Inara Collective is a group of mental health practitioners - psychotherapists and psychiatrists; working towards helping individuals realize their full potential through evidence based therapeutic and/or clinical interventions.
We're an ethically driven team, with an aim towards making mental health services accessible. We believe in creating a safe space, free of judgement, for individuals to work through their complex emotions, and gain deeper insight into themselves.
Our team has worked extensively with people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and age groups. We are queer affirmative.
We value and respect the uniqueness of every individual, and work in collaboration with the individual to create therapy/treatment plans to cater to their individual needs and concerns. The strength of our team lies in the cohesion between psychotherapy and psychiatry, ensuring the needs of an individual are addressed, more holistically.
What We Offer
Best results are seen when medication is combined with psychotherapy. Psychiatric medications influence the brain chemicals that regulate emotions, and patterns of thought.
Medicines can reduce symptoms, so other methods of a treatment plan can be more effective.
For example, medication may improve symptoms of depression like fatigue, lack of energy and concentration - allowing an individual to engage better in therapy.
Our team uses evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, depending on the needs of the individual.
We use modalities of CBT, DBT, Existential Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Psychodynamic approaches in areas of anxiety, OCD, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, abuse, marital discord, relationship issues, exam anxiety, and stress.
Our team offers continuous learning programs and workshops for mental health professionals, seminars/webinars for corporates and other organizations.
Meet The Team!
Dr. Annie Mathew (she/her)
Dr. Annie is an Integrative Psychiatrist working in Bangalore with 14+ years of experience in the field of Psychiatry. She’s completed her MBBS from Stanley Medical College, and MD Psychiatry from Institute Mental Health, Chennai.
Dr. Annie has also worked as faculty in the division of Brain Stimulation and Neurophysiology at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, and is adept in the use of non-invasive neuromodulation (rTMS, tDCS) techniques in Psychiatry
She has worked in several settings including Geriatric Psychiatry, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and Women’s Mental Health.
She believes in a holistic approach - integrating psychotherapy, exercise, meditation, yoga and nutrition along with medication to achieve the best possible outcomes.
She deeply values the process of listening to the client and understanding the issue well before starting treatment, which is vital in forming a therapeutic alliance.
She is proficient in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, personality disorders,
women’s mental health disorders and psychotic illnesses.
Languages: English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil
Diya Chakraborty (she/her)
Diya holds an M.Sc in Psychological Therapy from Queen Mary, University of London, 2012.
Her prior experience includes working with adults and young adults on emotional wellness, conducting individual, couples, and family therapy.
Her current clientele present with psychological concerns including, but not limited to depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship concerns, trauma, and addiction.
Her approach to therapy is integrative, she draws from different schools of psychotherapy, prioritising the needs of the client - this includes psychodynamic, person-centered, humanistic, existential, as well as CBT methods.
Languages: English, Hindi, Bengali
Deepa Pai (she/her)
Deepa has completed her M.Sc. in Psychological Counselling from Sampurna Montfort College, 2011. PG Diploma certified in Attachment Theory, IAN.
Her experience involves working with adolescents, adults and couples in various setups including schools, corporates and private practice.
Deepa works with a range of areas including self esteem, body image, academics, stress management, emotion regulation, anger management etc. to Depression and other Mood Disorders, Anxiety and Personality Disorders too.
She uses various therapies/techniques which include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy and Existential therapy but for the most she focus on a Person Centered approach to ensure that the individual is provided with a safe, non-judgmental and empathetic environment through which their concerns can be addressed and worked through.
Languages: English, Hindi, Konkani
Monisha Sharma (she/her)
Monisha has completed her M.Sc Counselling Psychology from Sampurna Montfort College, Bangalore.
PG Diploma certified in Attachment Theory, IAN.
Queer Affirmative and QACP certified.
She predominantly follows a Cognitive-Behavioural approach, while also integrating approaches from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Existential Therapy, depending on the needs of the client.
She works on a wide spectrum of issues such as anxiety, depression, personality disorders, mood disorders, etc. She works with individuals and couples.
She believes that therapy is a collaborative effort between the client and the therapist - journeying towards insight development, and a deeper awareness of the Self.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Please reach out to us over email if you have any other questions.
1. What is Therapy?
Counselling or therapy is a collaborative process between a psychotherapist and an individual - focused on gaining deeper insight into one’s thoughts, behaviours, emotions, attachment styles, interpersonal relationships. Therapy is a process of self discovery, that aids an individual in realizing their potential. Psychotherapists are trained in various evidence-based therapeutic modalities and techniques that help individuals in their process of healing. Therapists create specific therapy plans for each client, depending on the needs of the individual. It goes beyond giving advice or solutions, and helps individuals focus on driving the changes they need in their lives, by improving their awareness, emotional-regulation and self-efficacy.
Therapy is both curative and preventative, it is not necessarily only for individuals with a clinical diagnosis. Therapy provides a trusting space where one can be vulnerable and explore deeper issues and journey towards insight development.
Therapy creates a safe and confidential space for one to explore their experiences and challenges, and to heal and move towards meaningful and authentic ways of living.
2. What’s the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Therapist?
A psychiatrist is a doctor with a MBBS degree and a M.D/ DNB/ Diploma in Psychiatry. They are qualified to make diagnoses, prescribe medication and oversee the pharmacologic treatment protocols of an individual.
A therapist is a mental health practitioner who has completed a Master’s (Counselling Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychological Counselling). They are trained in psychotherapeutic interventions to alleviate emotional suffering, and improve emotional wellbeing. Therapists undergo intensive training and hundreds of hours of supervision for the same.
3. How do I know if I need to consult a therapist?
It's important to remember that reaching out is not a sign of weakness, but a significant step toward the path of self-care and healing. Here are some signs that can tell you, it might be time to seek professional help:
Emotional difficulties, uncontrolled anger, bouts of crying, feelings of deep sadness, loneliness, feelings of emptiness, apathy or disinterest
Experiencing significant disruptions in sleep patterns
Significant changes in appetite
Challenges in maintaining relationships
4. How do I know if I need to consult a psychiatrist?
If you’re experiencing significant disruption/dysfunction in your daily functioning, sleep, appetite and energy levels
If you’ve experienced intrusive thoughts or self-harm/suicidal thoughts
If you’re still unsure, your therapist will be able to identify if there are any indicators that suggest you could benefit from consulting with a psychiatrist
5. How would medication help me?
Psychiatric medications influence the brain chemicals that regulate emotions and patterns of thought. The best results are usually seen when medication is combined with psychotherapy. In some cases, especially when the symptoms are severe, medicines can reduce symptoms, allowing an individual to engage better in therapy.
Your psychiatrist will usually review your previous clinical records, family history of response to a certain medication etc. to see if evidence exists for recommending one medicine over another.
Some medications work within a few days. Others often take weeks to start acting. You may experience mild side effects during the first week or so which usually settles. A start low, go slow approach is often used by psychiatrists to minimize any discomfort. The medication may have to be taken for a few months to achieve the desired effect.
These are usually the biggest myths associated with medication. Not all medications cause dependence /addiction. There are some medicines like benzodiazepines that cause dependence when used continuously over a prolonged period of time. However your psychiatrist will not prescribe these for more than a few weeks and it is not advisable to continue medication without reviewing with your doctor. The medications that are usually prescribed for depression/ OCD/anxiety do not cause dependence . The course of medication can vary from a few weeks to a few months or longer depending on the underlying clinical condition and response.
7. How long would therapy take?
Therapy is a process of insight development, and gaining deeper awareness into the Self. There are innumerable variables and factors that influence the duration of therapy, including how the individual is responding to therapy, the nature of the issues being addressed in therapy, etc. Therapy can take a few weeks to a few months or more to be effective. However, we do use certain progress trackers to gauge if we're reaching therapy goals/positive outcomes, and encourage our clients to discuss this further with their therapists.
8. What’s the duration of sessions?
Consultation with the psychiatrist is 25-30 mins. Therapy sessions are typically 45-50 mins for individual therapy, or 80-90 mins for couple therapy, the frequency of therapy is once a week, until we begin to see significant progress, after which therapy is slowly tapered, and terminated.
PLEASE NOTE: Sessions will be provided by appointment only, we are not equipped for medical emergencies and/or imminent risk of self-harm. If you or someone you know is in a state of acute emotional distress, attempting self-harm or suicide, please go to your nearest hospital immediately. A list of distress helplines is given below: