12B 10th Cross (East) Thillai Nagar Tiruchirappalli - 620 018 Tamil Nadu India
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ATHMA - Counseling Centre
The ATHMA INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (AIMSS) had been striving hard to promote mental health create awareness remove the stigma and marginalization of the mentally ill. The efforts have paid great reward by the number of people seeking psychiatric care. ATHMA is the only private institution in Tamilnadu having the maximum number of beds psychiatrists clinical psychologists counsellors occupational therapist and social workers. The vision of our Director Dr. K. Ramakrishnan is achieved by the dedication of staff and professionals in his team. Our new area of focus is Exclusive Counselling and Guidance for parents and students as well as professionals who aspire to progress in their career.

Going by the statistics 25% of school going children are having some form of psychological problem besides being mentally or physically challenged.
We are all aware that students are put under enormous pressure to study. Rather than giving knowledge our education system lays stress on scoring. Capable students endure this stress. Majority of average students are unable to cope up breakdown leading to lots of maladaptive behaviour like truancy substance abuse conduct problems depression and psychosis in their most important phase of life (adolescence) when their potential and behaviour should be handled cautiously and channelised. Every parent expects his / her child to get first mark which is impossible. Unfortunately the parents also get stressed out and develop severe anxiety and depression which inturn is imposed on the children.

The other area of concern is adolescence adulthood professional choice work pressure love affairs marital mismatch interpersonal problems between parents elderly neglect domestic violence suicidal threats attempts emotional and physical divorce foster care promiscuous behaviour drug and alcohol dependence and other related problems. Depression and drug dependence are the most common causes in terms of sickness absenteeism and work inefficiency. Nearly 50% of the populations have some form of mental instability. Tamilnadu ranks 4th in suicide rate and Chennai stand 1st in suicide among major cities.

What does this convey?

Though materially we are more comfortable mentally we are getting weaker. The regretable fact is that with mere sharing and appropriate guidance most of the problems can be avoided.

Who will do the counseling?

In fact any level headed person can do it. Now-a-days it is not possible because of modernization of society. Interestingly on par with scientific advancements psychology and counseling along with psychiatric medicine have made a big leap. In western countries that are socially and economically advanced mental health professionals are adequate to deal while our country has very few counsellors and mental health professionals not even in the ratio of 1:50000. Fortunately ATHMA has managed to assemble a host of mental health professionals who are dedicated empathetic and also scientific and systematic.

How ACE works ?

A team of experts including psychiatrists psychologists social workers counselors and occupational therapist form the core of ACE. Consultation services are strictly by appointment only. Therefore there is no need to waste time unnecessarily. For the convenience of students the sessions are only in the evening.

Initial evaluation is done by counsellors and psychologists. The client’s problems are discussed with psychiatrist and the action plan will be decided. We have more than 200 assessment tools and scales to evaluate in detail about the personality problem areas IQ EQ learning capacity aptitude adjustments virtues or defects. Based upon this counseling mode is decided. If required drugs will also be prescribed. ACE is the only counseling centre in Tiruchirappalli run entirely by qualified specialists in a humane and congenial atmosphere.

Who should approach ACE ?

If a child or student has the following problems :
1. Developmental delay
2. Poor communication not responding properly
3. Hyper active poor attention span.
4. Aggressive short tempered violent.
5. Difficult to manage.
6. Speech delay.
7. Scholastic backwardness.
8. Learning difficulty.
9. Lack of concentration memory problem forgetfulness examination fear.
10. School refusal truancy bullying other student lying stealing abusive.
11. Severe sibling rivalry.
12. Stereotypic behaviour withdrawn not playing with other children loner.
13. Easily crying temper tantrums apprehensive.
14. Fear or phobias.
15. Sleep disturbances night mares night terrors and bed wetting.
16. Sadness death wish suicidal attempts.
17. Not obeying parents (opposition).
18. Problems in family - broken family father’s alcohol abuse etc.
19. Early parental loss.
20. Not able to cope up with stress.
21. Difficulty in choosing academic courses.
22. Cerebral palsy and any form of mental and physical disability.
23. Misconceptions in sex.
24. Infatuation and trivial love affairs.
25. Failure in exams.
26. Drug abuse
If any professional or employee or employer has:
1. Apprehensions / fear on anxiety
2. Always under tension - short tempered emotional out bursts.
3. Confusion in choice of job
4. Not able to cope up with job stress.
5. Forgetfulness performance anxiety.
6. Difficult in facing interviews group discussions.
7. Alcohol and substance abuse.
8. Affair failed affairs
9. Family problems interpersonal problems.
10. Sadness sleep disturbance death wish suicidal attempt.
11. Strange or bizzare behavior.
12. Repeated unwanted negative thoughts not able to overcome them.
13. Marital problem-Interpersonal problem between couple adjustment problems with in laws.
14. Problem in managing children.
15. Burnout syndrome or breakdown.
16. Any traumatic event which could not be overcome.
We also offer
School mental health programmes for teachers students and parents in areas like stress management how to improve memory concentration how to handle exams interviews and mass personality and IQ assessment.
Corporate management programmes for
1. Stress Management
3. Mass personality aptitude and talent tests
2. Life Skill Training
4. Stress copying and drug refusal skills
For program kindly contact 98424 – 22121 80125 22121
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