Prof. Madhu Kosuri, Author at Wellness Hub
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Online counselling: The modern day pill

January 8, 2019 By admin

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Online counselling is a boon for modern mankind, thanks to technology. Though technology has been held responsible for some of the problems being faced by mankind, it is the same technology that has become a tool for providing professional counselling services to people. Online counselling, an example of optimum utilization of technology, allows people to use counselling services from any corner of the world; saves time and ensures the same anonymity as provided by face-to-face counselling. An understanding of the nature, process and importance of counselling is warranted before an examination of the significance of online counselling.


Counselling is a form of talk between a client (person seeking help) and the counsellor (the person providing professional psychological services). Counselling is a discussion about the problems faced by the client and is aimed at finding solutions and helping the client cope with the associated stress.

Counselling begins with the wish or intent of the client to seek help for the problem(s) that were not resolved either by self or with the help of family members, friends or co-workers. The client then asks the counsellor to provide time and space to share feelings and experiences and find solutions to the problems. The counsellor builds a relationship that provides the client an opportunity to speak without inhibitions and confidentiality is assured. The client is allowed to voice his/her experiences and feelings that have been silenced. The counsellor sets aside his/her own needs or positions on issues brought by the client,

Why women don’t report sexual harassment or assault?

October 31, 2018 By admin


Sexual harassment #MeToo | Wellness Hub


‘Me Too’ movement was founded in 2006 by Tarana Burke a 45-year old African-American from New York to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly young women of colour from low wealth communities. The initial idea behind me too was empowerment through empathy, letting other women know that they’re not alone in the journey. The life-changing movement began when Burke was talking to a girl who revealed that her mother’s boyfriend had been sexually abusing her. She didn’t know what to say, she just said ‘me too’.

She was able to create a storm with just 500 Twitter followers.

The movement became an internet sensation when actress Alyssa Milano stumbled upon this phrase and tweeted on October 16, 2017 that “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me Too” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem”.

Now, it is being used by women across the globe to share their anguish against sexual harassment. This movement spread to multiple languages, including Arabic, Parsi, French, Hindi, and Spanish. Today, women in 85 different countries are using the hashtag to bring attention to the violence and harassment they face in daily life and to demand change.

Despite such a popular movement, every time a high-profile sexual harassment or assault case is reported people tend to ask “Why don’t the victims of sexual harassment come forward sooner?” This question seems to shift the blame onto the alleged victims,


August 22, 2018 By admin




Setbacks are inevitable in life. We should be prepared to set them aside and use them to our advantage. Highly successful people, who in fact, experience the most setbacks, have acquired this knack of setting aside setbacks in order to achieve their success. Unfortunately, nobody talks much about their setbacks and struggles. We are taught to admire successful for their successes and we are left to compare ourselves with their achievements. This in turn makes it hard for us to validate our mistakes and problems and we start questioning our abilities.

This pattern of thinking has made the world be afraid of setbacks. Even from a young age we have been taught that being wrong and making mistakes are bad. Our mind gets conditioned to use these memories to provoke negative emotions like fear and anxiety which might make us repeat the same errors today. Award winning author J.K. Rowling advocates that we should learn to embrace setbacks and failures. She states that “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all–in which case, you fail by default.” If we live so carefully to avoid failure, we’re also never teaching ourselves how to manage it effectively when we experience it.

The question now is “Can we train ourselves to set aside the setbacks and use them to our advantage? Yes.

How to Get Rid of an Inferiority Complex

August 22, 2018 By admin



All of us, at some point during our lives, have felt inferior to everyone else. We must have felt we are not good enough, not pretty enough or not smart enough. Usually these comments are not based on facts, but we continue to feel we are inferior. Fortunately, there are a number of simple steps we can take to get rid of inferiority complex. The steps can be categorized into three groups relating to confronting feelings, changing our thoughts and making positive steps


How to Get Rid of an Inferiority Complex | Wellness Hub



Identify the source of your inferiority complex. Inferiority complexes can be learned in childhood or formed in adulthood. The former is caused by neglect, overly critical or shaming parents, bullying by peers, exposure to negative messages in media and not experiencing positive social experiences. On the other hand, the adult inferiority complex is formed when you feel that you are not able to accomplish things you set out to do, or when you feel harassed by your family, partner or coworkers. Both types of inferiority vary in severity and are associated with low self-esteem and results in making unfavorable comparison of oneself with others.


Look out for the signs of an inferiority complex. At times your behavior is a result of your inferiority complex and you may not be aware of it. Inferiority complexes certainly affect how a person thinks and acts.

How to know if you need counselling?

August 22, 2018 By admin


How to know if you need counselling | Wellness Hub


Nowadays, there is a lot of discussion about the importance of counseling and people are thinking about consulting a counselor. It is possible that one day you feel really low and want to speak to someone as soon as possible.  The very next day you feel OK and the thought of consulting a counsellor goes away. But the issues that made you feel low are still there and you inevitably feel worse again in a few days time.

What stopped you from making an appointment?  Apprehension about seeing a counsellor for the first time is common.  It can also be hard for anybody to accept that might need help.  Asking for help can make the problem seem more real and it is not easy to pretend it’s all OK. People who resolve this dilemma and seek counseling find it extremely helpful and effective and that it is the right thing for them. Attending a counseling session helps you find out more about how counseling works and the counselor can help you decide if counseling would be useful for your particular situation.


Listed below are possible signs that would help further in deciding if you need counseling or not:

  • Uncontrollable sadness, anger or hopelessness.
  • Eating or sleeping more or less than usual
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Doubts about whether life is worth living,

Counseling: The Need of the Hour

August 22, 2018 By admin


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There is a lot of talk about counseling nowadays. Some of you may know what counseling is and may have taken some counseling sessions from a counseling psychologist. If you do not know what counseling is or have not had counselling before you would have a number of questions about what it involves and whether it would help. If you are considering attending a counseling session you may feel uncertain about committing your time and money to see a counsellor. Hopefully this article can begin to answer some of your questions.

Counseling is a wonderful twentieth-century invention. We live in a complex, busy and ever changing world. In this world, there are many different types of experiences that are difficult for people to cope with. Most of the time, we get on with life, but sometimes we are stopped in our tracks by an event or situation that we do not, at that moment, have the resources to sort out. Usually, we find ways of dealing with such problems by talking to family members, friends, neighbors, or our family doctor. But occasionally their advice is not sufficient, or we are too embarrassed or ashamed to tell them what is bothering us, or we just don’t have an appropriate person to turn to. Counseling is a really useful option at these moments and at this hour.


What is counseling?

The client seeks such a relationship when they encounter a ‘problem in living’ that they have not been able to resolve through their everyday resources.

Clinical psychologist/Counselling psychologist/Psychiatrist: Whom to consult and for what?

August 22, 2018 By admin


Most people often struggle with understanding the difference between Clinical psychology, Counselling psychology and Psychiatry. The three areas of study share in common many functions, but they differ in origin, theory and career paths. The differences between the first two can be noted by observing the roots of the two words: The term “clinical” is derived from the Greek word “kline,” which means bed, which may reference clinical treatment provided at a patient’s bedside. The term “counseling” is derived from the Latin word “consulere,” which means to advise or consul. Psychiatry refers to a field of medicine focused on the study, prevention and treatment of mental disorders in humans. Additional details about the differences are presented below


Whom to consult and for what | Wellness Hub


Clinical Psychologists

Clinical psychologists tend to work more with serious mental illness. The work of a clinical psychologist often overlaps with that of a psychiatrist. After World War II, clinical psychologists began to treat soldiers returning from war for issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder – work that would previously have been reserved for a psychiatrist. Clinical psychologists today focus on a variety of serious mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depressive disorders, among others.

In terms of the theories that underlay their work, clinical psychologists focus on psychoanalytical and behavioral persuasions when treating their clients; their training tends to emphasize psychopathology. Clinical psychologists are often employed in more clinical “bedside” settings such as hospitals and medical schools,

Celebrity suicides: What can we learn from them?

August 22, 2018 By admin


Celebrity suicides: What can we learn from them | Wellness Hub


It is estimated that every day, about 3,000 people across the world die due to suicide. The family members of these people experience severe shock, disbelief and sometimes shame. The recent suicides of Avicii (DJ), Anthony Bourdian (Chef, TV host and author) and Kate Spade (Fashion designer) created sensational headlines. These celebrities were very talented, successful, wealthy and widely loved. The singular question that was being asked was “What made them take the extreme step?” The thoughts that actually precipitated the suicidal act unfortunately die with them and we can only make guesses about why they took their lives. However, we can learn lessons from such celebrity suicides that would help us deal with suicidal ideation.


 Celebrities are after all human beings

When a family member or a close friend dies due to suicide the experience can be emotionally devastating. But when a celebrity dies due to suicide, it is not just their family but the entire world that is left shocked and betrayed. We realize that celebrities, despite all the fame, money, and everything else, are not immune to suicides. They are also human beings and like everybody else, they too experience pains and disappointments. But, they have to manage or cope with them all alone and away from the public eye. It is important for us to realize that unlike the celebrities we enjoy the liberty of talking about suicidal ideation and seeking help from mental health professionals to resolve all our problems.

3 Top Results that Mindful Meditation Brings in

August 3, 2018 By admin


3 Top Results that Mindful Meditation Brings in | Wellness Hub


This is definitely a bzzusy busy world, isn’t it?  Multi-tasking has become the order of the day wherein you are caught between doing things always and do not have some ME time at all.  As a result you are longing to have some mental peace and get out of your emotional upheavals.  There is a whole lot of planning that goes on for the day, for the kids and for the weekend.  Amidst all this confusion there is every chance that you are losing out your connect with the present…totally missing out on your feelings and the things you love to do most.

Mindfulness therefore has to be brought into your routine.  What is it all about? 

It is a practice of purposefully focusing all your attention on the current and present moment. 

It is found to bring about a lot of change in the way you can perceive your life and feel good about it.  This is found to be the key ingredient in happiness.  After all, why are we battling it all out?  We want to lead a happy life, don’t we?  And what is the use at all when you are not able to feel happy and satisfied with your life!

Ancient roots in Buddhism

Mindfulness has its origins in Buddhism.  Not confined to that religion alone, we have some form of prayers or meditation techniques that help people shift their focus from their daily preoccupations,

5 Don’ts When you are Dealing With Your Children

August 3, 2018 By admin


Would any parent get into bad parenting?  No!  Well, that is what it appears to be apparently but in effect, parents are getting more and more involved into bad parenting.

As a parent each one of us is extremely ambitious to give the society a well mannered, well educated individual who will make a good name for himself as well as for his parents.  Most importantly the struggle is to get a good name for ourselves.  But do we at all in the first place think of how we were as children?  Were our parents really as strict with us as we are now with our children?

In this struggle to make the child an ideal person in every sense, parents are committing a series of mistakes that are leaving an indelible mark in the tender minds.  What are these mistakes that parents are continuously committing?


5 Don’ts When you are Dealing With Your Children | Wellness Hub


  1. Is your child lying to you in numerous instances?

If you have detected this recently, then ponder as to why he is doing so.  Take some time out and retrospect.  You must have overreacted to the mistakes that he has committed in the past.  So, in order to avert your anger the child is choosing an easy way out…telling you lies and getting away with the situation.  Now, you ascertain for yourself if it is to be encouraged or discouraged. 

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