What is Saarathi.org?
Saarathi.org is a social enterprise which aims to develop the values of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard among the masses who then support people who are going through mental and emotional pain for various reasons.
How does Saarathi achieve this?
Firstly Saarathi.org identifies people who value empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard. These are people who find fulfilment in helping others. After this, Saarathi.org trains these individuals to become skilled in helping others- in other words, to become “Saarathies”. Further to that, it uses technology to enable these people to reach out and support those who need help.
What are the other activities of Saarathi.org?
Saarathi also constantly monitors these professionals as they help people and offers them supervision, coaching and continuous training where necessary. It also offers workshops and courses so all people can try and become the best version of themselves.
Why was Saarathi started?
Saarathi was started by Sajan Raghavan as a result of a range of personal experiences that led him to recognize that problems were universal – everyone seemed to suffer from some problem or the other. However finding a thoughtful, sensitive and caring and humans who would listen, hold our interest in the forefront of their mind, and help, was rare. And this was true even within families and among loved ones. As a result, many people carried on the burden of unresolved problems, doubts and fears in their minds which often led to other complications.
What are some of the problems that Saarathies help resolve?
People approach Saarathi for pretty much any problem that may be troubling them, these may be problems related to their children, partner, relationships, family, colleagues or work or those related to addiction, childhood, performance, abuse, trauma, fears, obsessions, imaginations or any other thing that is bothering them.
Basically, Saarathi’s hopes to be an instrument of peace in the world by helping everyone live a harmonious life.
On the one hand concerns of stigma, confidentiality, costs, time and availability keep people from being able to reach out Counselling professionals. On the other, even when people do manage to reach out to such professionals, often they report a “not so satisfactory” experience. This is usually because of two reasons: 1. The counselor-client relationship is critical to the success of a counselling engagement. However, sometimes this relationship doesn’t “click” for various reasons. And 2. Traditionally counsellors, like most other professionals, have been seen to take up the job, primarily driven by the need to earn a livelihood. However, this driver is not usually sufficient to invoke the deep empathy, zeal and patience necessary to explore, analyse and discover peoples underlying problems before coming up with strategies for facilitating positive change.
The result has been a compromise in the quality of life for suffering individuals at one end of the spectra to a full-blown “crisis of the mind” at the other. It is not surprising therefore that studies reveal that one in four individuals are suffering from some mental/emotional illness.
Saarathi attempts to resolve the critical challenges people have in accessing quality counsellors by recognising that the capacity for deep empathy essential to the profession of counselling is usually seen only in people who have faced these challenges at a very personal level (either themselves or a loved one) and recruiting such individuals. Following this, these individuals are trained for skills. Multiple counsellors to choose from gives clients the freedom to select counsellors with whom they “click”. And technology makes the service available anytime, anywhere, at a low cost and above all by offering clients the option to maintain their anonymity. So, stigma is gone entirely.
The result is clients are more likely to find a sincere, caring, and competent counselling professional devoted to helping them resolve their emotional and mental health issue thereby helping them live a fulfilling, happy and peaceful life.
Background and Experience: Sajan’s interest to contribute to the field of mental health emerges from a range of close and personal experiences that led him to recognize the immense need for highly devoted and compassionate helping professionals as well the need to provide easy access them.
Sajan has about three decades of experience in designing, delivering and quality controlling end-customer focused competency development projects. His expertise is also in guiding Training Managers to define, operate and optimize their training strategies by leveraging best practices such as the 70:20:10, gamification, and “digital transformation.” His clients are from the defense, telecom, financial services, utilities, consumer staples, healthcare, aviation, and energy sectors.
He has an MBA in Human Resources Management and is trained and certified in Marshall Goldsmith Stake Holder Centered Coaching, Advanced Counseling Skills, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the Beck Institute. He is also a member of Achology, the Academy of Modern Applied Psychology.
Saarathi’s purpose is to serve the spirit of love compassion through being a kind and guiding light for people in deep mental anguish
“Four givens are particularly relevant for psychotherapy: the inevitability of death for each of us and for those we love; the freedom to make our lives as we will; our ultimate aloneness; and, finally, the absence of any obvious meaning or sense to life.” -Irvin Yalom
Who We Are
We are a team of professionals from diverse backgrounds of IT, Coaching, Therapy and Training all connected with a common empathy for people suffering with mental health issues. From our own experiences or from that of loved ones or both, we observed that millions of resident and nonresident Indians suffer without access to professional help. Thanks to our diverse backgrounds, we have a good understanding of how digital alternatives are replacing physical services in the world of work, thereby saving time and enhancing efficiency. So, we decided to create an online therapy platform to connect certified psychologists and people suffering from mental health issues such as depression, stress and anxiety, among dozens of other clinically defined disorders. Thus, Saarathi was born.
What We Do
We leverage technology and expertise in order to make available to anyone struggling with mental and emotional issues, high quality, cost effective online therapeutic counseling services and a range of other tools that that can be accessed from anywhere, anytime. Saarathi also aims to create a team of highly talented helping professionals by identifying individuals based on values and training them for skills. And finally, Saarathi also aims to be a place of work for people primarily seeking meaning through work. Although the service is aimed at resident Indians and well as Indians living abroad, however non-Indians too can avail of Saarathis services since all of the professionals speak English and many have had international exposure.