Dr. Radhika Goyal - I Struggled To Find Qualified Mental Health Practitioners, Especially Offering Online Services (Health Psychologist & Psychotherapist)

This is something that I pride myself on. Over my years of experience, I have learned to create a strict personal and professional life. Having a physical boundary is the first step. Separate workstation (if you’re working at home), a different room where you do your research/ take your sessions/ attend meetings, etc.

1. Can you tell about your background and share your journey?

I am a Health Psychologist, Psychotherapist, researcher, and Clinical Hypnotherapist from Delhi with an overall experience of 5 years. I am working as a Psychologist. I completed my Ph.D. from Maryland State University and post-graduation in Health Psychology from Northumbria University, U.K. I earned my diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy from the California Hypnosis Institute. I am also a member of the Indian Academy of Health Psychology's Task Force, which caters to the psychological well-being of people across the nation. I was associated with Harvard University as a research assistant. I have worked with both Indian and international patients. I have a private practice by the name of Healthy Nudge. I am also available on multiple online platforms in India, Singapore, the USA, and the UAE.


2. What was the motivation behind creating Healthy Nudge?

I wanted to make a one-stop platform for all mental health solutions. I struggled to find qualified mental health practitioners, especially offering online services. Upon my research, I figured that I was not the only one facing this problem. So, I gathered a team of Psychologists and created a platform.


3. As a psychologist, your work might be emotionally demanding. How do you prevent burnout and prioritize your own mental well-being?

This is something that I pride myself on. Over my years of experience, I have learned to create a strict personal and professional life. Having a physical boundary is the first step. Separate workstation (if you’re working at home), a different room where you do your research/ take your sessions/ attend meetings, etc. After each session, I usually do some deep breathing exercises to clear my mind. This also helps me prepare for the next session/meeting. When I am out of that room/away from the desk, I am a different version- maybe not so uptight, but also a bit more vulnerable. As a trained mental health practitioner, I have been taught during my academic years about how to prevent burnout and take care of my own mental health and well-being.


4. Could you share a few actionable tips for budding psychologists to establish themselves and build a successful practice in this area?

Connect with different mental health organizations and currently practicing psychologists. Networking is a big part of actually getting into the field. Make sure you attend different events based on mental health concerns. Keep up with the latest research. Also, if you plan to start your private practice, immediately get on social media. Start creating your presence as a mental health practitioner.


5. What self-care practices do you recommend for individuals seeking to improve their mental health?

Involve yourself in each of the following aspects positively every day - Emotional health, Physical health, Meaningful social interactions, Environmental/cultural exposure, and Recreational engagement. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but just 5 minutes of healthy involvement will do wonders for not just your mental health but will help you holistically.


6. What is a book you love and would recommend our readers to give it a try?

Learning to imagine - Andrew Shtulmann

The man who mistook his wife for a hat - Oliver Sacks

Rework - David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried

Atomic Habits: James Clear

Nudge: Richard H Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

And listening to Dr. Huberman's podcasts.


Interviewed By- Shreya 

Edited By- Pragya Lamba