The Hyderabad Academy of Psychology (HAP) has been founded by Dr
Diana Monteiro as a training academy and counseling center to bridge
the gap between formal psychological education and practical
application of psychology in everyday life. We are currently involved
in Counselor training, Corporate training, Counseling and Outreach
services and Continuing Education of professionals in the field.
The HAP is the first of its kind in the twin cities to offer Counselor training
to individuals to ensure that adequate preparation in practical skills,
theoretical knowledge and supervision is provided to those who are
engaged in the process of helping others. The HAP also offers a wide
array of seminars and workshops, throughout the year. We at HAP believe
in Continuing Education of specialists and we train students in
basic and advanced skills in counseling psychology. We also provide
short term workshops and trainings for the professional development of
psychologists and counselors.
We believe in action oriented change, and therefore are
constantly widening our network of friends and support in the local and
national psychology community. In addition, our plans include seeking collaboration with international universities
and national organizations, so that students can benefit and grow
within the field. Our students can claim the benefits of these networks
through better opportunities for higher education and career
placements. It is our hope that together we can take the field of
psychology to new heights.
We also offer Counseling in various formats (individual,
group, couples, child and career) to those in need. We ensure that the
highest quality of care is provided to our clients and we follow the
current standards of practice maintained the professional practice of
psychology. Our Outreach services include educating the public
about mental health by offering short seminars and workshops of
positive mental health and wellbeing. We also offer suicide prevention
trainings to the community and spread awareness about the warning signs
and symptoms of suicide.
Our Corporate training services include trainings to
help increase productivity, enhance organizational health, boost
morale, attract & retain employees, promote workforce cooperation
and help employees effectively manage their work and personal life. We
offer consultation and assessment services to each corporate client to
provide them with a distinctive training package that meets their
Counseling and Training Team
Dr Diana Monteiro, Director
Diana Monteiro obtained her Ph.D. in
Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, USA
and worked as a licensed psychologist (in Tennessee, USA) before
returning to India in 2008. Her ardour for providing psychological
services made her initiate The Hyderabad Academy of Psychology in
Vikrampuri, Secunderabad in 2009. At HAP, Dr. Monteiro and her team of
hand-picked counsellors practice counselling, conduct courses and
workshops, and supervise other counsellors-in-training. Dr. Monteiro is
also the counseling psychologist at NALSAR University of Law
since September 2013.
comes across as someone who’s intelligent, accomplished and warm, a
top-notch trainer and counsellor, and fun to be around. She inspires
her trainees with her undying passion for Counseling Psychology.
Dr. Monteiro is often invited both locally
and internationally to conduct out-reach programs. Her seminars and
workshops have covered a variety of topics, which when presented in her
gregarious style (so well known in the twin-cities) are often said to
be inspiring. Her specialty areas include working with adolescents and
adults, suicide prevention, relationship concerns, communication and
multicultural issues. She is adept at treating mental health issues
from a positive psychology framework and uses strength-based approaches
in counselling. Her philosophy of training is based on integrity,
ethics and working hard and playing hard to ensure good all round
| Divya Raj|
Of the many choices in
life, those involving helping others come to terms with the cards they've been
dealt with, are the most difficult ones. Driven by an innate passion to help
others lead better lives, Divya has chosen academic paths that will bring her
closer to becoming a psychologist. A bachelors degree in psychology followed by
a masters in the same gave her the opportunity to study under some of the
biggest names in the counseling field in the country. After a brief stint
working at the university counseling center and completing the Basic Counseling
course at HAP, she decided to dive deep into the field of clinical psychology
by pursuing an M-Phil Degree. Two years of rigorous training under the strict
guidelines of the RCI, while seeing clients as part of her coursework, today
she works as a Senior Research Fellow at the Nizams Institute of Medical
Sciences in Hyderabad. Apart from being the clinical psychologist of the memory
clinic, Divya also plays a major role in the execution of a ICMR funded project
of decoding western clinical tests and applying them in an indian context. To
further her counseling skills, she is currently pursuing the Advanced
Counseling skills course at the HAP and sees clients at HAP and is the Clinical
Psychologist at HAP.
Jaishree Narayan has
specialized in early childhood education and has over 25 years of teaching
experience.She has conducted several workshops for both educators and
parents. Keenly interested in human behavior she did her Masters in
Psychology from Madras University along with a certificate course in Guidance
and Counselling for elementary children from IGNOU . She maintains an
equitable balance between her professional career (school administration and
psychological counseling) and family life. She has completed the
Basic course in counseling from HAP and is pursuing the Advanced course.
She is a Counselor/Trainer and Supervisor at HAP.
|Rekha B. Lagu|
Lagu has completed her B.Ed. and have 26 years of teaching experience. She is
currently pursuing her Master’s in Psychology. She is experienced in working
with adolescents and parents. She has completed the Basic and Advanced
Counseling courses at HAP. Rekha is a warm, friendly and caring person whose
young heart and constant positivity makes everyone around her feel good all the
time. She is a multi-tasker who has too often be told to slow things down for
herself and she manages her home, family, work and
extra activities with great poise and confidence.
has a Masters in Psychology from Madras University. She did a Basic course in
Counselling before joining HAP for the Advanced counseling course. Human
behaviour and psychology always fascinated her, and that’s what motivated her
to go back to continue formal education 26 years after stopping. Another reason
to look for a career at an age when others think of taking a voluntary
retirement was to not fall prey to the Empty Nest Syndrome. She is young at
heart and has an empathic and warm soul. She works as a volunteer in an NGO called
Roshni and as a counsellor in HAP. She enjoys her work immensely and is very
passionate about it. She is an active member in the Rotary Club of Secunderabad
Cantonment, and has a large group of friends. She believes that we learn as
long as we are alive and we can learn from anybody at any time as long as we
have an open mind.
Chandan, pursued her B.Com in foreign trade, but always found herself deeply
interested in listening to others and their problems. She loved observing how
people react to different situations in and enjoyed helping others . This
interest made her take a turn in life and study psychology under Dr.Diana
Monteiro and now, she never wants to look back. She feels she has the will and
passion needed to help others. She has a strong belief that if you put your deepest
wish out there, it will happen (and the rest of us cynics at HAP try to
convince her otherwise :P). She has completed a Basic Course in Counselling
from HAP and is currently pursuing her Master's in Psychology and is a
counselor and supervisor at HAP.
|Sandhya Ramchandani Kaura|
|Sandhya Kaura designed
interiors for about 3 years but then she felt something missing in her life.
That's when she realised her interest in Counseling and Psychology. She
realised that helping people gives her deep satisfaction and happiness. She
started the journey with a 10 week course in Counseling skills at HAP, then
completed the Basic course in Psychological Counseling Skills at HAP and
went on to do her MSc. in Psychology from University of Madras. She is
currently working as a Psychological Counselor at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavans
Vivekananda College, Sainikpuri, Secunderabad. She is also a part of the
Advanced Course in Psychological Counseling Skills at HAP and is a
Counselor/Trainer and Supervisor at HAP. |
Salma is our receptionist and manages
Dr. Monteiro’s schedule. She is usually the first point of contact for
anyone calling HAP and knows all the policies and procedures thoroughly
allowing her to ensure that she manages the students, staff and Dr.
Monteiro with skill, charm and authority. Thanks to her, HAP has been
able to function smoothly for years and she often goes above and beyond
to make things happen for us.
Our Student Testimonials
a part of the HAP has been the most enriching academic experience. Now
I love my subject (Psychology) even more. I feel confident of being
able to apply my knowledge.., thats what we’re taught at the HAP. The
internships and supervision were the highlights of the course, it gave
us students a chance to gauge where we stand in terms of our skills,
boosted our confidence and at the same time showed us areas where we
needed to improve.
We have the most amazing teachers. The style of teaching is
extremely effective and fun. The discussions in class and the
assignments are also a great source of learning. I have been very lucky
to be a part of an amazing batch, I have learnt a lot from my
classmates. As I’ve always said, my classes were my therapy.
This course has helped me decide in which way i need to steer my career, I intend to be a counselor. I’m grateful
–Bona Marie Colaco, Batch 1
It is very refreshing to see that the course is not just theory
but a lot of practical hands–on skills being taught. Diana and Aaarthi
make it a lot of fun as well.
–Mamta Reddy, Batch 2
I am Rekha Lagu,one of the student of HAP. My experience with
HAP was JUST GREAT.I got to learn a lot from this course.The best part
of this course was the practical training that I got from HAP.I don't
think there is any other institute that offers what HAP offers. Dr.
Diana and Aarthi are two great people.They are very good at what they
do.I enjoyed every bit of the training. I am going to miss my classes
and my classmates.
–Rekha Lagu, Batch 1
Students comments on Basic and Advanced Course Evaluations
Helping skills that were taught to help us to deal with clients was
very good. so enjoyed this course. The counseling and training was just
"Attending classes was very important and most valuable to
understand and gain more knowledge. However, the amount of knowledge
that I have gained from this course is incredible."
"The practical experience provided was most valuable. I learned
a lot in the course and I liked it a lot. Before joining this course I
did not have much language in psychology but now I can proudly say I
know something. Thank you so much."
"The role plays taught me a lot and the skills, theory and most
important of all the supervision was very valuable. The suicide
assessment was very interesting and an eye opener. I have learnt a lot
during my practical training, but I am not confident about learning the
theory part. However, after this course I have become more confident
and feel I am able to understand and help people better."
"Supervision was extremely helpful and valuable."
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|Batch 4 & 5 Graduation|
|Batch 6 (2012)|
|Counseling Role-play (2012) |