Profile of Counselor

Karthik Lakshmanan R M is a well qualified Counseling Psychologist and Psycho-Oncologist with 7+ years of experience as a practitioner. He is a visiting counselor to IIT Madras on behalf of Your Dost. He visits the institute every Friday and provides Counselling for its students and employees.  He also serves as an Assistant Professor in the Post Graduate Department of Counselling Psychology, Madras School of Social Work.

He has visited HCL Campuses at Shozhinganallur, Navalur and Greams Road as a Corporate Counselor as part of Life Coach services on behalf of the Banyan and Element H Psychological Support Services.

He is a Specialist in Career Guidance and Smoking Cessation. He has done his M.Phil in Psycho-oncology specializing in Tobacco Cessation from Cancer Institute (WIA), Adyar, Chennai. He got his post graduation in Counselling Psychology from Madras School of Social Work, Egmore, Chennai. He has cleared Tamil Nadu State Eligiblity Test (TNSET) in Psychology.

He has the experience of working as a Student Counselor in Dhanalakshmi College of Engineering and SSVMM School.

He has written Text Books on Counselling Psychology, Psychological Testing and Biological Psychology  for Tamil University, Tanjavur. He has written a self help book on Smoking Cessation in Tamil titled “Pugai Pidippathai Vittuviduvathu Saathiyame!" published by Manimegalai Publishers and his introductory book on Counselling “Ulaviyal Aalosanai – Or Arimugam" is published at

His articles are published in India Today, Ananda Vikatan, The Hindu, Pen Shakthi and In & Out Chennai. He has appeared in many TV Channels such as Puthiya Thalaimurai, Sun News, Jaya TV, Thanthi TV as an expert in Counseling. To view the TV shows, click here. To read his aricle on Magazines, click here.

He was the elected secretary of Chennai Counselors’ Foundation (CCF) in the period of 2013-15. He is the Founder General Secretary of Association of Indian Psychologists ( which is a self regulatory body for Psychologists in India.

He has his private practice – Chennai Counseling Services at Choolaimedu, Chennai. He also offers internships for Psychology and Social Work students.

His services are relationship/family counseling, career guidance, quit smoking therapy, stress/depression/stress counseling, counseling for cancer Patients and their family members and adolescent counseling. He offers Psychological Training Programs on Parenting, Career Guidance, Healthy Life Style, Preparedness for Marriage, Stress Management and Study Skills.