuses on personal growth and awareness, trauma resolution and developing healthy relationships. She has an APA accreditation to undertake MBTI Personality Testing and uses this tool to enable clients have a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, knowing their learning style, ways of working and communicating.

  • Neha Mehta – Career Guidance Counsellor

Neha has completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology from SNDT University, Churchgate. She has done her graduation from Sophia College. At Prafulta she is working as a career counselor in Vocational Guidance Department.

  • Dr. Payal Ubale – Occupational Therapist, Coordinator

Payal has done M.O.Th (Neuroscience) from Seth G.S.M.C and KEM hospital, Mumbai. She is associated with Prafulta for the last 6 years. Her work involves assessment and treatment of children with different developmental and neurological issues. She heads a team of ten therapists and supervises their work at Prafulta, Andheri, and at various schools in the city.

  • Dr. Pranjali Kantode – Occupational Therapist

Pranjali is a Bachelor in Occupational Therapy (B Th O) from Government Medical College, Nagpur. She has participated in a workshop on “Autism” by Mrs. Merry Barua, and attended a Course on “Advance Clinical Education in hand Rehabilitation” by Mr. Shrikant Chinchalkar, O. T. REG (ON) OTR CHT, Canada. Pranjali has also worked at the ‘Central India Association for Neurodevelopmentally Handicapped Children’ at Nagpur. She has previously handled neuro- developmentally handicapped children having Developmental Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Infantile hemiplegic etc.

  • Dr. Reema Valia – Occupational Therapist

Reema has an experience of 13 years working as an Occupational Therapist. She has graduated from Lokmanya Tilak Medical College (Sion hospital) and did her post- graduation from the All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ALLPMR) Mumbai. Her work involves assessment and treatment of children with various development disabilities. She specializes in sensory integration and NDT techniques. She is associated with Prafulta for the past 7 years.

  • Ritu Bhansali – Remedial & Special Educator

Ritu Bhansali has 12 years of experience with acquired proficiency in teaching children with ADD/ADHD, Learning disabilities, Processing difficulties, Autism spectrum disorder etc.Her qualifications include Bachelors in Arts with Majors in Psychology from Mithibai College (Mumbai), Diploma in Special Education in Learning Disability (AVM, Mumbai)., Diploma in Special Education NIMH (Hyderabad). She has been associated with Prafulta for 7 years. As a remedial educator, her work involves formulating an IEP and successful execution and regular assessment to gauge the progress of each client.

  • Shalu Mehrotra – Counselling Psychologist., Coordinator

Shalu has done her Masters in Applied Psychology from the University of Delhi, a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology from Xavier’s Institute of Education, Mumbai. She has been working in the field of Counselling since 1996 and has been with Prafulta since 2001. She coordinates the work of ‘The Don Bosco Advanced Diploma in Counselling Psychology’. She also coordinates the work of the Career Guidance team at Prafulta. Her passion is to take mental health to the masses and work on varied mental health initiatives. She conducts programmes for teachers, parents and counselors on various emotional issues

  • Shehnaz Cyclewala – Career Counselor, Trainer

Shehnaz is a Graduate from Mumbai University. She has done her Masters in Psychology from SNDT University and is a certified Career Counsellor. Shehnaz has extensive working experience in corporate HR and brings in years of professional know-how and dedication in the field of training and counselling. She believes in delivering quality knowledge to her clients about their career path and choices available. She is actively involved in Career Awareness Workshops and Education Guidance.

  • Sony Shah – Clinical Psychologist.

Sony has completed her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Mumbai University. She is proficient in child and adult assessment. She has been working as a Clinical Psychologist at Prafulta for the last two and a half years. She also works at REACH, an integrated school, in Andheri for the past three years. Sony is also a Consulting psychologist at Snehalaya family counseling center and at a Polyclinic at Charni Road. She also conducts classes on Personality development in Wadia School as a part of Wadia Young India .She has a keen interest in working with children and is passionate about learning new intervention skills.

  • Srilatha Srikant – Clinical Psychologist, Counselor, Coordinator

Srilatha has done her Masters in Clinical Psychology from SNDT Women’s University and a Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology from St. Xavier’s Institute of Education, Mumbai. She has been studying REBT under the guidance of Mr K.M. Phadke, a Fellow & Supervisor of Albert Ellis Institute, New York, USA. She facilitates weekend training programmes on REBT. She has been working with Prafulta for the past ten years as a Counselor. Besides individual counselling sessions at the centre for varied age groups, she also conducts workshops at schools and colleges for parents, students and teachers, on issues related to mental health. She is a Resource Person in the Advanced Diploma in Counselling, conducted by Prafulta, and takes sessions on REBT, Family therapy as well as modules on counseling aspects of learning disability.

  • Dr Syeda Ruksheda N – Psychiatrist (MBBS, DPM)

Ruksheda is an eminent Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist with a Medical Degree from the prestigious Lokmanya Tilak Muncipal Medical College and Hospital, Sion, Mumbai. She further took her training in Psychiatry from the esteemed KEM Hospital and Seth G S Medical College, Parel, Mumbai. She has won numerous International awards and Fellowships. Ruksheda has a special interest in working with young adults, women and families. Getting involved in community outreach projects and activities is very close to her heart. She also amalgamates faith-based counseling in her work.

  • Upasana Soni – Counsellor, Career Guidance Consultant

Upasana Soni has done masters in Clinical Psychology from S.N.D.T University. She has been working with Prafulta for the last 2 years in Career Guidance department and has also been working with Christ Church School as a school counselor. Her work at Prafulta involves assessment and career counseling. Overall, she has 5 years of experience in this field.

Administrative Staff

  • Serah Mathew – Secretary, Office Coordinator :

Has been associated with Prafulta Psychological Services for the past 12 years.

  • Princelene Adams – Secretary, Typing of Psycho – Educational Reports

Has been associated with Prafulta Psychological Services for the past 4 months.

  • Priyanka Thota – Secretary cum Co-ordinator

Priyanka Thota completed HSC in the year 2012-13 from GPM College Andheri(E). She worked with a company Manasvi Enterprises as a Tele-Caller for 6 months on contract. She worked with a company- Aarav Associates as Team Co-Ordinator (i.e- Reporting Daily Files to Director, Incharge of Team for daily work to be done.) for 1 year(Dec 2015 – Dec 2016). At present working with Prafulta Counselling Centre as Secretary cum Co-ordinator from Feb 2017