Mental Health & Counselling Services by Expert Counsellors

Hello and welcome to Another Light Counselling!

We provide affordable mental health and counselling services from ₹900 (+ taxes) conducted via our junior counsellors and ₹1200 (+ taxes) for our senior counsellors.

Aanchal Narang (they/them)

Founder

Aanchal Narang is the founder of Another Light Counselling. They hold a Masters in Applied psychology (Clinical) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai with additional certifications from institutions like the National Institute for Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine, Bombay Psychological Association, Safe Spaces (Accredited by City & Guilds of London), PESI, EMDR Association India to name a few. They have further trained with and certified under experts and veterans of the field like Swati Khanolkar, Dr. Minnu Bhonsle, Dr. Gabor Mate, Tara Brach (PhD), Janina Fisher, Dr. Diane Poole Heller & Dr. Peter Levine among others.

They work with a trauma-informed approach and specialise working with childhood trauma, complex-trauma, survivors of CSA and dissociation. They have experience in working with perpetrators of abuse with a reformative justice lens. They have had over 400 clients.

 

Over the span of their career, Aanchal has trained over 4000 people on Gender, Sexuality, Violence & Discrimination including healthcare & mental health professionals, NGOs, Government organizations and students. They have co-created learning & training modules and formulated courses along with mental health organizations and NGOs. They have conducted trainings with UNHCR staff from Myanmar on Gender-Based Violence and feminist, queer-affirmative and trauma-informed practices for refugee casework.

 

An associate member of the Indian Academy of Professional Supervisors and a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation, Aanchal has trained and held workshops at premier institutes of India including their alma mater Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai University, Whistling Woods International, KC College Mumbai, Wilson’s College Mumbai and many more.

Having partnered with multiple NGOs and collectives like Urja Trust, DoctorsForACause, TPJ, Light Up, Cehat, Survivors against TB, Medical Student’s Association of India, iCall, they have worked extensively in the social sector to build awareness and capabilities for issues related to gender, sexuality, violence, discrimination, and rehabilitation. As a personal project in 2020, Aanchal raised close to 11000 USD (almost 8 Lakhs INR) for Sex Workers & Homeless Women suffering due to the pandemic. 

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Aanchal Narang, Founder of Another Light Counselling Queer Affirmative Therapist, Psychologist

Aastha (she/her)

Counselling Psychologist

Hello! I am Aastha, and I am a trauma-informed and queer affirmative counseling psychologist. I have completed my M.A. in Applied Psychology from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

 

A big believer in the power of a safe space, I aim to provide individuals a space in sessions to feel and think without fear and judgment and truly process all their emotions. I believe insight to be extremely powerful and am aimed at nurturing an environment that allows for this insight to grow.

 

In addition to mental well-being, I am extremely passionate about books, grandma sweaters, and chai!

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Aastha Counselling Psychologist

Atheena (she/her)

Counselling Psychologist

Hey! I am Atheena and I am a Queer Affirmative and Trauma Informed Counselling Psychologist. I have completed my Masters in Applied Psychology with a Specialization in Clinical Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences-The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, Chennai.

 

My happy place is a beach house where I am reading, eating good food, and listening to Arctic Monkeys. I believe media is a powerful channel for self-reflection and can help one realize they aren’t alone.

 

I believe that self-compassion can make big changes that can help people accept themselves with their flaws. My goal is to make people feel comfortable in their own skin and see themselves as the multifaceted people they are. The beauty of therapy is that even if one person benefits from it, it creates a ripple that would touch many other lives.

 

The safety and comfort of my clients are something I prioritize in my sessions.  I want to be the facilitator who helps my clients understand themselves and find their agency.

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Atheena Counselling Psychologist

Yashaswi (she/her)

Counselling Psychologist

Hello, I am Yashaswi and I am a trauma-informed and queer affirmative counseling psychologist. I have completed my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Montfort College, Bangalore. 

 

I believe in providing a safe, non-judgmental, and empathetic space to clients. Within that space, I aim in helping my clients explore and process their true emotions, thoughts, patterns, and needs. 

 

Something that I seek in the sessions with my clients is “aha” moments. I truly believe that the first step towards healing is to simply become more aware of what’s happening inside of us, even during times when problems are outside of our control. 

 

I believe that each individual has immense potential and resources within themselves for them to survive and heal. I am simply a person who is facilitating that process with you and helping you find these resources. 

 

Apart from that, I love dancing, painting, playing badminton, going on treks, and working out. They help me calm down and release my stress.

 

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Yashaswi Counselling Psychologist

Anagha (she/her)

Counselling Psychologist

Hi, I'm Anagha. I'm a Queer Affirmative and Trauma-Informed Counselling Psychologist. I have completed my Master's in Clinical Psychology from Christ University, Delhi-NCR.

I have always believed in the power of acceptance and a judgment-free space in therapy and it is something that I strive to create in all of my sessions. One of my favorite aspects of therapy is the authenticity it brings.

I believe in helping my clients feel peaceful, whole, and safe within themselves. In a world of extremes, I use therapy to try and explore the middle and greys of life.

Apart from these, books, music, history, and culture are a few things that spice up my life.

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Anagha Counselling Psychologist

Ritika (she/her)

Head of Administration and Communications

Hello! I am Ritika Jain and I’m working for Another Light Counselling!

 

I’m a certified primary respondent for child abuse and am currently pursuing a certification in counseling psychology at Sampurna Montfort College and wish to pursue an MSc in clinical psychology thereafter. I have always been passionate about psychology and think it’s important to be informed about mental health.

 

I’ve never believed in the conventional methods of psychology and therefore wish to inculcate my passion for art and design into therapy and put forth creative ways of expression and therapy. India has a long way to go with regard to mental health and I hope to be a facilitator of this change and bring about awareness, especially from a queer and trauma-informed perspective.

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Ritika Head of Administration and Communications

Amit (he/him)

Intern

Hi, I am Amit. I am an intern at Another Light Counseling. I have a bachelor's degree in Commerce from Pune University and am currently pursuing my Masters's degree in Psychology from Indira Gandhi open university.

 

I have completed a certificate course in counseling from Heart to Heart Institute of Counseling, Mumbai; and also a certificate course in Creative Writing from Xavier’s Institute of Communications, Mumbai. 

 

The human mind and behavior have always fascinated me. Having spent many colorful years in the fashion, grooming, and entertainment industry, I feel like now my passion is to dress people up from the inside out. 

 

All of us need a listening ear, a safe space, a need to heal, and deserve happiness.

Through counseling, I want to help create an inclusive, non-judgmental environment where people can express themselves freely and evolve.  

 

Chocolate, coffee, movies, and music for life support!

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Amit Intern

Mahima

Intern

Hi. I am Mahima Thomas, working as a Research Intern at ALC. I completed my graduation from the University of Delhi and currently, I am pursuing a Master's in Clinical Psychology. 

I am keen to learn and develop an understanding of Human Behaviour as well as the skills to understand and interpret research findings concerning human behavior. I am willing to expand my learning experience outside the classroom.

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Mahima Intern

Swanaya

Intern

Hi! I am Swanaya, a research intern at ALC.

I graduated with a BA in Psychology, Journalism, and Women's Studies from the Indian Institute of Psychology and Research. My interest in research stems from the lack of cultural representation and I hope to help build implementation approaches that enhance the accessibility of mental health resources. For leisure, I binge-watch shows and bake all things chocolate.

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Swanaya Intern

Mitali

Intern

Hello! I am Mitali Balki, and I am currently working as a research intern with ALC. I am a third-year Psychology student studying at FLAME University. I am interested in pursuing neuropsychology upon graduation. 

 

I believe that psychology has the potential to help understand and find humanistic solutions to problems people may face. This aspect of the field attracted me to it. Working with ALC, I get an opportunity to understand how researchers gather the data required to develop such solutions. I also appreciate ALC's efforts to make the counselling space more inclusive through their research and practical work.

I look forward to learning from the enriching experiences I will have during my internship with ALC!

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Mitali Intern

Ashlesha (she/her)

Intern

Hello! I’m Ashlesha, a research intern at Another Light Counselling. I’m currently pursuing a B.Sc in Psychology from Ashoka University and hope to pursue a masters degree and a PhD in research in developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

 

I believe that therapy should benefit everyone - people of all gender identities, sexual orientation, cultures and those belonging to neuro diverse groups. To enable this the representation of these groups and a sensitive approach in research is crucial. This is what makes me interested in research in psychology and the research at ALC. 

To relax I like to watch my comfort show Fleabag and eat loads of dark chocolate!

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Ashlesha Intern

Pratyaksha (she/her)

Intern

Hello! I'm Pratyaksha, a social media marketing intern at ALC. 

I'm currently pursuing a Triple Major in Media, English, and Psychology from Christ University. 

In this internship with ALC, I get to put all of my subjects of study into practice. 

You'll find me creating content for ALC's Social Media pages.

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Aishwarya Singh

Intern

Hi! My name is Aishwarya Singh and I'm currently pursuing of M.Sc. Clinical Psychology from CMR University.

 

I aspire to be a good therapist and a better person.

 

In my spare time, I like cooking mainstream Indian "Ghar ka khana" and watching recent Netflix series.

 

I like to keep myself updated about the progress in my field by reading research papers and having discussions about the various variety of topics with like-minded people.

 

I want to closely work with minority communities and bring social change by taking conscious steps toward bringing awareness about important issues.

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Vidya (she/they)

Counselling Psychologist

Hello, I am Vidya, and I am a trauma-informed and queer affirmative counseling psychologist. I have completed my M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore.



 

As an individual, I continuously endeavor to contribute towards social change through mental health accessibility, advocacy, and action.



 

In my spare time, I like to update myself on the latest readings in my field, travel, bake and spend time with my cockatiel (who is super cute). I love working with people from different walks of life. I use empathy, genuineness and acceptance as the pillars of my sessions. I believe in empowering my clients in the process of therapy and giving them back control of their lives.



 

The therapeutic relationship with my clients is one of the most important aspects of my sessions and I endeavour to make it a safe and comfortable space for everyone. I like to use humor in my therapy to make it a more relatable and easier experience for clients.

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Vidya Counselling Psychologist