At the HAP we offer a spectrum of services ranging from Psychological Counseling,
Psychological Assessment / Career Counseling, Clinical Supervision and Outreach services to the community.
Our services are rooted in the scientist-practitioner approach and we constantly
seek continuing education to remain current in the field. Due to the lack of a
professional ethics code and standards of practice for counseling in India, we
follow a combination of the American Psychological Association(APA) and the
American Counseling Association’s(ACA) guidelines in practice of Counseling
Psychology, adapting both to suit India’s culture and tradition. We firmly
believe in the ethical practice of psychology and in maintaining the current
highest international standards of the profession.
Our services include:
What is Psychological Counseling?
Psychological Counseling is a process where you talk with a professional counselor
and gets the support, guidance and help you need to cope with life’s difficulties.
A counselor is a trained professional who helps you understand yourself, your behaviour,
feelings and thoughts, and allows you the safe space of the counseling relationship
to express yourself fully and completely without judgement. In addition, the counselor
has expertise in how to handle different life situations like difficult relationships,
anxiety, depression, stress, etc and can offer you guidance and advice on how to
manage these problems in your life. The counselor will use a variety of different
approaches that work on your thoughts, feelings and behaviors to help you lead
a better quality of life.
Types of Psychological Counseling
We offer individual, marital, family, adolescent, and career counseling.
The most frequently sought counseling modalities are described below.
An individual person comes in for a session with a counselor and works
on specific issues he/she is facing. Common psychological issues that are
seen in individual counseling include:
- Identity issues, including cultural, religious, gay/lesbian/transgender, etc...
- Body image, eating disorders
- Don't know how to cope with life circumstances
- Difficulty forming or maintaining healthy relationships
- Physical or emotional abuse (past or present)
- Inter-generational issues (including cultural conflicts between parents & child)
- Difficulty defining problems
- Marked changes in functioning
- Changes in thinking or perceptual abilities
- Difficulty setting limits with others
A couple (married or unmarried/ straight or gay) seeks counseling to work
on their relationship and resolve conflicts such as anger, infidelity, sex,
communication problems, etc.
Teens and pre-teens often have difficulties because of the multiple
changes they are experiencing as a teenager. Thus, parents and the teen
seek counseling to work on managing the behavioural difficulties and
relationship tension that occurs between them. The following are some
signs that an adolescent might need professional help:
- Long periods of sadness
- Sudden anger/irritability that doesn’t go away
- Withdrawn behavior/Sudden change in behavior
- Concentration/attention problems
- Alcohol/drug use
- Temper tantrums
- Feeling anxious and worried
- Strained relationship with parents
- Stealing/Lying frequently
- Being overly demanding of parents
- Not having friends/socializing
Families can be torn apart by illness, divorce or other problems that
create conflict and stress. Family counseling can help families
identify and resolve problems for issues like:
- Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia
- Substance abuse
- Depression or bipolar disorder/Diagnosis of a serious illness
- Chronic health problems
- Grief, loss and trauma
- Work stress
- Parenting skills
- Emotional abuse or violence
- Sexual abuse
What do people seek counseling for:
Counseling can be useful for any problem where the person is experiencing
distress or difficulty in managing their life. It can be a mild difficulty or
a moderate to severe difficulty and counseling can offer help to anyone in
need. Counseling is a process that takes time and thus people often seek
counseling for about four to six sessions for a given problem.
Sessions are typically held once a week and the HAP keeps confidential records of all services provided.
Charges and time taken:
Counseling sessions are typically 60 minutes in length for individual
counseling and 90 minutes for couples counseling. All information shared
in the session remains completely confidential except in cases where
safety is an issue. We offer face to face counseling and have recently
started offering counseling services on the phone or via skype. We offer
three levels of psychological counseling based on the experience of the
counselor and the fees range from free counseling (provided by interns
or counselors in training) to around Rs. 600/- to 1500/- per session for
seeing more experienced counselors. Fees are charged on a session by session basis.
If an intern or a counselor–in–training is providing the counseling
services, the counselor is supervised by a practicing experienced
psychologist / counselor and this process is also explained to the client
at the start of the counseling process. Confidentiality is discussed
with each client at the outset and goals are set for counseling, typically
during the first session.
Please call us for more information or to make an appointment
for counseling on 040-27847755 or +91-9493975140
Please Note: For
first appointments only, you have to pre-pay the full session fee in
order to book and confirm your appointment. If you give us a minimum of
24hours notice of cancelling or rescheduling your first appointment,
your pre-paid session fee will be refunded or applied to the
rescheduled session. Late cancellations (less then 24hrs) are
non-refundable. Please CALL to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
Psychological Assessment/Career Counseling
The philosophy of HAP is rooted in the belief that psychological
assessments promote a global perspective on an individual that must
go hand in hand with counseling for best results. Our assessments
include normal personality assessments and career testing. We use a
variety of psychological assessment tools to aid the process of
counseling and these include assessments for depression, anxiety,
relationship difficulties, relationship satisfaction, parenting skills,
personality traits, etc.
When an individual seeks an assessment, it is important to note
that psychological assessment typically takes more than one session.
The individual would meet with a counselor and then a decision about
psychological assessments would be made. Then the counselor would
administer the necessary psychological tests. The tests would then be
interpreted and conclusions drawn. The client would then receive
feedback from the counselor along with a report of the psychological
Career counseling involves meeting with a counselor, completing an
initial information gathering (intake), then completing a battery of
tests. The tests include assessment of personality, intelligence,
interests, abilities and values. The information is then put together
to form an overall picture which is helpful in determining one’s career path.
Career counseling takes about 3 sessions (1–2 hours each) and
once you complete the assessment, you will receive feedback and a
career assessment report. Career counseling is useful to anyone
who is seeking to determine their career path, especially students
from grades / standards 9 through 12 or those individuals seeking to
change their chosen career / academic path.
For older adults seeking a change of career path, we recommend that you
come in for an individual counseling session to assess your needs. Currently,
we do not offer career testing for older adults and offer individual
counseling related to career issues.
Clinical Supervision is offered to trained counselors who are seeking
self-development, case conceptualization skills, understand and
developing their theoretical orientation and improving their skills
as a counselor. Dr. Diana Monteiro offers clinical supervision at
HAP and here are her thoughts on clinical supervision. If you would
like to be supervised by her, please read the information below and then contact her.
In Dr. Monteiro’s words:
If you are considering seeking professional clinical supervision from me,
here’s more information for you to help you make a decision. I provide
clinical supervision to counselors and clinicians working in the field
of mental health. Supervision is a process involving meeting with me on
a regular basis to discuss clinical and professional issues are arise in
your work. It is a structured meeting that happens for one hour with the
aim of assisting the supervisee in developing/honing his or her skills
and knowledge base, as well as ensuring a high standard of service provision
to the client/patient.
I have been trained to provide clinical supervision during my doctoral
studies and have provided supervision since 2003. My theoretical style
is counseling is a combination of constructivist and cognitive theory guided
further by development, attachment, interpersonal process, and culture.
My Supervision Model: I conceptualize supervisee growth developmentally
and adapt my style based on skill level. I tend to provide more direction
at earlier stages and mentorship at later stages of therapist development.
My style offers a combination of support, discussion, challenge and feedback
to help develop strong conceptual skills and theoretical orientation. Integration
of theory and empirical research into practice and using self as a tool are
encouraged. Interpersonal process forms a large part of my work in supervision
and I encourage constant self-examination for growth as a therapist and
professional. Creating a safe environment for positive personal and professional
development to occur takes precedence in this process.
To begin supervision with me, please call me so that we can discuss
your needs and get to know each other. I typically do individual and
group supervision, once a week to once a month depending on the supervisee’s
needs. Before we formally begin supervision, I like to meet with a potential
supervisee and let us learn about each other to see whether we will be
able to work together or not.
Charges for supervision: I charge a fixed amount per supervision session
which is an hourly rate. Individual supervision sessions and group
supervision sessions are offered so please check with me regarding
availability of group vs. individual supervision and the rates for each.
Groups consist of three supervisees in a group for an hour session.
If you think you would like to discuss working with me under supervision,
please call me directly on 90002-34262 or contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outreach & Prevention programs
The HAP reaches out to the Hyderabad and surrounding community
through its outreach and prevention programs. These programs are
geared towards promoting personal growth and educating individuals
who may be concerned with a variety of social, emotional, behavioural
and academic/career problems.
Outreach services are offered to Schools, Colleges, Corporate clients, and the general public.
School based programs
Our school based outreach programs focuses on adolescent students
since they are typically the most in need of assistance with life
issues at this crucial juncture in their life. We typically present
to students in Class 9 and 10. Topics for schools include:
Dealing with difficult parents
The psychology of love
Getting ready for the 10th class (for the 9th class students)
Being the best you can be (for outgoing students of Class 10)
Health/Hygiene (for girls)
We can create other programs to suit your needs, so please
call us for more information on programs and charges for the same.
College based programs
The HAP provides workshops and presentations to student groups and
classes on a wide variety of topics. We are happy to arrange programs
that may be of interest to your group or class. We are also more than
happy to be part of a panel discussion you might be arranging that
involves issues related to relationships, stress, families, the college
experience, dealing with difficult issues, grief and loss, etc.
Following is a list of some of the topics that are available.
Other topics that might not appear on the list are also available.
Please feel free to call if you have any questions about a topic
you might have in mind.
We look forward to being able to respond to your requests!
Some of our Outreach Topics:
1001 Things to Do Besides Drink
How to Talk About Sex
Abuse Issues (physical, sexual, emotional)
Alcohol and Drugs
Intro to Career Decision Making
Juggling Multiple Roles
Basic Communication Skills
Love Stinks - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Basic College Survival Skills
Motivating Yourself to Study
Body Image Issues
Coping with Performance Anxiety
Communicating With People Different From You
Communicating about Sex
Coping with Depression
Coping with Health Problems and College
Dealing with "Bad" Feelings
Test Taking Skills
Grief and Loss
How to Help a Friend with a Problem