The Associates

The Anna Chandy brand is represented by a team of highly qualified counsellors, as well as Anna herself. The team comprises professionals trained, groomed, and supervised by Anna, who represent, and add to her unique approach. The classification of counsellors is as below.

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Certified Counsellor

A counsellor who has completed and received his or her certification from the International Transactional Analysis Association with a specialisation in counselling.

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Senior Counsellor

A counsellor who has completed and passed a part of the examination, and is working towards certification.

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Counsellor

A counsellor who is trained and qualified, and working towards the Transactional Analysis Certification.

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Sudha Thimmaiah

Internationally Certified Counsellor

Individual session – Rs. 4500 per session; Joint/Family session – Rs. 5000 per session

Sudha has been in the field of counselling for the last twenty years. She is a certified Transactional Analyst specialising in Counselling and is currently working towards becoming a Provisional Transactional Analyst Trainer, Supervisor specialising in counselling. In her years in training and then counselling, Sudha has invested in training from International trainers, as part of her deep interest in understanding diversity within a global framework. Her own background has been feudal and patriarchal, and as a young person, she struggled with the expectations this kind of background can put on a person. This has made her particularly sensitive to the limitations faced by people living in similar situations.

With her work, Sudha enables people to manage these systems, shed these limitations, and move towards realizing their own personal and professional capacities. The foundation of this deeply insightful counsellor’s approach is her deep interest in ‘mental wellbeing’. She believes that with counselling, people can begin to see their own strengths, and find within them, powerful resources for growth. She sees her role as a counsellor as that which facilitates people to acknowledge the wealth of their own experience and create a unique framework of strengths and resources for shaping their life’s destiny. Sudha loves to travel, enjoys music, and works for animal welfare in her free time.

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Reshma Prakash

Internationally Certified Counsellor

Individual session – Rs. 4000 per session; Joint/Family session – Rs. 4500 per session

Reshma Prakash works with young adults, adults and couples, using an approach based on her belief that change is possible and necessary for growth. Through counselling, she enables people to push their boundaries, experience challenges, and expand their frame of reference. Reshma’s work recognises that all people are part of multiple systems within family, community and culture, and each requires a different role. Growth happens when people make new meaning of their roles within these various systems, understanding that systems both support and constrain us. This contemporary, easy-to-relate to counsellor takes a highly individualised

view of every person she works with, as she believes that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Her approach has been shaped by her personal experience of change having lived and worked across three continents. Reshma grew up in Bangalore, has a Master’s degree from the USA, worked in New York City and with the W. H. O. in Geneva, Switzerland. She balances work with time spent with her husband, two teenage children, three cats, two turtles and a fluctuating population of fish. She is passionate about the environment, surrounds herself with greenery and enjoys reading, writing and painting.

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Komal Narang

Counsellor

Individual session – Rs. 2500 per session; Joint/Family session – Rs. 3000 per session

Komal works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She has deep experience in working with issues of anxiety, panic attacks, depression, low self-esteem, stress, relationship conflicts, sexuality, and grief. She also works with anger management and trauma, and with people facing issues with their career, as well as those looking for personal development. A creative and naturally intuitive person, Komal’s approach weaves these abilities with her experience as a wellness coach and counsellor, resulting

in valuable interactions that are holistic, and personalised in nature. Komal sees counselling as a human developmental process that creates opportunities for awareness, acceptance, and learning about dynamics of self, others and the world. For Komal, counselling can be an empowering, yet humbling experience that enables personal growth. When not working with people, she indulges her passion for good food, good music, and yoga.

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Padma Dasari

Associate Counsellor

Individual session – Rs. 2500 per session; Joint/Family session – Rs. 3000 per session

Padma Dasari has worked as a counsellor for over eighteen years. In these years, she has worked with adolescents, parents of children with disability, adults, couples, families and caregivers of terminally ill persons. She has deep respect for an individual’s ability to find their path of healing and sees herself as an enabler in that journey.

She has worked in a reputed college in Bangalore for over ten years where she started as the lone counsellor for the entire student body but eventually brought in other counsellors so as to build a vibrant system of counselling support in the institution. Over the years she has supported and trained many young counsellors. She enjoys old Hindi music along with her morning cup of tea.

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Maneesha Sarin Chawla

Associate Counsellor

Individual session – Rs. 1500 per session; Joint/Family session – Rs. 2000 per session

Maneesha has been associated with Anna for over 7 years both working and training with her in this time. She brings with her a multi-cultural approach, understanding and empathy that puts her at the for front of working with expatriate families and issues that can arise with families in transit. A global nomad and mixed-race, third culture child, Maneesha has both lived and walked in her clients shoes.

She brings both empathy and her strong intuitive reflexes together under a TA framework to the table. Part of empowering her clients to move through situations involves some level of both using TA tools for diagnosis and movement as well as helping the client to inculcate hands on TA concepts that they can then use as part of their own skill set.