The Department of Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology at Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute caters to all – from children to the elderly. It holistically treats patients through full-fledged psychiatric management, psychological testings and therapies. Non-authoritative in its approach, the Department takes patient preferences into consideration and acts in their best interest in the long run. The Department follows good consultation liaison practices with doctors of other departments which helps it with the medical management along with psychiatric aspects.


The Department is licensed to admit patients involuntarily. Facility of 6 beds (3 for male and 3 for female patients) and 2 isolation rooms is assigned for psychiatric treatment at the Hospital. When required patients are admitted whereby supervised medications are given along with other therapies. Usually admission is for a period of maximum 14 days. If prolonged supervised admission is required patients are refered to rehabilitation centres.



We treat regular psychiatric illnesses like:

  • Mood Disorders: Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder

  • Thought Disorders: Schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Personality Disorders: Cluster A (schizoid, schizotypal, paranoid), Cluster B (antisocial, borderline, histrionic, narcissistic)

  • Sleep Disorders: Insomnia, parasomnia, sleep phase disorders

  • Sexual Disoders: Premature ejaculation, impotence

  • Adjustment Disorders

  • Behavioral problems in Mentally Challenged and Autistic children

  • Dementias: Alzhiemer’s, Vascular, Frontotemporal, Levi Body

  • Substance Dependence: Alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, opioid, cocaine, meth, LSD, inhalants, etc.

  • Impulse Control Disorders: Hair pulling, intermittent explosive, kleptomania, etc.

  • Behavioural Addictions (Gambling, gaming, internet, social media, porn, shopping, etc.)



We provide acute emergency care for suicidal or violent patients, cases of drug abuse and withdrawal or for those who are confused and delirious. Electro Convulsive Therapy is given as and when required.



Helps individuals to deal with their psychological problems in a positive manner to achieve sound mental health. The assessment includes initial interview, diagnosis and psychometric tests conducted by our well qualified and experienced Clinical Psychologists.


Diagnostic Tests available

  • Psychometric tests

  • Personality Inventories

  • BGT (Neuro Psychological Test)

  • IQ Test


Treatment Offered without medicine through alternative therapies

  • Psychotherapy

  • Relaxation methods

  • Patient counseling & guidance

  • Family counseling & guidance

  • Marriage counseling



All standardized Psycho diagnostic tests are used like:

  • Rorschach (ROR)

  • Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)

  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)



Every adult who cares for children has a responsibility to guide, correct and socialize children toward appropriate behaviours. These adult actions often are called child guidance and discipline. Services offered at our Child Guidance Clinic include:


Psycho Diagnostic Tests conducted for children

  • IQ Testing: To understand the intellectual functioning as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the child

  • Child Apperception Test: To understand the behavioural problem of child

  • Behavioural Testing: To understand the hyperactivity, attention problems and stubborn behaviour of the child

  • Learning Disability Test: To understand the reading, writing, mathematical, perceptual and sensory difficulties faced by the child

  • Aptitude Test: To understand the ability and aptitude of the child as well as to give direction for future career options

  • Development Testing: To understand the motor, language and personal social development of the child


Therapies Conducted

  • Management & Rebuilding

  • Play Therapy for children

  • Cognitive and Behavioural therapy

  • Guidance and counselling



Special Education makes it possible for children to achieve academic success in the least restrictive environment despite their learning disabilities – mental, physical, behavioral or emotional. It involves a specific program or class for your child, access to specialists and modifications in the educational program such as curriculum and teaching methods. Services provided at our Special Education Clinic include:

  • Assessment – Educational & Functional

  • Planning of IEP (Individual Educational Plan)

  • Execution of the Plan

  • Remedial Teaching

  • Functional Teaching

  • Special educational Teaching



For those psychiatric patients who believe in higher powers or have existential crisis or are at the end-stage of life as in Cancer patients, the Department offers Spiritual Counselling.  



Dr. Ajit Nerurker

MD (Psych), DPM, MCPS

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Devendra Save

MD (Psychological Medicine)

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Sneha Naik-Samant

M.B.B.S, D.P.M

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Rahul Khemani

MBBS, DNB (Psychiatry)

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Sujay Prabhugaonkar

DPM, MD (Psychological Medicine)

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Kirti Tandel

MBBS, Diploma in Psychological Medicine

Consultant Psychiatrist

Clinical Psychology

DR. Chandrakanta Jain

MA (Psychology), DGP,

PhD (Clinical Psychology)

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Ms. Usha Gaonkar

MA (Clinical Psychology)

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Ms. Kasturi Roy

MA (Clinical Psychology)

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Child Psychology

Ms. Dhara Bangera

MA (Clinical Psychology)

Consultant Clinical Child Psychologist

Special Education

Ms. Shampa Roy

B. Ed. (Special Education)

Consultant Special Educator

Spiritual Counselling

Mr. Rajesh Kadam


MS (Counselling & Psychotherapy)

Consultant Spiritual Care Counsellor