Dr. Shamsah B. Sonawalla is the
- Founder of TransMag Well-Being Clinic,
- Associate Director, Psychiatry Research
and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Jaslok Hospital and Research Center, Mumbai;
- Former Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry,
Duke University Medical Center, USA; and
- Former Assistant Professor of Psychiatry,
Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
A practicing psychiatrist for over 15 years, and has worked extensively in this field across India and the United States. In India, she obtained her M.D. degree in psychiatry from Bombay University (T.N. Medical college & B.Y.L. Nair Hospital) and received several awards in academics and extracurricular activities, including the Bhagwat Award of the Indian Psychiatric Society and Bombay Psychiatric Society- President's Award. She completed her postdoctoral training in psychiatry at Harvard and was promoted to instructor in a year, and thereafter, to Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. At Harvard, she did pioneering work in the field of depression among college students (across India and the United States) and received several awards and grants for the same, including the prestigious 'Young Investigator Award' in 2002 from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) and the 'New Investigator Award' from the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit (NCDEU). Her department at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, was voted number one department of psychiatry in the United States for 16 consecutive years by U.S. News.
Dr. Sonawalla has over 100 publications to her credit in national and international journals, including the American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Journal of Psychopharmacology, Psychosomatics, Dialogues in Clinical Neurosciences, and the International Journal of Psychiatry and Medicine. She also has written several book chapters and has co-edited a book on 'Women's Health and Psychiatry,' published in 2002 by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.
She returned to India in August 2002, and joined Jaslok Hospital as an Honarary Consultant Psychiatrist. She set up two new clinics at Jaslok: Women's Well-Being Clinic & Mood Disorders Clinic. She has delivered over a 100 invited lectures across India and the United States. She also continued her work on depression among college students across India and the United States, helping several thousand students recognize and overcome depression.
Dr. Sonawalla specialized in
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)for psychiatric disorders at Harvard in 2008 and started 'Trans Mag Well-Being Clinic' in Bombay in 2010. She has successfully treated several individuals with mood disorders using
rTMS. She is also a columnist for a leading national newspaper and her work has been extensively cited by the media in India and the United States. She continues to retain her collaborations with Duke and Harvard, updating and expanding her clinical skills and research.
- Personalized clinical assessments
- Detailed, personalized assessments are conducted for every individual and their families as required.
- Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)is a state-of-the-art, safe, and effective treatment for depression and certain other clinical conditions. It was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA) in 2008 for the treatment of depressive disorders. Read More
- Psychometric Testing
- Psychometric testing involves the use and administration of standardized tests that help assess various aspects of an individual's functioning, including mood, thought, perception, intelligence, behaviour, personality, current level of functioning, inter-personal relationships and coping patterns.
- The counseling and therapy sessions help individuals understand their clinical condition, and explore and generate effective coping methods. The therapist works with the individual and the family (as required). The goal is to help individuals work through an appropriate plan to attain their optimal level of functioning.
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- This therapy helps identify and correct irrational beliefs. It is helpful in treating depressive disorders, bipolar mood disorder, anxiety disorders and eating disorders and is one of the most effective forms of psychotherapy.
- Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)
- Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy focuses on reworking self-defeating, absolutistic beliefs that affect psychological and physical well-being. It helps identify the crucial link between emotion, thought and behavior. It also helps provide techniques to identify and analyze the origin of the problem, facilitating balanced emotional and cognitive coping.
- Caregiver Supportive Therapy
- This therapy focuses on helping caregivers deal with their anxieties, frustrations and guilt, and address their own health and well-being concerns.
- Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
- Interpersonal therapy focuses on past and present social roles and interpersonal interactions and helps optimize them.
- Family Therapy
- Family therapy involves one or more family members and is based on the principles of respect, empathy, consent, confidentiality and accountability. It is particularly useful in educating family members regarding the individual's illness, enhancing communication and facilitating treatment.
- Relaxation Training
- Relaxation training involves refocusing attention (e.g. noticing areas of tension), increasing body awareness, and exercises (such as alternately contracting and relaxing groups of muscles) to better connect mind and body. Types of relaxation techniques include progressive muscle relaxation, autogenic training and breathing retraining.