a Womens' Mental Health Program

AtEase - a Women's Mental Health Program

AtEase is a women’s mental health program of Lilac Insights that caters to women with different stories. It is led by Richa Vashista (Master's in Clinical Psychology), a mental health professional who works at the intersections of Gender and Sexuality. The program offers a safe space for women of all identities, while maintaining confidentiality and privacy during sessions. AtEase Program can support women reclaim the fulfilling, enjoyable and purposeful lives they so richly deserve.

AtEase uses client-centred and evidence-based approaches to reduce depression, anxiety, burn out and other mental health related issues in women. We use a rights based, intersectional and multi-cultural approach during counseling and therapy. The experts associated with AtEase have been curated based on their professional expertise of working in the women’s mental health space.

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Women’s Mental Health

Most individuals experience distress in their daily life. Some people can manage their issues on their own while many require professional support. The way mental health impacts all genders can look similar. However, women (cisgender and transwomen) and non-binary individuals often face different challenges such as unequal economic and social conditions than cisgendered men. Such situations can contribute to a higher risk of experiencing conditions like depression and anxiety.

The first and most important step on the road to mental wellness is acknowledging the need to take action. For women, taking that first step can be challenging. Due to societal pressures women often feel the need to be the strong and nurturing caregiver for their families, friends, and communities. This further forces women to maintain a social facade, which in turn takes a significant toll on their mental health and overall wellbeing.

Our Services

If you or your loved ones are experiencing mental health challenges, we offer support in the following ways:

Individual Therapy
18+ years of age
Couples Therapy Family Therapy Psychiatric Consultation
18+ years of age
Corporate Emotional Wellness
(Request for a call)

Our Approaches

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Trauma Informed Therapy Narrative Therapy Systems Therapy Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Person Centred Therapy Art Based Therapy

Mental Health Conditions

As per the American Psychiatric Association, there are disparities between men and women in regard to risk, prevalence, presentation, course, and treatment of mental disorders.

Talk to our expert and manage your symptoms if you have a diagnosis of:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
Underlying Issue, Women and Family

Over two thirds of primary caregivers are women, caring for partners, parents and children. While this brings joy to many, it can also be a major stressor. Alongside, managing competing paid and unpaid work/time demands can have a major impact on physical and mental health, financial security and independence.   (Read more)

If you are facing any kind of issues at home that cause distress, reach out to us. We offer support to women experiencing distress related to:

  • Marriage and Divorce
  • Gender based violence
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Parenting
  • Dysfunctional family dynamics
  • Challenges during COVID-19
  • Challenges due to societal Issues

Talk to our expert, if you are experiencing:

  • Frequent outbursts of frustration and anger
  • Anxiety, agitation and restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities enjoyed before
  • Insomnia or irregular sleep schedules
  • Tiredness and lack of energy

Workplace Mental Health

Half of the population when divided by gender are women. If you identify as a woman, the challenges you face at workplaces require a better understanding. The inequality faced by women at work can affect their mental well-being, especially married working women or women from different marginalized subsets. Our program is focused at understanding how mental health issues impact working women and how mental health professionals can best understand this global phenomenon in order to improve occupational functioning of women.   (Read more)

Talk to our expert, if you are experiencing

  • Job related stress
  • Burnout at work
  • Work life balance
  • Facing discrimination on the basis of gender
  • Bullying and harassment
Gender Identity and Sexuality

If you identify as Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer- Cisgender or Transwomen or as a Non-binary individual, there is a high possibility of experiencing challenges that may look identical but are distinctly different from the larger LGBTQIA+ spectrum or heterosexual counterparts.  (Read more)

Issues we can help with:

  • Issues at home, college or work
  • Coming out of the closet
  • Identity confusion
  • Discrimination faced because of your gender identity and sexual orientation
  • Relationship issues
  • Navigating through the intimacy landscape

Reproductive Life Span

Major life transitions such as pregnancy, motherhood and menopause can create physical and emotional stressors for women. Negative life experiences – infertility and perinatal loss, poverty, discrimination, violence, unemployment and isolation – also impact women's mental health and wellbeing.

As per the World Health Organization

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends universal screening for depression and anxiety disorders during pregnancy.

(Read more)

Get support related to:

  • Prenatal Wellness
  • Postnatal Wellness
  • Infertility Breakthrough
  • Perinatal Loss
  • Menopause

How it Works

Choose an expert
Block your calendar
Brief client intake
Connect for therapy session

Benefits of the program

Access therapy from anywhere, while maintaining a safe and secure method Choose a qualified therapist of your choice Personalized care and support Schedule sessions based on your availability

Meet our team of experts

Dr. Richa
Dr Ruksheda Syeda



Dr. Syeda Ruksheda is a Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience specialising in adolescents, young adults, women and families. She is trained in the esteemed medical institutes of Mumbai with a WHO Fellowship from South Korea in psycho-social rehabilitation. She serves as Co-Chair of women's mental health specialty section of Indian Psychiatric Society and National General Secretary of Indian Association of Biological Psychiatry.

Dr. Richa
Richa Vashista


Mental Health Professional

Richa Vashista is the Chief Mental Health Expert at Lilac Insights and heads the women's mental health program, AtEase. She has a Masters in Clinical Psychology from SNDT University, Mumbai. She is a Mumbai based Mental Health Professional working at the intersections of Gender and Sexuality since 2014. The approaches she uses are Cognitive, Behaviour Therapy, Trauma Informed Therapy and Person Centred Therapy.

Dr. Richa
Sadaf Vibha


Mental Health Professional

Sadaf Vidha is a mental health professional with over 5 years of expertise in working with women and queer individuals. She has a Masters in Clinical Psychology from TISS, Mumbai. The approaches she uses are Narrative and Systems, Jungian, Art based therapy and Cognitive behaviour therapy.

Disclaimer: AtEase does not provide crisis support; when an individual is experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide, or is showing symptoms of severe clinical disorders. If you are in crisis or you think you may have an emergency, reach out to a suicide helpline in your country of residence:

AtEase A Women Mental Health Program - FAQs

In psychotherapy or “talk therapy,” a therapist will work with you to:

  • Identify any issues
  • Develop ways to address issues
  • Control troubling symptoms

Therapy can help you function better, increase your well-being, and help you heal. There are different methods and formats of therapy. For example, some types of therapy help you change how you think and behave, while other types of therapy help you better understand underlying issues. You may have one-on-one therapy (with just you and the expert) or family or couples therapy, in which you and family members or your partner may work with an expert.

Privacy and confidentiality is an essential part of counseling. Everything you share with the expert remains confidential. With this said there could be some infrequent exceptions to this including the possibility of danger to yourself or others. You can discuss this in detail with our experts during sessions to address all your concerns.

Counseling and psychotherapy gives you the opportunity to talk with a trained professional, who can offer support, and new perspectives on your issues. It is designed to give you the time, space and encouragement to explore and understand the issues you bring. While counseling is not a magic or an instant cure, it can clarify problems and help in their resolution. A psychologist will be able to help you think about your problems from a different perspective. Their role is to provide you with a secure framework in which to reflect upon your circumstances. The aim is, that in time this will increase your awareness of yourself, your situation, and the choices that are open to you. It will also provide structure and support for you in painful and difficult times. The counsellor will not tell you what to do or make you talk about anything you do not want to talk about. Counseling can help you to focus on and understand more clearly issues that concern you.

It’s time to seek advice from a mental health professional if:

  • You’ve felt consistently bad (e.g. sad or worried) for longer than 2 weeks
  • Negative thoughts and feelings are starting to affect your ability to function normally
  • You’re showing signs of depression, such as losing interest, or feeling hopeless or unable to cope
  • You feel anxious or worried most or all of the time
  • You start having panic attacks or develop obsessive or compulsive behaviours

Are your concerns getting in the way of enjoying your daily life? Do you feel overwhelmed, worried, or unsatisfied? Are you finding it challenging to make the changes you want to make in your life? Are you feeling stuck or unsatisfied in your relationships? If so, counseling may be right for you. A counselor can offer practical assistance, support, compassion, a different perspective, new strategies, and coping skills so that you can make deep and lasting changes in your life.

Talking with a therapist offers a psychological space that friends or family cannot provide. Our experts can offer a space that has no bias or judgement. The ‘severity' of a problem is relative - i.e., if something is not right, it is not right - counseling is valid whether a concern is minimal or overwhelming. People who engage in the counseling process often find it useful.

On the basis of the concerns shared by the client, the counseling/therapy sessions are planned & accordingly the client may get an idea of the number of sessions. However, there are times when the client might want to work on some other issues which can continue the sessions further.

A first session is an opportunity to meet with the expert and understand the nature of therapy and create a plan of action. Usually there is time to discuss what has brought you to see us at this time and think together about a way forward, including the frequency of sessions.

You can book an appointment by selecting an expert of your choice, here to book a session.

You may also Contact Us directly & we will guide you through the process.

In order to help as many families as possible we ask you to adhere to these cancellation policies. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

  • If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment time, please provide us as much notice as possible. Psychologists do not double book appointments, so the appointment you have made is exclusively for you. If you don’t attend the session you have booked without notifying us at least 24 hours in advance the full fee will be charged and there would be no refund.
  • We need at least 24 hours notice to attempt to fill the appointment time should you cancel or reschedule. So, we ask that you consider this when changing or cancelling a scheduled appointment.

If you identify as a woman facing mental health challenges, this program is for you.

  • Choose a therapist of your choice
  • Book an appointment
  • Complete payment
  • Fill intake form
  • Attend therapy session