Brain and Mind Clinic (BMC) is a modern mental health care facility located at Little Flower hospital, Angamaly in Ernakulam district, Kerala, India. The unit was opened on the 1st of December 2014. BMC has superb infrastructure and a dedicated multidisciplinary team working together to provide an individually tailored mental health care plan. At Brain and Mind Clinic, we are passionate about working with our patients and their families trying to incorporate their views into the treatment plan as much as possible. We believe in adopting a highly collaborative approach so that it becomes an empowering experience to our patients.
Visiting a large hospital to access healthcare can be a daunting experience at times. For our patients’ convenience, we have all the services including patient registration, reception, outpatient clinics, inpatient service and pharmacy outlet operating under one roof in the same floor of the hospital. Stigma continues to be a barrier that comes in the way of seeking help for mental health problems on time. At Brain and Mind Clinic, we strive hard to create an environment that is non-judgmental. We are determined to work hard to deliver our promises and exceed the expectations of our patients and their families.
If you or your family member suffer from intense anxiety in public, intense fluctuation in your mood, depressed mood, persistent suicidal thoughts and ideas, persistent unwanted thoughts and so on, our team will be able to assess the symptoms and provide appropriate advice. Our team is trained to treat OCD, PTSD, Psychosis, bipolar disorder and alcohol dependence. If your child suffers from ADHD symptoms, dyslexia, learning difficulties, intellectual disability or other behavioral problems our team of child mental health clinicians will be able to provide you with pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment. We also provide family therapy, relationship counselling, cognitive therapy and behavioural interventions as necessary.
As we are part of a tertiary care hospital, we have easy access to expert input from all specialties and super specialties which comes handy in a lot of situations. Moreover, it improves patient safety as very rarely there can be unforeseen medical complications during psychiatric treatment.
Dr C J Joseph
MBBS MRCPsych(UK) CCT(UK) FRANZCP(Australia)
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and HoD of Brain and Mind Clinic
Dr Joseph completed his psychiatric training in the UK and worked as consultant psychiatrist in Newcastle, UK and later in Perth, Australia for 5 years before returning to India in late 2014. He has been the consultant and clinical lead at the Brain and Mind Clinic right from its beginning in December 2014. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London, UK and a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in Melbourne, Australia. He completed his MBBS degree from Government Medical College, Calicut in 1999. He has been working in psychiatry since 2001 and has nearly 22 years of experience in the field. He has published articles in peer reviewed journals and has been actively involved in psychoeducational activities via voluntary organisations and audiovisual media. To find out more about him visit DrJosephPsychiatrist.in
Dr Gargi Pushpalal
MBBS, MD (Psychiatry)
Dr Gargi completed her bachelor’s degree (M.B.B.S) from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore under Manipal University and post-graduation (MD) in Psychiatry from Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry. She is a compassionate and empathetic listener and believes in personalised and holistic approach towards patients. A dynamic psychiatrist, she has been trained to manage mental disorders in patients of all ages with special interest in de-addiction treatment, suicide prevention, mood disorders, adolescent and women’s mental health. She is fluent is Malayalam, English, Hindi and Tamil.
Sister Maya Mathew
Co-ordinator and Social Worker
Sr Maya completed her post-graduation in medical and psychiatric social work from Malankara Catholic College, Kaliyikkavila under the Manomaniyan Sundaranar University, Tirunalveli in 2014. Since qualifying, she joined the social work department at Little Flower hospital, Angamaly and later on took up the role of BMC co-ordinator when the unit opened in December 2014. She has also been working as psychiatric social worker at BMC.
Sneha Sebastian is an RCI registered Clinical Psychologist. She is a member of Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists (IACP). After completing her Masters in Clinical Psychology from St. Agnes Centre for PG and Research, Mangalore, under Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences she received her M Phil in Clinical Psychology from Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS), Kozhikode under Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS). She has ample clinical and research experience across all age groups and with people suffering from various mental health issues. A key area of her research was paediatric OCD and its treatment. She has been working with special focus on Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders and Childhood Behavioural & Emotional issues. As a clinical psychologist, she administers psychometric tests and provides psychotherapy for a range of clinical conditions. Her areas of expertise include Neuropsychological evaluation and rehabilitation, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic based approach, Family and Couple Therapy.
Deena K Varghese
Deena Varghese is a RCI registered Clinical Psychologist who completed her M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS), Kozhikode. She completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore. Her therapeutic expertise lies in individual psychotherapy taking insights from psychodynamic approach, cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy. She has been closely working with all age groups suffering from mood disorders, anxiety, addiction, personality disorders, marital and family adjustment difficulties. She is a queer affirmative therapist and well versed in psychometric assessments (IQ assessments, Learning Disability assessment, assessment of Autism, Personality assessments, Projective tests, etc). She has presented papers in national and international seminars and published articles in peer reviewed journals. Her areas of expertise include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy, Solution focused therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Family counselling, De-addiction counselling, child & adolescent guidance and parent training.
Sister Lincy Therese
Nurse in Charge
Sr Lincy Therese completed her nurse training from St Martha’s Hospital, Bangalore in 2003. She has subsequently worked in St Martha’s hospital in Bangalore, Holy Family hospital in New Delhi, Sanjoe hospital in Perumbavoor and Little Flower hospital Angamaly. She worked in Soukhya Sadan a residential home for the elderly in a place called Chethicode between 2010 and 2012 when she was actively involved in community work focussing her attention on helping individuals with drug and alcohol problems and their families. She has been leading and managing the nursing team and auxiliary staff at the inpatient unit of BMC ever since its inception in December 2014.
The outpatient department currently operates from 9am to 3pm on Monday to Friday and from 9am to 12.30pm on Saturdays. All patients registered before the closing time will be seen on the same day. When you arrive at the BMC reception, you will be advised of the approximate waiting time before you could be seen by the doctor. Those patients who have booked in advance will be given priority.
No one is immune to mental health problems irrespective of their socioeconomic status. We recognise that it can be difficult for some to access psychiatric care because of their social standing or other reasons. We offer a priority service to such clients who want to be able to seek help in a highly confidential manner and without having to wait at all once they arrive in the department. The Brain and Mind Clinic co-ordinator can be contacted between 9am and 10pm on the dedicated helpline number 9947 22 11 33 to book an appointment bypassing the normal booking route. Appointment with a specific date and a guaranteed time will be given. Once the patient and their family arrive at the hospital with a confirmed booking, they just need to contact the BMC coordinator who will then arrange for them to be greeted and escorted to a private waiting area ensuring that the patient is seen at the booked time with minimum or no exposure to the general public. This is a privileged service and only one or two such appointments will be available per day.
In this era of internet and effective communication solutions, distance should be no bar for anyone to access the services of a psychiatrist as psychiatric assessment is primarily based on thorough history taking and mental state examination for which no physical contact is needed. At the Brain and Mind clinic, consultation can be arranged via video conferencing using appropriate platforms such as Skype, Google, etc as mutually agreed. Appointment times can be more flexible for telepsychiatry appointments to suit the needs of the client depending on their geographical location and other commitments. If such consultations necessitate prescription of medications, signed prescriptions can be forwarded electronically or by post to the client. If any specific health monitoring is required as part of treatment, client will be advised to identify a general practitioner closer to the client’s location who can undertake those tasks. Medicines along with the relevant instructions can be couriered to destinations in India if you have difficulty in obtaining the medications in your locality.
Psychology and Psychotherapy
The Brain and Mind Clinic has an experienced multidisciplinary team with clinical psychologist, visiting psychotherapist, social workers, special educator and counsellors working as part of the team. Necessary interventions can be arranged based on the clinical needs of the patient. We offer various psychometric tests including but not limited to IQ test and LD assessment. Our practitioners can provide cognitive therapy, behavioural interventions, parental counselling, relationship counselling, family therapy, remediation therapy, special education and training in ADL for children.
We have an admission facility with 25 beds spread across general wards both male and female, private rooms and private air-conditioned rooms. We have an airconditioned intensive care room with CCTV to care individual patients if they are severely disturbed. We take safety of our patients and staff seriously and there can be at times some restrictions in place as deemed appropriate for the risk profile of individual patients. A family member can stay with the patient should they wish to do so. We do not insist on having a bystander with the patient for the entire duration of their admission. However, we recommend that a family member stays with the patient in the initial days while the patient is adapting to the new surroundings. The unit has a dining hall with audio-visual entertainments, recreation area, quiet room and an activity room.
we offer inpatient alcohol de-addiction treatment for those who are dependent on the substance and are at risk of serious withdrawal reaction. Others can have treatment including medications and counselling as an outpatient.
We offer IQ tests, assessment for learning disability and remedial teaching for dyslexic children. We offer counselling services, training in activities of daily living, school liaison work, parenting support, advocacy and child guidance. We are currently in the process of further expanding our services for children and Little Gems a new centre exclusively for children is underway. This is expected to benefit those children with needs in the socio-educational domain due to various neurodevelopmental conditions such as autistic spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, intellectual disability and so on.
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Brain and Mind Clinic
Little Flower Hospital & Research Centre, MC Road, Angamaly
Ernakulam District, Kerala, India, Pin - 683572
0484 267 5055 / 395 4055
(9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday)
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Frequently Asked Questions
I have serious concerns about my privacy and how can I seek psychiatry consultation in complete discretion? We have a privileged service which you can utilise in such situations. Please refer to the privileged service section under the tab Services or click here.
Can patients be admitted at night? Ideally, patients requiring admission are assessed during the day by the psychiatrist before admission to the unit. However, we do appreciate that emergencies can happen necessitating admission during out normal operational hours. In such situations, you may contact the BMC co-ordinator on 9947 22 11 33 for advice. Out of hours admissions will need to be through the casualty department where the patient will be assessed by the duty doctor first and then the duty doctor will liaise with the psychiatrist on call to arrange admission if admission is considered appropriate.
Can family members stay with the patient in hospital? Alternatively, can the patient be admitted without the need for bystanders? We have a flexible approach to this. We would prefer to have a family member staying with the patient during the initial days of their admission to the hospital and then an agreement can be reached regarding the need for family member to be with the patient based on the clinical needs and risks the patient poses. Sometimes, it is therapeutically necessary that the patient stays alone in hospital and in such situations, family will be informed and requested to be away.
If the patient is not willing to come to hospital, what do we do? It is recommended that the family members attend the outpatient department and discuss the situation with the psychiatrist to plan the best way forward to get help for the patient.
Are patients allowed to use mobile phones and electronic devices? Yes, they are, as long as the use of the gadgets is appropriate and it does not pose a threat to the safety and/or dignity of the individual patient, other patients in the unit and the staff. There might be restrictions regarding the storage of electrical cables depending on the risk profile of the individual patients and that of other patients in the unit at the time.
Will patients be locked inside the room or hospital? The unit is locked, but rooms are not. Patients generally have the freedom to go out of the unit to spend time outside. However, such arrangements will need to be agreed in advance during the daily review by the psychiatrist depending on the nature of illness and risks associated with it.
What if we have a complaint? We try our best to ensure high quality care for our patients. However, if you are not satisfied, we have a complaint procedure which you can follow. Alternatively, you can provide anonymous feedback using our anonymous feedback facility inside the hospital.