Founder & Director

Minu Budhia is the Director and Founder, of Caring Minds, ICanFlyy and Cafe ICanFlyy, a Cognitive Behavior Therapist (London). Completed Child Brain Development course from Philadelphia. Director of Addlife – Gym & Spa. Was a student counsellor and therapist at St. Xavier’s College, J.D. Birla Business College and Belle Vue Clinic, Kolkata.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Indian Psychiatric Society
  • Executive Committee member of Vidya Mandir Society, Kolkata

AWARDS

  • Kasturi Mrignabhini From Marudhara 2019
  • Times Power Women in the category of Psychotherapy & Counselling- 2018
  • Award For Excellence (Cafe with a Cause) , The Telegraph Food Guide Award 2018
  • Bharat Nirman Award 2014
  • CMA Award for Public Service 2015

 

When asked by TOI what led to her venture into Caring Minds, Minu Budhia replied:

“It was in the late 1990s when my daughter was going to pre-school that I began receiving a lot of complaints. Since she never sat still, the teacher labeled her ‘naughty’. A mother’s instinct told me something was wrong. But there were no proper facilities available in Kolkata then. Awareness on such issues was very low. It was eight long years before I realized the need to accept her as a special child. Till then, not only had I put her through a lot of therapies that I now realize I shouldn’t have done, I was also getting treatment for depression. Yet, even the subject of depression was such a taboo that no one wanted to talk about it. As a counsellor at Belle Vue, I was constantly referring patients to other centres for treatments like remedial education and speech therapy. Soon I realized the need for a single centre where one could avail of all therapies under a single roof. That is how Caring Minds happened.”

Read the whole interview: A dream fulfilled for a special daughter, TOI, Mar 9, 2014