Sreehari R. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist ( Registration No: CRR A09616). He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi. He has been a faculty here since last 8 years. His areas of inter-est are adult mental health - anxiety and stress related disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, marital and family counselling, adolescent adjustment issues, as well as research & teaching.


  • 2002: Post Graduation in Applied Psychology
    Department of Psychology, University of Kerala, Kariavattom,.
  • 2005: MPhil in Clinical Psychology
    Sree Ramachandra Medical College and Re-search Centre, Chennai,
  • Qualified State Eligibility Test (SET) and National Eligibility Test (NET)

Professional Appointments

  • Clinical Psychologist, Aasha Institute of Living, Chennai. Aug’ 2005 – Oct’ 2006.
  • Clinical Psychologist, Sacred Hearts Hospital, Thodupuzha. Nov’ 2006 – Feb’ 2008.
  • As Lecturer and currently Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Kochi.


Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Title


Gitanjali Natarajan and Sreehari R, “Progressive Muscular Relaxation as a Multi-Pronged psychotherapeutic technique for Insomnia”, Amrita Journal of Medicine, vol. 10, pp. Page: 33-35, 2014.[Abstract]

Insomnia is a distressing condition of unsatisfactory quantity and/or quality of sleep with multiple physiological and psychological consequences. We report how progressive muscular relaxation was applied to improve the sleep quality in a 55 year old lady with 8 months history of insomnia and associated depressive symptoms. The speedy relief in this patient makes a case for trying cognitive behavioural measures first to treat insomnia.

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Gitanjali Natarajan and Sreehari R, “Detrimental Impact of Rejection Sensitivity in Marital Relationship”, Psychological Studies, vol. 59, no. 4, pp. 351-356, 2014.[Abstract]

Rejection sensitivity (RS)—the disposition to defensively expect, readily perceive, and intensely react to rejection, could be a potential contributor to the frequent conflicts that disrupt the intimate marital relationship between spouses. High rejection sensitivity (HRS) in one or both the spouses leads to personal distress as well as maladaptive behaviours that strain the marital bond. Repeated misdirected attempts to capture the spouse’s attention, affection and acceptance through behaviours such as questioning, arguing, threatening and crying, end in results contrary to what the high rejection sensitivity spouse actually wanted in the first place. The exasperation, irritation, withdrawal or even real rejection by their spouse confirms the HRS individual’s expectation of rejection. The paper aims to illustrate the role of rejection sensitivity in marital dynamics and explores whether the self-fulfilling prophecy of the rejection sensitive spouses could be reversed through psychotherapy focusing on modifying rejection sensitivity.

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Papers Presented

  • “A study on Emotional Intelligence and Spirituality between Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) and Non-Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (Non-CABG) patients - National Annual Conference of Indian Association of Clinical Psychology, Jaipur.
  • “Cognitive profile of children with Epilepsy: A clinic based study.” - 36th National Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, NIM-HANS.
  • “Psychological Management of Trichotillomania: A Single Case Report” – 38th National Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, Child Guidance Centre, Pune.
  • “Past, current and future trends in the life of an elderly: An Indian Perspective”- 6th Biennial International conference of psychotherapists, Santhula Trust Hospital, Pampuakvu, Koothattukulam.
  • “Vulnerability to Insomnia: Delineating the role of stressful life events and per-ceived stress” – 41st national annual conference of Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar.

‘RESOURCE PERSON’ in the following programme:

  • Awareness Programme on “Alcohol Dependence and its harmful effects” for BSNL employees, BSNL Bhavan, Ernakulam.
  • “Stress Management” for Nedumbassery Security Personnel, Nedumbassery International Airport, Ernakulam.
  • “Managing Stress Effectively” for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) em-ployees, kathrikadavu, Ernakulam.
  • Workshop on “Work Culture, Ethics and Stress Management” conducted by Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), DRDO, Ministry of Defense, Kochi.
  • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Programme (Govt. of India/DHS Aided) on “Building Human Relation skills for Quality care” organized by Amrita Col-lege of Nursing.
  • “Parasparam” live phone in mental health counselling programme, All India Radio, Kochi.
  • State level seminar on “Behavioural problems of students in the emerging so-cial scenario: Assessment and Management” conducted by School of Beha-vioural Sciences, M G University and All kerala Training College Teachers Asso-ciation (AKTCTA), Kottayam.
  • Session on "Tobacco and Health", conducted by Department of Community Medicine, Amrita Hospital in association with ‘Quit Tobacco India’ QTI- Project.
  • One day workshop on “Personality Development” for High School children Ko-chi refineries, Ambalamugal.
  • Talk on “Guidance and Counselling” as a part of quality improvement pro-gramme for technical high school faculty conducted by Regional Directorate of Technical Education, Kothamangalam, at YMCA Camp Centre, Aluva.
  • “Health Talk”on Amrita TV.
  • Lecture on “Counselling skills for Teachers” as a training programme for college teachers conducted by Institute of Management of Government (IMG), Kak-kanad, Ernakulam.
  • Talk on “ Enhancing teachers’ skill in dealing with Behavioural and Emo-tional problems of Adolescents ” as a part of short term training programme on Communication and technical writing organized by the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Government Engineering College, Thrissur.
  • Talk on “Resolving marital conflicts and enhancing marital relations” for Homeo professionals at YMCA, Aluva.
  • Talk on “Effective Counselling skills” as a part of training conducted for school counsellor By State Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT) at Er-nakulam.
  • “Life Skills Training” for Higher Secondary School students of Shobha group CSR, Palaghat.