SAJINI VARGHESE

CENTRE DIRECTOR OF MINDSCAPE

Completed her schooling from Indian School, Kuwait and then took her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from All Saint’s College Trivandrum. She obtained her PGDCA from NIIT and Airline Ticketing and Fare Construction from ITATS. Later took her Master’s in Human Resource Management from Kerala University. Subsequently a Post Graduate Diploma in Child, Adolescent and Family Counselling from Medical College, Trivandrum.
Prior to establishing Mindscape she started her professional journey by working in the Travel Industry. Then from 1997-98 she worked in Trade Wings institute of management as a student counsellor, and also conducted soft skills training sessions. In 1998 Sajini Varghese joined IIWT and extended her service as centre manager cum counselor. She has also worked in the field of career counselling from 1999 to 2001 in CMC limited, which is a Govt. aided Computer Institution.

She is one of the directors of Oriental Routes, a premier inbound destination management company based in Trivandrum offering tailor-made holidays and conferencing solutions and One Global which is a Hospitality Consulting and Marketing Company and also Foodkart, a next generation food based online platform which helps the public to know the latest restaurants, outlets and latest food trends .which is still in its nasal stage

Apart from counselling she is into numerous social activities. She is an active member of the social organization – KERALEEYAM which is actively involved in Welfare of the aged and destitutes, Cancer Alleviation, Raising funds for HIV positive children. She is also actively involved in the activities and has held various positions in Inner Wheel, an international organisation founded in 1924 with presence in 103 countries promoting true friendship, encouraging the ideals of personal service, fostering international understanding and above all involvement in social causes. Mrs. Sajini Varghese is widely travelled and it is this exposure to different cultures and her vast experiences in dealing with the difficulties and problems faced by the student community in her career, which led her to think about a solution for the challenges faced by the students and parents which ultimately led to the establishment of Mindscape with support of the St.Marys Group of Schools.

DEENA BALAKRISHNAN

SENIOR CONSULTANT PSYCHOLOGIST

Deena Balakrishnan is a Consultant Psychologist having expertise in mental health, learning, behavior and Training, to help individuals succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. She has a success record performing in highly competitive environments of Corporate, Government projects, NGOs, Banks, Colleges and Schools. She had completed her M.Phil in Consulting Psychology from Kariavattom University and Post Graduation from Maharaja’s College for Women, Trivandrum. She is a Second Rank holder (University of Kerala) in Clinical Psychology during her Post Graduation. She was also bestowed with Kumari Bhagavathi Endowment for being the highest rated student during her college days.

“Psychology has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. I’ve always wondered how our brains work, why people behave the way they do, why we are all so different and yet, sometimes, so similar. Observing people and their reactions to various situations has never bored me. I can do it for hours. People still amaze me and I doubt, whether it will ever stop! Psychology is a life-long lesson actually, and this is one more reason why it’s all so fascinating to be in this field and with organizations who share similar views!”

She has been trained from Christian Counseling Centre, Vellore under B. Prashantham, Director, Prof. of Counseling Psychology, Institute For Human Relations, Counseling and Psychotherapy, CCC, Vellore.
Her core competencies include:

  • Training
  • Counseling
  • Career Guidance
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Before joining Mindscape and St Mary’s Group, She was working as a Lecturer in Psychology at Bethany Navajeevan College of Physiotherapy, Nalanchira, Trivandrum Prior to which she had worked for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Technopark Trivandrum as a Corporate Trainer. She was also appointed as the subject expert for Psychology by the Kerala University of Health Science Thrissur, during her tenure at Bethany Navajeevan college.