Our understanding of healthcare is limited to reaction and problem-solving. It needs to be more preventive and focused on creating well-being.
Shraddha Shah founded Synapsium Brain Health Clinic to provide superior clinical, psychological and neuropsychological services to adults and the elderly in 2013. The Classroom, a Synapsium Initiative was introduced in 2018 to address the need for creating awareness and negating mental health stigma in our community.
She discovered her passion for the workings of the human brain while completing her Bachelors in Neuroscience in New York and then pursued a Master’s degree in Psychology in Mumbai. She continued her training in Neuropsychology at KEM Hospital, Mumbai and is currently, a PhD Scholar conducting research in the area of Positive Neuropsychology.
Ms. Shah strives to bring newer therapies of neuropsychological rehabilitation through continued learning from international faculty and training experiences such as, at the Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation, New York.
Apart from her extensive work at Synapsium, she is also a Consultant at Sir HN Reliance hospital and Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai. She also enjoys teaches neurocognition to Masters students at the S.N.D.T. University.
Ms. Shah has presented her research at Conferences such as, the prestigious annual Epilepsy Conference and Indian Conference of NeuroRehab. Her research won the “Best Poster” award at the Indian Conference of NeuroRehabilitation in 2016 and 2017.
Ms. Shah is a fellow of the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, Indian Federation of NeuroRehabilitation, World Federation of NeuroRehabilitation, Indian Epilepsy Society, Indian Epilepsy Association and the Bombay Neuroscience Association.
Ms. Shah is passionate, creative and a person of many talents. Her interests include photographing human interactions, studying philosophy, and exploring novel experiences and places. The practice of mindfulness meditation and Vipassana have facilitated her journey of self-discovery and helped her find meaningful purpose in life. She has always loved animals and volunteer work has taken up a lot of her early adult life.
Rowena Sait is a Clinical Psychologist and the Head of Operations at Synapsium Brain Health Clinic. She is trained in psychological and neuropsychological assessments, psychotherapy and neuropsychological rehabilitation. Rowena has always had a keen interest in understanding the brain-behaviour relationship from an early age and it reflects in her choice of study and clinical approach.
She has completed a MSc degree in Brain and Cognition, having already completed her BA and MA degree in Psychology with specialising in Clinical Psychology.
Ms. Sait has been interested and involved with awareness-related work to break the stigma surrounding mental health through various initiatives started while she was still studying to be a mental health practitioner.
She is also interested in research-related work and her research has been published in a national journal. She has also presented posters at national and international conferences representing Synapisum.
She is ambitious, outgoing and an enthusiastic person. She loves animals and feels passionately about rescue-related care work. During her free time she enjoys origami, crafts and free hand drawing. She also enjoys teaching and training. She is dedicated, hard-working and passionate about her work and enjoys teaching and training young therapists so they can reach out and serve the community.
Trisha Daruwala is a Clinical Psychologist at Synapsium Brain Health Care.
She graduated from Sophia College and went on to complete her Master's Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology from S.N.D.T Women's University. During this time, her ambition and drive to excel, led her to sought internships that aided her professional development.
Ms.Daruwala is determined to spread the word out on mental health and its significance. She aspires to reach out and bring about a change in the societal mindset that revolves around this area. She has been trained in psychological assessment, psychotherapy and geriatric care and has conducted workshops on stress management. Research work has always been her area of interest and is a key contributor in ongoing research in the organization.
By employing evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy coupled with mindfulness meditation, Ms. Daruwala tailor’s her approach to best suit the client's needs and goals. With an immense urge to strive, she has been updating herself with other evidence based therapies on a regular basis to improve self-awareness and aid the clients to live a healthy, meaningful and purposeful life.
Her passion and dedication for the field motivates her to gain valuable insights from either her personal experiences or by participating in various workshops, events or courses. She persistently strives to incorporate these learnings in her practice.
Unaiza received her bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from Sophia College and her Master's degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Mumbai. She pursued a career in Psychology as she wanted to learn about how the human mind worked and how it shaped behaviours. Apart from that, she always had a strong desire to work in the social sector. Later in her studies, she realised how important psychology is at the personal and group levels. The combination of both of these passions piqued her interest in the field, prompting her to look at how she could apply her knowledge and contribute toward addressing social issues.
The exposure to research during her academics inspired her to pursue internships that would help her career growth.
Her desire to bridge the dots between problems and solutions through research has sparked her interest in neuropsychology, community psychology, and research psychology. Her volunteer work and abilities have motivated her to serve in the community and with community-based mental health programmes.
She aims to develop the necessary expertise and abilities to become a specialist in her field, and to share her experience in order to increase community access to mental health resources and to move toward positive social change.
She hopes to work in education and training at the graduate and post-graduate levels, as well as partner with researchers, practitioners, and educators to prevent problems and promote community well-being.
Her hobbies and passions include reading, creative writing, baking, playing badminton, and language learning.
Vrushti Shah graduated from L.S.Raheja College and went on to complete her Master’s Degree in psychology with specialization in clinical psychology from VES College in Mumbai.
She has always been fascinated about human mind and behaviour and started reading more about it, which motivated me to study further in the field of psychology. Having a drive to excel in her career, motivated her to work at different settings like school, hospitals and private clinics to get exposure and help her through her journey towards professional development. She is determined to spread awareness in society regarding mental health and seeks opportunities to aid people change their perspectives and helps them to feel better about themselves. She has intensive training in RECBT and Transactional Analysis. She is also trained in psychological assessments and psychotherapy. She uses evidence based eclectic approach to best suit the client’s needs and goals. She also has keen interest in research. She constantly gains valuable insights from various workshops or courses and strives to include these learnings in her life and her practice. She is passionate and creative. Her interests include adventures, traveling and craft. She is always keen on learning new things. She intends to gain experience in different therapeutic approaches to help her clients better achieve their goals. Simultaneously, she is also passionate to spread awareness regarding mental health and normalising the concept.
Ms. Rajvi Jain is an assistant psychologist at Synapsium Brain Health Clinic. She is an adamant preacher of Mental Health. She dreams to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and to ensure availability of mental health services to each one. She has completed her MA degree in psychology, specializing in clinical psychology. She is trained in various psychological and neuropsychological assessments.
She has been involved in creating awareness about mental health by participating in various workshop such as Suicide Awareness and Personality Development organized by MNWC. She was fascinated by human behavior. Being an inquisitive personality, she pursued her career in field of psychology. She is an ambitious personality and has interned at various organizations with esteemed psychologists.
Rajvi is a multifaceted individual, loves travelling and has interest in sports, cooking and free hand drawing. She is a passionate, diligent and enthusiastic about her work. Her future goals involve excelling in the field of neuropsychological rehabilitation.
Anushka graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2019. Her studies also focused on Biology and Public Health. After graduating, she worked in communications at the United Nations, New York, after which she decided to start her own blog on mental health awareness.
Anushka’s love for psychology developed from a very young age - from always being eager to help others to being a sounding board for her loved ones as well as strangers. Her empathy grew further when she was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Her need to help those like her resulted in her pursuit of psychology.
In an attempt to spread awareness about what it’s like to live with a mental illness, she has started Rethink Reach Out during the pandemic. She wishes to encourage individuals to reach out and ask for help when needed as well as rethink previous notions of mental illnesses.
Anushka interned with Synapsium in 2020 and has been formally working with Synapsium as a Social Media Consultant since the beginning of 2021.
Anushka is passionate about design, dance, and helping people in any way she can. She wishes to pursue a Master’s degree in Counselling in the near future.
Megha Siddhanta is a dedicated clinical psychology student with a strong intention of building a career as a Clinical Psychologist and specializing in the subdomain of Global Mental Health. Her interest area lies in working with populations suffering from depression, trauma, and anxiety. Megha discovered her interest in psychology when it was formally introduced to her as a subject in high school. She completed her bachelor's in Liberal Arts with a major in psychology and a minor in media studies from Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts, in 2020. Now she is pursuing her master's in clinical psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Megha's research interests surround the issue of how to reduce the burden of mental illness and improve wellbeing in under-resourced communities around the world through training and capacity building by implementing short-term treatments of evidence-based psychotherapies in high, middle, and low-income countries. She is working on two projects under the Global Mental Health Lab at Columbia University. - The VA VITAL Study and Tanzania Project. She has also been working with The Global Mental Health Institute in Columbia University in collaboration with the World Health organization. At Synapsium, Megha works as a research associate and is involved with on-going research project on active ageing at the clinic.
Her passion and dedication for the field motivate her to gain valuable insights from her projects and internships and persistently strives to incorporate her learnings in her future practice and research. In the near future, post the completion of her Masters's degree, she is keen on pursuing her doctorate level of education and enter the world of academia.