Know Your Therapists

Know Your Therapists

A substantial number of the therapy team consists of recovering alcoholics and addicts: those who have traveled the road experienced the pain of addiction and the joys of recovery. This lends an unmatched touch of empathy and identification to the therapy process.

Hope Trust ensures that our staff is up-to-date and highly motivated. The staff members attend regular in-house continued skills-development programs. While some staff are credentialed under the International Centre for Credentialing and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE) others are enrolled in educational programs, leading to international certification by IC&RC (International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium) and CACCF (Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation).

Rahul Luther

Founder & Executive Trustee

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Mr. Luther is a graduate in English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology. He worked for about 25 years in the corporate sector before joining the social service sector.

He has vast experience in addiction treatment. He established the first care-&-support facility for people affected by HIV/AIDS in Telangana as well as the first rehabilitation center for addictions in the state.

He is also the former Director of an international agency (MIIDRI) focusing on HIV/AIDS, working in the rural areas.

He publishes articles in leading national publications, speaks on national radio and TV as well as lectures extensively on the subject of addiction all over the world.

*Available for outpatient consultation. For appointments, call 2339 6339 / 2330 6339

Rajeshwari Luther

Co-founder & Director

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Ms. Luther is a certified ICAP I (International Certified Addiction Professional) along with being a post-graduate in Sociology, Industrial Relations and Personnel Management. She is also a certified psychometric testing professional.

Moreover, she is also certified in Denial Management Counselling from Gorski’s CENAPS Centre for Applied Sciences and a Professionals in Residence Training from Hazelden, USA. She has more than 25 years of experience in hospitals and administration with over 15 years in addiction therapy. She is also an Advanced Member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP).

She is a certified lead auditor in ISO 9000 systems, a life member of the National HRD Network, and frequently gives talks on addiction and related subjects at educational institutions, public gatherings and interacts with the media in India and abroad.

Ms. Luther oversees all operations and projects of Hope Trust. Her area of expertise is family therapy, training and community services.
*Available for outpatient consultation. For appointments, call 2339 6339 / 2330 6339

Dr. Vijay Seshadri

Consultant Psychiatrist

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Dr. Vijay Seshadri is a senior consulting Psychiatrist. He has vast experience in a general hospital psychiatry set up, dealing with various kinds of adult psychiatric illnesses with special focus on substance abuse and dual diagnosis. His work currently involves clinical as well as research-academic and as an investigator in multiple international multi centric drug trials.

*Available for outpatient consultation. For appointments, call 2339 6339 / 2330 6339

Dr. Keshav Rao Devulapally


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Dr. Keshav Rao is a psychiatrist with over 22 years’ experience. He qualified as MD (Psychiatry) from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad in 1994 and MRCP (Psychiatry) from Kings College School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, UK in 2004. He is a member of Indian Psychiatric Society and of Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK.

He has developed unique intake assessment protocols for dual diagnosis at Hope Trust, and is part of the psychiatric team – for managing dual diagnosis cases and training courses.

He is also available for outpatient counselling at the facility – some of the services provided by the doctor are: emotional disorders of childhood, adolescent issues, ADHD, marriage/ marital counselling, poor academic performance and anger management.

Dr. Keshav Rao is the President of the Telangana Psychiatric Society.

*Available for outpatient consultation. For appointments, call 2339 6339 / 2330 6339

Dr. V A Prasad

Resident Medical Officer/ Therapist

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Dr. Prasad has vast experience with substance abuse management and dual diagnosis therapy. His unique therapeutic methodologies have proven to be effective and sustainable. He has been associated with Hope Trust since 2004.

*Available for outpatient consultation. For appointments, call 2339 6339 / 2330 6339

*Raisa Bhatia

Psychologist and Director (Training)

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Ms. Bhatia holds the credential of International Certified Addiction Professional (ICAP I) awarded by the International Centre for Credentialing and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE) under the Colombo Plan.

She has an MA degree in Psychology along with an MSc degree in Mental Health from King’s College, London. She oversees the outpatient wing and also coordinates workshops at Hope Trust on various topics of mental health and conducts community based awareness and sensitisation programmes for adults and adolescents on addiction and related social issues.

Ms. Bhatia applies a combination of evidence-based techniques of CBT, 12 Step facilitation (using the Minnesota model), motivational interviewing and other psychological management tools to various disorders such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis, substance abuse, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mood disorders and dual disorders.

She is also a certified psychometric testing professional and offers psychological testing services for career, aptitude and personality testing. Her special areas of interest are substance abuse (addiction), depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and psychosis/schizophrenia.

Ms. Bhatia is an Advanced Member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP).

*Currently on sabbatical

Mr. Simon Stephens

Consultant – Training & Protocols

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Mr. Stephens is Director of Case Work at Addictions UK (affiliate of Hope Trust). He is an Honours graduate in Psychology and has been awarded ‘Senior Counsellor Accredited Status’ by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. He is working with the Hope Trust team in developing counsellor training programs and continually interacts for refining best practices in addiction treatment protocols.


Dr. Nishanth Vemana

Addiction Psychiatrist

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Dr Vemana is a consultant psychiatrist working with Hope. He completed his MD psychiatry from Manipal university in Karnataka and has since worked with several hospitals. He screens, monitors and assists patients throughout their stay at Hope. Dr Vemana is also available in the outpatient wing to treat patients suffering from mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, OCD and other chronic mental illnesses.

*Available for outpatient consultation. For appointments, call 2339 6339 / 2330 6339

Mr. Riju Raj Roy

Clinical Psychologist

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Mr. Roy holds a M.Phil Degree in Clinical Psychology recognised by Rehabilitation Council of India. His practice area includes mood and anxiety disorders, addictions, child and adolescent mental health. Further, he is trained in cognitive behavioural therapies, motivational interviewing and stress management techniques. He also has experience in psychological assessments in relation to personality, aptitudes and diagnosis with more emphasis on projective tests especially Rorschach Ink-blot test and Thematic Apperception Test and other psychometric tools. He is also experienced in conducting corporate training sessions and workshops focusing on soft skills, communication skills, team building and managing organizational role stress.

*Available for outpatient consultation. For appointments, call 2339 6339 / 2330 6339

Medha Gupta

Clinical Psychologist

Ms. Medha Gupta holds a M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), Delhi and M.A. in Psychology from University of Delhi.

She specializes in working with children, adults and elderly with variety of conditions such as:

  • behavioral issues
  • mood disorders
  • anxiety-related disorders
  • psychosomatic conditions

She also deals with neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation in case of trauma or injury to the brain, dementias and pain disorders.

She also has expertise in a variety of psychological assessments such as:

  • Intelligence or IQ assessments for Children and Adults
  • Aptitude Testing
  • Testing for Learning Disabilities
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Personality Profiling
  • Advanced Psychodiagnostics for Psychiatric Conditions

She has special interest in mindfulness-based therapies and practices, meditation, spirituality and positive psychology. She is also a trained hypnotherapist and has years of training and expertise in meditative and healing practices.

*Available for outpatient consultation. For appointments, call 2339 6339 / 2330 6339

Ms. Sandhya

Mindfulness Facilitator Founder-director, Evam India

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Ms Sandhya earned a Master in Divinity from Naropa University in Boulder, Colarado. She has attended extensive teachings with several Buddhist teachers in India and USA and undertaken many retreats.

She received training as a Meditation Instructor, as well as in conflict meditation, domestic and intimate partner violence education, spiritual mentoring, Authentic Leadership™, Ethical Communication™, Motivational Interviewing™, suicide prevention, among others.
She has evolved a focused Mindfulness program for addicts and their families. She also covers special areas of recovery.

*Available for outpatient consultation. For appointments, call 2339 6339 / 2330 6339

Ms. Afshan Jabeen

Academic Consultant, Special Educator and Dyslexia Specialist

Ripples-Center for Enhanced Learning

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Ms Afshan Jabeen is a Professional Counselor, Academic Consultant, Trainer and Dyslexia Specialist. She has been active in the field of education for over a decade. She heads Ripples-Center for Enhanced Learning, a place where she brings new dimensions to learning.

She has spoken on various aspects of education for over a decade in International Conferences, Workshops and Educational Outreach Programmes. She has been successfully running, one of its kinds, dyslexia teacher training programme ‘Knowledge to Knowing’. She is also Pearson’s certified, Master Trainer for Cogmed Coach Training.

She is the founder member of DAAP (Dyslexia Association of Andhra Pradesh) and passionately promotes their cause of ‘equal opportunities for one and all’. She has worked as consultant psychological counselor in Glendale Academy International and Kangaroo Kids Preschool for 5 years and has used Montessori, remedial and counseling skills to help children perform better.

She is associated with Hope Trust in their CME programs and provides inputs for family therapies.

Dr. Kapil Chand Narra


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Dr. Kapil Chand is a Bachelors in Physiotherapy (BPT). He was earlier an Assistant Professor with Apollo Hospital’s Apollo College of Physiotherapy (A.C.P.). He also served as the Consultant Physiotherapist for asthma and cardiovascular diseases for the Apollo Hospital’s Disease Management Program.

With over nine years of experience to his credit, he co-founded Jaya Physiotherapy Clinic in Hyderabad in July 2010.




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