What We Are
About CCS Academy
CCS Academy is a unit of Chennai Counseling Services (CCS). CCS was started in 2010 by Mr. Karthik Lakshmanan, one of the Chennai’s eminent Counselling Psychologists. It is registered under Ministry of MSME, Government of India. The registration number is TN02D0050529.
CCS Academy has been offering courses since 2016. Initially it started with 25 hrs Observership/Internship programmes and One Day Workshops. In 2018 August, it started providing Diploma, Certification and PG Diploma Courses on Counselling. Till date, 23 Observership/Internship Batches, 17 Diploma batches, 3 Career Guidance Certification batches and 1 PG Diploma batch are over. Around 500 students have completed courses in the Academy. You can read the reviews of the courses given by the students in Google Page here: https://goo.gl/maps/MKRdihAnEkD6fTaw8
In 2020, it has ventured into this online course. Please visit Chennai Counseling Services’ website for more details: https://counselingchennai.com/
Profile of Facilitator/Counselor
Karthik Lakshmanan is a well qualified Counseling Psychologist and Psycho-Oncologist with 10 years of experience as a practitioner. He is a working as counselor for IIT-Madras on behalf of Your Dost. He visits IIT Madras every Friday and provides individual counselling for its students and employees. He is an affiliate counselor to Workplace Options – an Employee Assistance Provider to Corporates. He is also a guest faculty to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Staff College, Chennai.
He has served as a Counselor at IIT Tirpati for 6 months and as an Assistant Professor in the Post Graduate Department of Counselling Psychology at Madras School of Social Work (MSSW) for 1.5 years. He has visited HCL Campuses at Shozhinganallur, Navalur and Greams Road as a Corporate Counselor as part of Life Coach services on behalf of the Banyan and Element H Psychological Support Services.
He is a Specialist in Career Guidance and Smoking Cessation. He has done his M.Phil in Psycho-oncology specializing in Tobacco Cessation from Cancer Institute (WIA), Adyar, Chennai. He got his post graduation in Counselling Psychology from Madras School of Social Work, Egmore, Chennai. He has cleared Tamil Nadu State Eligibility Test (TNSET) in Psychology.
He has the experience of working as a Student Counselor in Dhanalakshmi College of Engineering and SSVMM School.
He has written Text Books on Counselling Psychology, Psychological Testing and Biological Psychology for Tamil University, Tanjavur. He has written a self help book on Smoking Cessation in Tamil titled “Pugai Pidippathai Vittuviduvathu Saathiyame!" published by Manimegalai Publishers and his introductory book on Counselling in Tamil “Ulaviyal Aalosanai – Or Arimugam" (உளவியல் ஆலோசனை – ஓர் அறிமுகம்) is published at Amazon.in as a Kindle Version. To view the book, click here
His articles are published in India Today, Ananda Vikatan, The Hindu, Pen Shakthi and In & Out Chennai. He has appeared in many TV Channels such as Puthiya Thalaimurai, Sun News, Jaya TV, Thanthi TV as an expert in Counseling. To view the TV shows, click here. To read his article on Magazines, click here. He has done a 10 episode of Smoking Cessation Video series for Psychology in Tamil Youtube Channel. Click here to access it.
He was the elected secretary of Chennai Counselors’ Foundation (CCF) in the period of 2013-15. He is the Founder General Secretary of Association of Indian Psychologists (www.aiponline.in) which is a self regulatory body for Psychologists in India.
He has his private practice – Chennai Counseling Services at Chetpet, Chennai. He also offers Diploma Courses and Internships for Psychology and Social Work students under CCS Academy. He has trained more than 400 counseling professionals.
His services are relationship/marital/family counseling, career guidance, quit smoking therapy, stress/depression/anxiety counseling and adolescent counseling. He offers Psychological Training Programs on Parenting, Career Guidance, Healthy Life Style, Preparedness for Marriage, Stress Management and Study Skills.