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Women’s Day

Celebrating Women’s Day


Nineteenth century marked the onset of International Women’s Day on 8th of March which was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975 to commemorate the social, cultural and political achievement of women and to bring about gender parity. Today we are in the 21st century and yet the markers of the movement remain underachieved globally.

Likewise, India has also witnessed a noteworthy change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about gender equality. However, amidst the modernity there are certain troubles that are still prevalent and being faced by women. A woman is central in her family and plays a significant role. Women of today are managing both family and workplace responsibilities which becomes difficult and stressful. Besides this, difficulties such as income disparity, eve teasing, harassment at workplace, domestic violence, lack of decision making powers are also experienced by them. Though conflicts, difficulties and problems are a part of every individual’s life but women tend to suffer more than men and the care and attention they get in return is less than expected. These life stressors take a toll on their physical and mental health leading to higher rates of anxiety and depression in women as compared to men, as researched by WHO. It is important to provide women with good facilities for improving their health for the benefit of functioning of healthy societies. Research has also shown that the societies where women are educated and empowered have greater economic growth, so providing positive, supportive and caring environment to them is good for the growth of better social systems.

For a progressive nation it is important for today’s women to be nurtured, educated about her rights and be fearless to voice her opinions. When women are empowered, it leads to a change in their perspective and behavior, which enhances their self esteem, self efficacy and improves problem solving and decision making skills and they provide better child rearing for next generation. The least we can do is give women a platform they deserve by being more supportive to utilize her potential, which in the longer run, will benefit the society as a whole.

On this Women’s day, we at Mindfirst would like to honor every Woman and salute her for her contribution in shaping the society.




Child Centered Play Therapy

Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is one of the most effective and frequently used forms of play therapy. With its strong evidence base and wide applicability, it is one of the most developmentally relevant forms of therapeutic intervention for children. The skills of CCPT are also valuable when being used with children and their families as this approach serves as the foundation of Filial Therapy. Participants in this intensive CCPT training will learn about the rationale, goals, toy selection, specific play session basic skills and methods, recognition of play themes, structuring sessions, conducting therapy in schools and special issues involved in CCPT therapy

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Ishita Mehra

After completing her undergraduate studies in Psychology from Delhi University, Ishita did her post graduation in Child and Adolescent Psychology from University College London, UK.
Other than working with children and adolescents facing developmental difficulties, she is also good with diagnosing a board range of psychological disorders and providing appropriate guidance. She is a good communicator, enthusiastic, skilled and well motivated psychologist with a track record of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of patients.

Poornima Mahindru

Ms. Poornima Mahindru did her M.A. (Psychology) from Panjab University, Chandigarh and M.phil in Clinical psychology from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal (Karnataka). After the completion of her studies and training she worked as a Junior Consultant in Dept. of Clinical Psychology in NIMHANS (Bangalore) for two Years.

She has vast work experience across the areas of Developmental Disorders, Perinatal Psychiatry, Women Mental Health, Personality Disorders and Trauma Related Disorders. As a Clinical psychologist she has acted as a resource person and presented oral papers and posters in various International and National Conferences and CMEs.

Poornima is a compassionate and passionate Psychotherapist who believes in taking up the challenges and working towards the betterment of society at large.

Key Competencies and Skills:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychotherapy for Personality & Eating Disorders
  • Managing Trauma Related Disorders
  • Management of Self Injurious Behavior
  • Psychological Assessments

Improve your child’s Emotional Quotient with a new program of Emotional Intelligence


EQ shapes our interactions with others and improves our understanding of self. It allows us to set priorities for majority of our daily activities. Research suggests that EQ is responsible for 80% of success in our lives.

Emotional Quotient (EQ) is the capacity of an individual to recognize their own emotions, others’ emotions and handle interpersonal relationships with empathy and understanding to take responsible decisions for reaching goals of life for success and happiness.

Every child is unique with different levels of emotional and social abilities. Our Emotional Quotient (EQ) development program helps a child develop skills in order to enhance positive psychological health, job performance and leadership skills.

The basic components of the program are understanding and experiencing all emotions like happiness, sadness, fear, anger, frustration, tension, anxiety etc., and developing skills to deal with these emotions to maximize performance. The program also helps a child develop skills for better attention & concentration, problem solving, decision making, good interpersonal relationships and building resilience to take on the challenges of life.

John Gottman quoted “In the last decade or so, science has discovered a tremendous amount about the role emotions play in our lives. Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships.”
–From Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

A research study in the U.S. found that approximately 50% children enrolled in EQ development programs had better achievement scores than those who had not enrolled and it was also linked to better development. EQ programs increased school attendance and reduced discipline problems.

Canvas of Life

Mind Plus Healthcare along with SWITCH ON (city based theatre artists) staged a play, ‘Canvas of Life’, a play about emotional reflection, awareness and rebirth of oneself, on Oct 10,2015 (World Mental Health Day) at Guru Nanak Bhawan, Ludhiana.

The play featured a story of a family who go through emotional healing after interpersonal clashes between the characters.

The play elucidates the five competencies of Social Emotional Learning- Self awareness, self management, social awareness (empathy), interpersonal relationships and decision making skills.


Himadri Thakur

A strong communicator with an ability to work positively and therapeutically with a wide range of clientele, Psychologist Himadri possesses high aptitude in a wide range of clinical tasks including patient assessment, interventions, counseling and behavioral modifications.

Having completed off her B.A (Psychology) from Govt. College for Girls, Ludhiana, she has done M.A (Psychology) from Punjab University, Chandigarh. Her recent work has included interventions such as counseling, behavior modification, cognitive therapy and medication for a variety of clientele.

  • Anxiety, fears and phobia
  • Domestic and interpersonal issues
  • Memory and concentration
  • Behavioural issues
  • Trauma therapy
  • Marital Issues

Result Anxiety

Anxiety, self doubt, panic and fear about the future are just some of the feelings that the students may go through in the next few days as they await for their board results.

Feeling anxious before the result of any performance is quite normal. It is probably related to their own expectations and those of people close to them. Just because they feel anxious doesn’t necessarily mean that they did poorly. In fact, even people who passed their exams with flying colours were equally anxious as they waited for their results.

Apart from the obvious fear of receiving results that are not what they or their parents expected, a lot of other factors are at play during this time e.g. fear of failure, result similar to your friends, to get admission in a particular course or institution.

However it is important to cope with this result related anxiety and manage their expectations accordingly. Even if they know that the exams didn’t go well, don’t forget that they have done all the hard work. Even if they don’t get the grades they want, there are other options.

It is important to help the student to realise his own expectations realistically. Dealing with their own or others unrealistic expectations can be very difficult to cope with. If the stress is the result of the unrealistic expectations of others, one needs to address this issue. Sit together and talk about it. Once this expectation is discussed and managed properly, it can be of huge relief. There are more than 800 career options available today. There is no reason to tread the conventional road. Grades are not a measure of self-worth.

Tips for Students:

  1. You might feel better if you try to think like an optimist, even if you’re not normally an optimistic person. There is nothing you can do about the grades at this point, so the best attitude might be to assume the best.
  2. Learn to recognize “negative self-talk” and combat it with positive, self-supportive statements such as “I have done my best”, “I’ll get good marks”.
  3. Learn and use relaxation techniques. Progressive muscle relaxation, controlled breathing and visualization can help you fight some of the physical responses to anxiety and stress.
  4. Get enough sleep and don’t stay up all night before results day, however nervous you are.
  5. One practical thing you can do is to have a plan B. Plan for what to do if you don’t get expected grades. There are options such as re-takes and going to a different university or course.
  6. Tell yourself that if it’s not gone well it’s not the end of the world. You can re-take to improve grades.
  7. Talking to your parents or a teacher about how you feel could really help. Your elders are there to support you and may not be aware of the pressures that you feel.
  8. Explore the career options available for you on the bases of different grades that you are expecting. Its better to go through some career decision making test to get an idea about the career that will be best for you according to your skills, abilities, interest and personality.

Tips for parents:

  1. Be alert for hidden signs of stress as young people don’t always show how much pressure they’re under. Watch for changes in behaviour.
  2. Go out to divert attention from impending results and tell your child that however they have done you are proud of them.
  3. Stay calm and be supportive. If you panic as a parent they will think there’s something to panic about.
  4. Whatever you feel, don’t show it so they can rely on you to help them through a stressful time.
  5. Tell your child “Nothing is forever. This has happened, now let’s see what we can do.”
  6. It can be helpful to seek the assistance of a counsellor, therapist, or psychologist who can help you and your child to deal with the emotional components of the result related anxiety.