At Parivarthan, we strongly believe in the role of training, theory and research in contributing to the effectiveness of counselling. In fact, there is an increased call in the field of counselling across the world to study variables that will deepen understanding of what makes counselling work. At present, much of what we know about counselling is based on research conducted outside of India. Thus, the research programme at Parivarthan was developed to address this gap and to understand client and counsellor experiences within an Indian context.


Our aim is to continue to ensure clients at Partivarthan receive services that are evidence-based and effective. We also hope for our research to have implications for mental health professionals and clients seeking services outside of our centre. We request participation in research from clients seeking services at Parivarthan. We are strong advocates for conducting ethical research and thus will follow all protocols to receive consent from participants and to ensure confidentiality of participants.


The major goals of the research program at Parivarthan are as follows:

  1. To deepen understanding of counselling process and outcome variables in an Indian context
  2. To examine counsellor and client variables in association with counselling process and outcome
  3. To study elements of the counselling relationship
  4. To understand the process of termination of counselling


If you require more information/clarifications please contact our Research Head at Parivarthan, Dr. Avantika Bhatia at :


The Centre aims at developing a wide knowledge base in the area of counselling and related services that will ultimately benefit both clients and mental health professionals.

The following Study was a part of the Workshop Presentation on Couples Therapy in India - Learnings and Challenges that was presented at the International Conference on Psychology in Mental Health (July 2007) organized by the Department of Mental Health and Social Psychology, at the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences(NIMHANS), Bangalore:


A Research Project entitled, Life Skills in the Community, was conducted on the Module I of our Life Skills Training Programme (Interpersonal Communication and Listening Skills) that Parivarthan offers to adults who have not been taught the ten basic life skills as identified by the World Health Organisation (1977) as the "core set of skills" needed for the overall well being of every child and adolescent.

The data collected through this Project validated our premise that through this training programme, life skills can be taught to adults and when learnt, promotes self  growth and improved interpersonal relationships in the family and in the workplace.

Indian Cross-Cultural Counselling - Implications of practicing counselling in urban Karnataka with Western counselling methods

This study presents how Indian counsellors in urban India work with Western counselling methods with Indian clients. The study is categorised as part of the cross-cultural counselling research field where a major assumption is that counselling methods are part universal, part contextual. This study explores how counsellors in Parivarthan, Bangalore culturally adapt Western methods.

The counsellors use Western counselling methods only but adapt their approach and language with indigenous elements and emphasise the individuality of each client. They use a person-centred and an integrative approach, in which they are informed by several Western counselling methods, but do not use them dogmatically.

The individuals’ needs and the relationship between counsellor and client is emphasised. Parivarthan Counselling, Training and Research Centre is part of a complex organisational field with influences from India, the East as well as from the West.

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Parivarthan Counselling, Training and Research Centre
1st Floor, #3310, 8th Cross,
13th Main, HAL 2nd Stage,
Bangalore 560 008.
Tel: 91 80 25273462 / 25298686