About The Team

Dr. Amit Sen
Senior Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
MD, MRCPsych, CCST in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

As a child, Dr. Sen started by wanting to become a bus driver, changed to a doctor at an epiphanous moment, was driven to become a footballer through adolescent years, dreamt of being a rock star during medical college days till he realized that he had no talent for it, and finally reconciled to become a doctor after all. After finishing medicine from AFMC Pune, he went to NIMHANS Bangalore for an MD in Psychiatry and had a blast for the next 3 years. A longish stint in Newcastle UK made him serious about life and proud of his country. Besides growing his family, he managed to get another 2 qualifications, one of them being in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr Sen has been practicing child psychiatry for 15 years. He proudly  believes that he has ADHD. Working with children, the football and rock music, dreams and aspirations, have all come together for him. Through the myriads of magical and fulfilling experiences, Dr Sen feels that he has developed empathy over the years and can connect to children and their families. In doing so, he hopes to make a difference, however little, in their lives.

Dr. Shelja Sen
Child & Adolescent Psychologist & Family Therapist
MPhil & DclinPsych

Shelja is a child & adolescent psychologist, family therapist and mother of two vibrant children. Loves children, mountains, sun, beaches, trees, wild life, music, movies, dancing, books and writing. Shelja aligns herself with practices that are competency based, create richer narratives and respect human dignity. She is passionate about education and collaborating with schools to build emotionally safe zones for children and centers for creative learning.

Dr. Kavita Arora
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
MBBS, MD(Psy) , CCST (Psy, UK)
Kavita loves to connect with children and young people. She loves the ‘web’, reading, movies, travelling , photography and a good joke :) She is of the firm belief that youngsters today are far smarter and quicker to learn and evolve than previous generations! She attempts to create spaces where understanding, respect and open communication about different ways of being can be attempted. One of her primary areas of focus is to raise awareness about the hidden problems of the young in India today.



Prachi Agarwal
Consultant Educational Psychologist & Coordinator,
Schools That Care

Prachi is a psychologist with training in Psychology and Education. She loves children and feels passionately about individual and group work with adolescents and young people. With a keen interest in prevention work, she feels very strongly about creating ‘communities of shared concern’ with schools. She often finds herself lost in reading and sometimes wishes she never had to leave it. But when she does, she flits from one activity to another, constantly looking for something to create.

Ankita Khanna
Consultant Counselling Psychologist &
Coordinator, Training

Ankita is a counselling psychologist whose most-loved interests include children, books, writing, travel and dogs. She loves to engage with the magical, and often misunderstood, narratives of children and adolescents, and aspires to create ‘safe spaces’ for their voices to be heard. Her work currently involves individual and group work with young people and their families, cognitive assessments, and training for schools, professionals and communities.  She is also a practitioner-in-training for arts-based therapy.

Manish Samnani
Consultant Occupational Therapist

Manish is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist trained in Sensory Integration from the University of Southern California, USA. He likes working with children and families, helping them find hands-on solutions and strategies for their day to day concerns. He has also been associated with training professionals, teaching & research at Delhi University, Hamdard & Indraprastha University. He loves playing with children, socializing, and drinking coke!

Lavina Nanda
Developmental Psychologist

Lavina feels blessed that she can make some of her loved interests like toys, stories, music, art, jumping and laughing, a part of her work. While she feels development and healing is a life long process, she also believes in the magic of ‘early intervention’. Through her work, she hopes to create safe zones for children, young people and parents to explore their strengths and work on their difficulties. She enjoys travelling and has an appetite to experiment with everything edible!

Soumini Menon
Developmental Psychologist
Soumini is  a Psychologist at Children First. A self-confessed shopaholic, she is a trained dancer and has acted in various stage plays. On the professional front, she has done her graduation from Delhi University, India; and post graduation from Essex University, UK.  Over the years, Soumini has been ardently working and researching  in the area of developmental disorders. At Children first, she is involved in the early intervention program for children with ASD and  developmental disorders.


Jonaki Arora
Psychologist & Continuing Care Manager

Jonaki loves working with children and enjoys their company more than adults! Through her work as a psychologist she hopes to connect with children, and help them find a safe space to share their difficulties and explore their strengths. She has done her Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology from Monash University, Australia. Jonaki loves to laugh, read, travel, eat and play.

Hemanti Mangal
Developmental Psychologist
Hemanti has done her Masters in Psychology and an Advanced Diploma in Child Guidance and Counselling from NIPCCD. She has had extensive experience in working abandoned and orphan children. Her passion and zest lies in working with children of all age groups. She is a cheerful, hardworking and committed professional who believes in making each day beautiful and spreading positivity all around. At Children First she is involved with the Developmental Centre.


Malika Suri
Developmental Psychologist

Malika started out by wanting to become a vet, and then a dermatologist! She ended up taking Psychobiology as her major in college. While there, she did a stint at Boston Children’s Hospital and that’s where she knew that working with children is what she wanted to do. She went on to do a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from King’s and later working with special needs and schools, besides keeping up with her other lifelong passion, baking. Malika hopes her future has a space for all her passions- children, cupcakes, and animals!

Niti Gupta
Occupational Therapist

Niti firmly believes in striving to improve the quality of life, adding life to years. Motivated by her keen interest in kids, Niti trained in Sensory Integration from the University of Southern California, USA and did a course in learning difficulties from Roehampton University, London. She finds working with children a self-reinforcing and rejuvenating task. She loves to travel, think, listen, explore, play and learn.

Pooja Singh
Occupational Therapist

Pooja has completed her post graduation  in Paediatric Occupational Therapy from Manipal University. She has great interest in working with children with cerebral palsy and other neuromotor disorders. As an occupational therapist she has worked with children and adults of all ages and firmly believes in functional independence. She holds specialised clinical experience in the field of splinting. She enjoys music and dancing, loves watching cricket and reading books.

Indu Negi
Occupational Therapist

Indu is a young and energetic professional who is a strong believer in team
work. She loves to travel and explore new places and is fond of singing and dancing. She is passionate about her work and feels that serving a child is a very rewarding and
challenging task, as the scope of exposure and learning that can be
offered to a child at early stages is much wider. She feels blessed to be
able to contribute towards making a difference in their lives.

Kamla Singh
Occupational Therapist

Kamla completed her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Indraprastha University, New Delhi. She is passionate about her work and loves to work with kids and see the smiles on their faces. She is a fun loving girl, who loves music, dance and traveling. She believes in developing individual treatment programs to build confidence and functional independence.

Rajiv Mishra
Consultant Speech & Language Therapist

Rajiv specialises in Autism Spectrum Disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, stuttering, cleft palate, hearing impairment and voice disorders. He has been associated with the field for the last 21 years in diverse settings and in various capacities, as therapist, trainer, and as a member of multidisciplinary teams, in schools, hospitals and as part of rehabilitative camps & services. He loves to travel, meet people and read books. 

Sujata Chatterjee
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Sujata Chatterjee completed her M.Phil. at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in 2008. She does therapeutic work with children and adolescents of all ages, and with families. She has a keen interest in school mental health and clinical anxiety.

Sujata loves mountains, snow, birds, dogs, Harry Potter and other magical worlds and people. And dancing.

Sonal Sood
Consultant Psychotherapist & Family Therapist

Sonal is a Couples & Family Therapist trained in the UK. She believes in providing a safe place to look at communication styles and relational dynamics. She works with couples, eating disorders, family conflict, divorce and mediation. She believes in working with the family’s strengths to create changes. She also loves to travel, watch movies, read and spend her time outdoors in the winter sun.


Khushnud Dhanbhoora
Consultant Counselling Psychologist

Khushnud is a counselling psychologist trained in the U.S. She has experience of over 10 years in counselling people from diverse sociocultural backgrounds. In her work, she follows a humanistic and systemic paradigm. She is a facilitator to clients in their process of understanding and seeking solutions to problems.  In her play time, she enjoys eating, cooking, reading, knitting, and drumming. 

Ritu Shree
Psychologist, Expressive Art Therapist

Ritu is an explorer, tree lover, dancer, scrap artist, storyteller, yogi, and a student for life. She finds herself most embodied when she is playing, creating, imagining, and simply improvising with children. She pursued her Masters in Clinical Psychology from University of Delhi and then went on to do Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Antioch University, New England, USA. She believes in simple yet creative ways to bring about positive emotional, social, and cognitive changes in children and their families.

Rashmi Dhawan
Consultant Special Educator

Rashmi has been working as a Special Educator for the last 15 years. Her work involves needs-based assessments for children with diverse backgrounds, devising appropriate educational plans, and implementing them through individualised or group teaching. She also works closely with parents and has been involved with training students and aspiring professionals on inclusion. Rashmi also enjoys cooking and music.

S.P. Bisht
Manager- Administration

Mr.Bisht has had extensive experience in various management & administrative roles in reputed institutions. At Children First, he handles all aspects of administration, with much dedication & efficiency.

Front Desk & Appointments
With a rich & varied educational and professional background, with stints in fields like web design, travel & tourism, and shipping, Shalu handles the front office and administration at Children First. She loves  books and cooking.


Ashok Kumar
Front Desk & Appointments
Our very own man-Friday, Ashok manages pretty much all the nuts and bolts of the Children First daily machinery. Apart from running daily errands, he does pretty much everything, right from managing phone calls, to sorting out appointments and filing. In his own words, he says  “mein doctori ke alaava sab kuch kar sakta hoon!”