" We all have the ability to make our lives better. With proper guidance, it is definitely possible. "

In India, 7.5% individuals suffer from mental health issues. During the COVID - 19 pandemic, many researchers not only warned about the physical dangers but also the emerging mental health issues which will be faced by people. Due to lack of awareness, stigma and unavailability of mental health professionals, many individuals end up not receiving any help in times of need.

During this pandemic, Innate Mind was founded by Disha Manchekar. She believes that each one of us has an innate or natural ability to maintain good mental health under any given circumstances. With proper guidance any individual can achieve this, thereby, leading a more fulfilled life. Keeping in mind this noble belief, Innate Mind is based upon two missions -

1) To bridge the gap between seeking help and gaining quality psychological services.

2) To develop Mental Health awareness through well - written blogs, social media lives and webinars.

NOTE: If you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal or witnessing abuse, please contact any of the helpline numbers listed under the helpline section.


About The Founder


Ms. Disha Manchekar is a Psychologist, Psychotherapist and former HR professional. Being a former Human Resource professional, she has experience working with corporate employees, trade unions and blue-collared workers. She found her calling of becoming a Mental Health Professional during this phase of her career. She proceeded ahead with her calling by having an aim to provide quality help to people and spread awareness about mental health at large. Apart from Innate Mind, she has been affiliated with YourDOST, PinkyMind and EAP India. 

She enjoys interacting with people through Innate Mind's instagram blog, drawing, reading books, watching movies and enjoying life's simple nuances.


  • Master's of Labour Studies from LNML Maharashtra Institute of Labour Studies (Mumbai University)

  • Master's in Clinical Psychology from Maniben Nanavati Women's College (SNDT University)

  • Certificate Course in Gestalt Therapy from Psychphoenix Psychological Services & Training Institute

  • CBT Practitioner's Course from The Academy of Modern, Applied Psychology

  • Intensive Training in SFBT from Academy For Solution Focused Approaches And Research


About The Writers

Passionate Mental Health Professionals helping to demystify mental health.

Ms. Surabhi Sandeep Pawar

Ms. Surabhi is a psychotherapist and a child psychologist. She works majorly with children having ADHD, Learning Disabilities, low self - esteem, social anxiety. Her sessions are a blend of behavioural and humanistic approaches. She also makes use of techniques from Art therapy and Play therapy for children. She strongly believes in the effectiveness of mindfulness in daily life. She aims to take Psychology to the grass root level population and remove the stigma attached to therapy and counselling. Apart from working in the field of mental health, she enjoys origami, photography and creative writing.


  • Masters in Political Science from IGNOU Open University

  • Masters in Counseling Psychology from Maniben Nanavati Women's College (SNDT University)

Ms. Janhavi Datar

Ms. Janhavi Datar is a Psychologist, REBT certified therapist and Yoga instructor. She has an experience of working as an assistant professor in a Junior College as well as volunteering with Volunteer For India. She has recently started her private practice in the field of mental health. She believes in mental well - being as an integral part of a sound holistic health. She enjoys reading books, listening to music and exploring through treks.


  • Masters in Clinical Psychology from Maniben Nanavati Women's College (SNDT University)

  • Yoga Teacher's Training Course from Yoga Vidya Niketan

  • Certificate Course in REBT from Institute of Psychological Health (IPH)


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