Our Editorial Process

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At Wysa, we realise the importance of having reliable, accurate, accessible and relevant information on mental health at your fingertips and we’re committed to providing you with such content. We use a rigorous editorial process to ensure that we offer comprehensive information to our readers in a clear and helpful manner. Wysa’s editorial process is an extension of its wider mission to improve and redefine accessibility to clinically-validated mental healthcare across the world.

Our global team of editors and qualified mental health professionals rigorously review every article before publication to ensure that it is factual, up-to-date, backed by research and free of bias. We strive to maintain the highest editorial standards. To ensure this, we aim to cite reliable sources when researching our articles, including government organisations, peer-reviewed journals, and academic and medical institutions. Sources are listed online in each article. Articles also undergo multiple stages of writing, editing and reviewing. Existing articles are also periodically reviewed and updated to ensure they reflect the latest evidence-based research and information.

Editorial team

Wysa is committed to diversity and inclusion when it comes to improving access to mental health all over the world. To ensure this, we work with a team of writers, editors and qualified mental health professionals from diverse backgrounds and different parts of the world who bring their unique perspectives to our editorial content. Our writers are subject matter experts, many of whom also have real-world experience as practising mental health professionals. We use an in-house editorial style guide which is based on APA style guidelines to ensure consistency.

Clinical review board

Our review board includes licensed psychologists and psychiatrists from India and the UK who vet all content containing medical information about mental health conditions, symptoms, treatment etc. They carefully review such content for factual accuracy and ensure that it reflects the latest evidence-based research and information.

The Wysa voice

Our editorial voice is empathetic, friendly, warm, encouraging and approachable. We aim to be conversational and approachable, giving suggestions and encouragement instead of instructions. We strive to break down complex information in a lucid and jargon-free manner to help our users and readers understand themselves better and make better decisions. We also use language that is inclusive, compassionate and free of bias, prejudice and stereotypes.

Feedback and sharing

We encourage readers to share links to our content on blogs and social media. Please take care to respect our copyright. If you are looking for a contributed editorial article or guest blog for your site, please get in touch at [email protected].

Our editorial team

Sonam Joshi, Editorial Director, Wysa

Sonam Joshi is a writer, editor and journalist with over 12 years of experience. She is a published author and specialises in content strategy, research and storytelling. Before joining Wysa as Editorial Director in September 2022, she worked with reputed media organisations such as Huffington Post, Mashable and The Times of India. She holds an M.Phil. from Jawaharlal Nehru University and a bachelor’s degree from Delhi University, India. She has done podcasts and written extensively on mental health, as well as on gender, social issues, technology, social media and culture.

Sarah Baldry, VP Marketing, Wysa

Sarah is Wysa’s VP Marketing, overseeing a global team of passionate marketers battling to overcome global stigma in mental health and encouraging employers, insurers and healthcare providers to adopt digital solutions that can bring mental health care to everyone. Sarah implements strategies to increase awareness and uptake of mental health support around the world and encourages engagement to sustain usage as a preventive self-care measure. Consumers have countless well-being app options, so it falls to Sarah and her team to communicate the risks and benefits in choosing a safe and effective mental health app. 

Our clinical editorial review board

Smriti Joshi, M.A., M.Phil.

Smriti Joshi is the Chief Psychologist at Wysa. Smriti is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been offering her services in the mental health space in India for the past 21 years. She has published papers and book chapters to share her knowledge and experiences of working in this field. She has contributed to setting up tele-counselling guidelines for the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists and has been providing training to psychologists practising in India to offer legally and ethically safe mental health services via tele-modalities. Smriti is a part of the National Mental Health Council (NMHC) for WICCI and has conducted/participated in mental health-related events organised by WICCI NMHC. She is leading the Ethics and Science in Mental health Tech Conversations on the Therapists in Tech platform supporting 1000+ mental health professionals. Some of her media appearances include a TEDx talk on Let’s Talk; But is anyone even Listening? and Spotlight On Mental Health: Wysa’s Smriti Joshi Talks About The Business Model | CNBC-TV18 

 

Dr. Nicky Main, DClinPsych, MSc, PGDip

Dr. Nicky Main is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Practitioner Psychologist. She qualified in 2003 from the Institute of Psychiatry in London, and on qualifying spent 18 years working within NHS adult mental health services, most recently as Head of Barnet and Enfield Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services. Nicky moved to Wysa in January 2022 as their UK and Europe Adult Clinical Lead. As well as completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Nicky also has a master’s in Research Methods and Statistics, and a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) from Oxford University. She is a member of the British Psychological Society, and an accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Alongside working for Wysa, Nicky has a private practice where she specialises in treating adults with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. She also provides CBT-based coaching for Ph.D. students at University College London.

 

Dr. Lila Varsani, DPsych, PGDip

Dr. Lila Varsani is a Consultant Counselling Psychologist and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Practitioner Psychologist. She qualified in 2005 from City University London, and on qualifying spent 17 years working within NHS adult mental health services, most recently as Head of Barnet and Enfield Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services. Lila moved to Wysa in May 2022 as their Deputy Adult Clinical Lead for the UK and Europe. As well as completing her doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Lila also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Innovative Group Approaches from The Anna Freud Centre and a certificate in Behavioural Couples Therapy from Royal Holloway University. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society as well as a registered supervisor and an accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Alongside working for Wysa, Lila has a private practice where she specialises in treating adults with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and trauma. 

Roma Fernandes, M.Sc.

Roma Fernandes is the Lead Coach Operations at Wysa and is a qualified mental health professional with a master’s in clinical psychology. She has been working as a therapist for the last 13 years and her areas of expertise include working with clients with different mental health concerns and relationship issues. She is also a trainer and enjoys conducting workshops and training on various topics related to mental health and psychology.

Sushma Hebbar, M.Sc.

Sushma Hebbar is a psychologist with many years of experience. She has worked with clients of different age groups, dealing with a wide variety of psycho-social life adjustment problems that people face in their everyday lives. She has extensive experience supporting people with symptoms of depression and anxiety, self-esteem, addiction, motivation, career confusion, academic issues, relationship issues, exam stress and skill development. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is also a certified CBT trainer.

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