About Anil

My passion is to help clients identify and remove the root cause of psychological suffering by leveraging a combination of mindfulnessbased approaches and a process called Inquiry, which might as well be calledInquiry, the Comedy Show.’ With over a decade of professional experience as a physician in England and India, I have both a deep and comprehensive understanding of how physical illnesses and bodily symptoms affect mental health, and I’m here to make sure that you don’t take it too seriously!

I am currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Washington, Seattle. For the past 18 years (the last 12 years as director of a mental health clinic), I have worked with students, staff, and faculty at the university, focusing on how psychological stress can impact academic and job performance while adding a bit of lighthearted humor to the conversation.

Furthermore, I have professional experience working with individuals and couples struggling with cross-cultural relationship issues, mental wellness, and young adults who feel “lost.” Lastly, I firmly believe that a spiritual understanding can significantly enhance our psychological well-being, so take it with a grain of salt and a bit of laughter!

Professional Background & Experience


2013 April – Current: Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Private Practice.

2014 June – Current: Clinical Asst. Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

2001 June – 2013 April. Director, Mental Health Clinic, Hall Health Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

2001-2014 – Clinical Instructor, Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

1994 – 2001: Mental Health Practitioner, Mental Health Clinic, University of Washington.

1991-1992: Registrar, Royal Free Hospital, University of London, U.K.

1986-1991: Clinical Research Fellow, Royal Free Hospital.

1984-1985: Resident, Dept of Psychiatry, Jipmer Hospital, Pondicherry, India.


2008-2009:  University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Certificate in Medical Management.

1992 – 1994:  Antioch University, Seattle, WA. Masters in Psychology.

1989-1992:  Metanoia Psychotherapy Training Institute, London, UK. Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy.

1977-1983:  Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery (M.B.B.S.), J.I.P.M.E.R., Madras University, India.


Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor – 020703 LH00004449.

General Medical Council, U.K. Indian Medical Association

Professional Memberships

Professional Member of the American College Health Association.

Member of Puget Sound Group Psychotherapy Association.

Volunteer and Board Experience

Member  – President’s Staff Forum, University of Washington (1998-1999).

Reviewer – Idea.Net. A web-based, idea-sharing network created by the President’s Staff Forum (1998-2001).

Trust Member – Northwest Vipassana Foundation – a non-profit agency (2000-2002).

Board Member – Antioch University, Seattle (2003-06).

Antioch University, Seattle –Continuing Education advisory board member. (2007-2009)

Antioch University, Seattle – Member, Board of Trustees. (2009- 2012)

Board Member & Chair of Program Comm. – Puget Sound Group Psychotherapy Network. (2013- 2014)

Board Member – University of Washington Retirement Association. (2015- 2017)


Award of Appreciation for outstanding work as a trainer – Crisis Clinic, Seattle, WA. 1996.

Distinguished alumni award – Antioch University Seattle – 2003.


Kim, E. H., Coumar, A., Lober, W. B., and Kim, Y. (2011). “Addressing the mental health epidemic among university students via web-based, self-screening, and referral system: a preliminary study.” IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine 15(2): 301-7.

Kim, E. H., Linker, D. T., Coumar, A., Dean, L. S., Matsen, F. A., and Kim, Y. (2011). “Factors affecting acceptance of a web-based self-referral system.” IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine 15(2): 344-347.

Chapter in “Buddhist Thought and Applied Psychological Research: Transcending the Boundaries,” Routledge Curzon. 2006.

Chapter in “Obesity in Diabetes & its Management,” in Diabetes Mellitus and its Complications. Macmillan Press. 1993.

Coumar, A., Mikhailidis, D. P. (1992).  Weight gain and smoking cessation – is there a solution? Journal of Smoking-Related Disorder (Editorial), 3(2), 97-98.

Gill, J., Mikhailidis, D. P, Coumar, A., Jeremy, J. Y.  (1992). Calcium uptake by platelets from type-1 diabetic patients with no vascular complications. Platelets, 3(2), 112.

Barradas, M. A., Desouza, V., Coumar, A., Dandona, P. (1991).  Effect of glucose on blood platelet serotonin (5-HT). Diabetes. 40(supply. 1), 493-A.

Coumar, A., Gill, J. K., Barradas, M. A., O’Donoghue, S., Jeremy, J. Y., Mikhailidis, D. P. (1991). The effect of treatment with Simvastatin on platelet function indices in hypercholesterolemia. Journal of Drug Development, 4(2), 79-86.

Khokher, M. A., Coumar, A., Dandona, P. (1991). Na-KATPASE following a very low-calorie diet (V.L.C.D.) and ephedrine in obese patients. Diabetes, 40(supply. 1), 488-A.

Munro, R., Power, J., Coumar, A., Nagarathna, R, Dandona, P. (1991). Yoga Therapy for NIDDM. Complementary Medical Research, 6(2),  66-68.

Mikhailidis, D. P., Coumar, A., Gill, J., Jeremy, J. Y., O’Donoghue, S., Dandona, P. (1990). Platelet function and plasma fibrinogen concentrations following the administration of Simvastatin to hypercholesterolemia patients. European Heart Journal, 11(suppl.), 383.

Ejim, O. S., Barradas, M. A., Mikhailidis, D. P., Poulter, L. W., Coumar, A, Dandona, P. (1989). A study of platelet Fibronectin immune-fluorescence in peripheral vascular disease and diabetes mellitus. Microcirculation, Endothelium, and Lymphatics, 5, 373-390.

Dandona, P., Coumar, A., Gill, D. S., Bell, J., Thomas, M.  (1988). Sodium fluoride stimulates osteocalcin in normal subjects. Clinical Endocrinology, 29, 437-441.

Ejim, O. S., Fonseca, V., Coumar, A., Mathur, S., Bell, J., Dandona, P. (1988). Fibronectin concentration in plasma of peripheral vascular disease. Clinical Chemistry, 34(12), 2426-2429.

What is Mindful Inquiry?

Mindful Inquiry is about recognizing and removing our perceived obstacles that prevent us from living our lives fully. It is an invitation to identify and gently question those beliefs that stand in the way of our mental health, well-being and happiness. Read more...

Services Offered

I offer psychotherapy, consultation, assessment, and supervision services for various issues, including:

Addictive behaviors
Relationship difficulties
Improving communication
Life transitions
and more...


Anil Coumar, MBBS, MA, LMHC

E: anil@coumar.net
T: 206-925-3158
F: 206-338-6379