Mangaluru: Dr. Veerendra Heggade of Dharmasthala launched AutumnMind.com, an online Counselling platform for India yesterday. The portal is promoted by the Ecolink Institute of Well-being, Mangalore.
Launching the website through an Online message in a Zoom Conference attended by its therapists and Counsellors from all over India, Veerendra Heggade said Online Counselling is relevant at present situations and its services can easily accessible to beneficiaries.
“Earlier, Indian families were joint families and elders in the family played the role of counselors, who managed the emotional stress in the family”, observed Heggade. “But, the nuclear families require emotional support from elsewhere ”, he added.
Also, the winner of Padma Vibhushan, the country’s highest honor, Heggade used to sit for hours listening to the problems of common people and devotees in Dharmasthala, and “many of them wanted to be just a compassionate listening”, he added.
Autumnmind .com is an online portal connecting people with emotional problems to a well qualified and experienced Counsellor who speak their own language. The portal has psychologists and counselors with post-graduation in Clinical Psychology and years of experience who are based in different parts of the country and speak almost all major Indian languages.
Padmashri Dr. B.M. Hegde, former Vice-Chancellor of Manipal University who interacted with the Counsellors in the zoom Conference asserted that psychotherapy is more powerful than medicines in healing patients. “A pat on the back and an empathetic listening reduce heart attacks”, said Dr.Hegde, who is also an internationally known Cardiologist.
Dr. Hegde said the relevance of Online therapy is increasing day by day, and it is an effective way to reach out to many through the medium of the internet. “If One to One therapy helps, online therapy also should work equally”, said the Doctor who clarified several myths associated with online Counseling.
“Making counseling and Psychological services easily available, accessible and affordable is the vision of Autumnmind.com”, said Sharel Albert, one of the Counsellors in the forum who is based in Bangalore. Over 25 counselors took part in the zoom Conference from all over India who will deal with only neurotic cases and not severe mental disorders in online therapy.
Dr. Thomas Scaria, the Managing Director of AutumnMind.com who coordinated the Conference said autumn is a beautiful season in one’s life, and “our mission is to guide people to experience this joy and beauty of the season within themselves through psychological counseling”.
Ronnie Thomas who designed the website said autumnmind.com has six sections including parental and child counseling, Addiction Management, Mental health counseling, Relationship Counselling, and special packages like Smartphone addiction, NLP, Spiritual Counselling, etc.
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