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Our Purpose

Sanity should not be a luxury.
It is a necessity.

Mental health in India

26% people in India indicated a fear of those who live with MH conditions/illnesses (World Economic Forum, 2018)

7% Indians suffer from some mental disorder and predicts that number expected to rise to 20 per cent. (WHO, 2020)

80%  of those suffering from mental disorders did not receive treatment for over a year as per The National Mental Health Survey (NMHS), 2015-16 

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Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion."

—bell hooks

Qureist is a new way of finding healing and wellness at the intersection of holistic care and evidence-based science. We are a collection of psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists, mental wellness professionals, doctors, community organisers and social workers who have come together to create a social experiment in cure through care.

Qureist wants to help reimagine how we deal with our collective wellbeing. We want to stop the unnecessary differentiation between mental and physical wellbeing by providing integrated solutions that use an in-depth approach to experiencing and managing our sense of self, sanity and stability. If you are dealing with anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome at the same time, is it possible they are linked? We enable our clients to understand the connections between mental and physical wellness in order to facilitate a more customised recovery, treatment and healing path. 

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Our Approach & Offerings

We help you find what you need to help yourself



Therapeutics & Counselling Services

We provide mental wellness counselling and therapy for individuals, groups and organisations through trained mental health practitioners and social work specialists.

Ours is  an existential and humanistic orientation that uses an integrated, multi-modal approach for coaching, counselling and therapy.


Content, Resources & Research 

We design and publish mental wellness content, create psychoeducation outreach, engage in training workshops and provide bespoke solutions for organisational development, skill building as well as employee wellbeing.



We facilitate and curate group therapy, peer support workshops and community wellness spaces both offline and online as part of our pledge towards a community-oriented model for mental wellness. We are also testing a health aggregator where you can find a whetted and verified list of wellness practitioners - psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists and counsellors.


Founder & Chief Psychologist

Scherezade is an award-winning psychologist, therapist, writer and community catalyst with 20 years of work experience. She is affiliated with Indian Counselling Association (ICA) and World Mental Health Care Association (Fellow Mentor). She has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and is trained in RECBT. Her therapeutic practice is rooted in existential psychology, psychodynamic approaches and humanistic methods. She is averse to pathologising mental health and prefers to look at experiences without limiting them to being a sum of our parts. She is also a well-published writer who has written for The Quint, HuffPost, Vice, London Magazine, Berfrois, Kohl Press among others. Her work has been translated into French, Arabic, Mandarin among other languages. She created and facilitated "Poetry as a Therapy Aid" for The London School, UK. She has conducted workshops, guided rituals, arts immersion experiences in the US, UK, Hong Kong and across India. Her latest book "That Beautiful Elsewhere: Journeys in Mental Health" (Harper Collins) is available here.

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