About Anil

My passion is to help clients identify and remove the cause of psychological suffering by getting a clearer understanding of how the mind works. I do this by using a combination of mindfulness-based approaches and a process called Inquiry.

Before I became a psychotherapist, I worked as a physician for almost a decade, in England and India. Therefore, I have a deep and abiding interest in how physical illnesses and bodily symptoms impact one’s sense of well-being. I also have a professional interest in working with individuals and couples struggling with cross-cultural relationship issues, mental wellness and working with young adults who feel “lost.”

For the past 18 years (the last 12 years as director of mental health clinic), I worked as a psychotherapist at Hall Health Center at the University of Washington. Currently, I am a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Washington, Seattle. Having worked with students, staff, and faculty at the University, I also have a keen interest in how psychological stress impacts academic and job performance. Lastly, I am convinced beyond any doubts that a spiritual understanding will enhance our sense of psychological well-being.

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Professional Background & Experience

Employment

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.

Education

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.), JIPMER, Madras University, India.

Accreditations

Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor – 020703 LH00004449.

General Medical Council, U.K Indian Medical Association

Professional Memberships

Professional Member of 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- Current)

Awards

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

Distinguished alumni award – Antioch University Seattle – 2003.

Publications

Kim, E. H., Coumar, A., Lober, W. B. and Kim, Y. (2011). “Addressing 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(suppl.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 very low calorie diet (VLCD) and ephedrine in obese patients.  Diabetes, 40(suppl.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 simvastin 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:

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

Contact

Anil Coumar, MBBS, MA
4026 NE 55th Street, Suite D
Seattle, WA 98115

E: anil@coumar.org
T: 206-925-3158
F: 206-892-9705