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Don't we all sometimes wish, "If only I could talk to someone, it would lift a very heavy load off my chest"?

But the question is, are there people who would listen, and listen patiently?

Some people find relief by sharing their stress with family and friends. Others may suffer from a known psychological disorder and need professional help.

However, there's a vast gray area in between where these options don't work or aren't even necessary.

At times, even those who are paid to listen don't do the job adequately. It's no wonder that people can be disappointed with their consultant, whether it's for legal, accounting or medical services. As a psychiatrist, I find this to be particularly true in the field of mental health.

—Dr. Hasmukh (Hans) Parekh

Unburden your mind. Share your concerns with us.

Are you a good listener with a sense of empathy for others? Contact us and become a PatientListener.™

We have outlined below some of the circumstances in which talking and having someone listen patiently can help to clarify matters.* This can lead to better ways of resolving day to day problems.

  1. Frustrations about mental health services
  2. General information and questions on psychiatry and mental health, including suggestions on how to become an informed patient or relative or how to be more supportive of the patient
  3. Frustrations about other medical services and overall medical care
  4. Job or workplace stress, unrelated to any specific psychiatric disorder
  5. People with a need to talk about specific issues or problems
  6. Executives, physicians, consultants, and professionals, including HR professionals, with a need to share their problems
  7. Parents concerned about their child's education
  8. College students who need extra help or support
  9. Stress related to dating and relationships
  10. Lawyers who need additional, non-legal help for their clients
  11. Agents who would like support or help for improving their client's performance (sports, the arts, etc.)
  12. New immigrants' problems
  13. Unemployment stress

More focused programs will naturally evolve out of this process, somewhat along the following lines:

  • Stress management: individualized relaxation techniques
  • A way for each child or toddler to interact with his or her peers through "toy parties"
  • Support group for relatives of patients


We do not provide the following services: medical or psychiatric diagnosis or treatment; psychological testing; crisis management; marriage counseling; career counseling.

All communication, written or verbal, will be kept strictly confidential.


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