Lavanya Seshasayee

Lavanya Seshasayee

Director, The Indian Women's Recovery Movement,

Currently employed at The Indian Women's Recovery Movement


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    Dr.Lavanya Seshasayee -The Mental Health Activist, Self Advocate, Women's Activist, Creative writer cum exceptionally revolutionary and Creative Thinker on women's rights ,with a specialization in Gender and Mental Health Issues. I have been involved in the Indian recovery movement for women who are psychosocially challenged and have an intense interest in capturing their narratives through creative fiction. i got recently wedded and have a very supportive hubby who totally respects my freedom and rights as a woman. So far he has been the man behind my success. I have a lovely mother too who possesses a very special sensitivity to my work and relentlessly supports me in my ambition to work for the women with psychosocial challenges. I am a worker in Christ at a very personal level although i don't believe in conversion that only serves the purpose of propagating dogma that serves to protect the end and interests of a select few who deem themselves to be very privileged. I also have a very special admiration for Mother Teresa and her work still being done by the missionaries of charity all around the world. i am an ardent supporter of the feminist cause - let me be very clear about that. i believe in reaching out to meet the needs of the disabled and psychosocially challenged women all around the world. i possess incredible guts and have a will to change realities that represent a socially accepted powered status quo- o yes, i do derive a lot of satisfaction in challenging and dismantling power hierarchies such as those between the rich and the poor, men and women, the psychosocially challenged and so-called 'sane' world of mental health specialists. My aim in life-to bring about the death of male chauvinism and to spare no effort towards dismantling patriarchy with it's morbid colonial-like manifestations- especially the way women are sexually controlled for the sheer pleasure that most men derive out of this dirty exercise. Sounds shocking? Well you better be shocked -a shock treatment to the societal framework would be the best means to procure rights and privileges for the millions of underprivileged masses of women. And I don't hesitate to discuss these brazen realities with a shocking frankness that most other women would not dare to possess or articulate with conviction owing to their pathetic socialization that robs them of capacity to think originally and question what is not fair. This is Lavanya for you!!! - the eternal revolutionary shocker who seeks to deconstruct societal taboos that have been instituted to privilege a select few in the first place.i am a great strategizer who can help other women maker an unfair system respond to their rights and needs through my specialized counseling which teaches them strategies to deal with the cultural imperialist.I also teach them how to secure their bargaining power that will help in gaining their rights, in short i am a woman WHO DARES TO BE DIFFERENT AND HAS THE GUTS TO DO SO!!! Is hatred the way to achieve our ends? No we stand for our rights with other people some of whom are men too- who have dreamed of an alternate existential reality for women as much as for the men in these women's lives as also others. These women and the men who support them shall be the vehicles for transmission of equality and social justice -this then is what i stand for in life. I am just about to start an organization called the 'Recovery Movement for Indian Women' although people from all over the world shall be welcome to contribute their ideas to this movement that seeks to improve and change realities for women who are psychosocially challenged. The way they choose to deal with these psychosocial challenges in the context of societal reformation and personal reformation, will change their destiny and this is what i will teach them to do via a very unique mental health user-perspective-based-support system . i believe anybody with a disability can do things that they wish to via this unique support system. SO take care, thank you and have a wonderful day! -DrLavanya.


Director, The Indian Women's Recovery Movement

At The Indian Women's Recovery Movement

From 2010 to Present
I have started an organization of my own that is going to help the psycho-socially challenged women - especially those in India- overcome their tough situation through motivational talks as also solid research along feminist lines that more often than not makes a connection between the lived...
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The Mother Teresa Women'S University, Kodaikanal

Women's Mental Health, The Mother Teresa Women'S University

From 2004 to 2009
Women's Studies - The topic of my PhD thesis was "Advocacy for a new model of mental health intervention titled 'Rehabilitative Feminist Self therapy' for Mentally Distressed Indian Women"


  • Research
  • Social worker
  • Writer

Centres d'intérêt

  • Creative writing
  • creative cooking
  • debating
  • experimenting on new ideas
  • interior decoration and gardening- someday i hope to have a bottle garden
  • lobbying
  • networking with like minded women and men
  • short story writing
  • swimming
  • table tennis
  • travelling