With a cuppa in hand, discover yourself at this cafe

Walk into this cafe in Indiranagar and you will be offered more than the usual coffee and sandwiches.

Published: 02nd October 2017 04:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd October 2017 07:20 AM   |  A+A-

Founders of the cafe Priyanka M B and Nithish Meti at Inspiron, Cafe Atrelier, which will be inaugurated on Monday | Nagaraja Gadekal

Express News Service

BENGALURU: Walk into this cafe in Indiranagar and you will be offered more than the usual coffee and sandwiches. On their menu is a list of psychometric tests that they believe will help you discover yourself better. Tucked away from the hustle bustle is Cafe Atrelier, a house converted into a cafe that also doubles up as a place to seek help from mental health professionals. You can walk in to either have an analysis of you strengths and weakness or get a mental well-being issue addressed.

Each of the rooms have been converted into spaces where one can express themselves through art -- be it writing, painting or photography -- and have the works analyzed. From writing anonymous letters about one’s life for others to read, to travel and photography, the cafe works on the principal that art can heal. Individual solutions are available for those with special needs. For children with development issues, there is an animal-assisted therapy where one can improve with the help of a dog. ‘Devil’s mind’, another room, offers a canvas to draw and paint.   

Founded by Priyanka M B, a 24-year-old psychologist, and Nithish Meti, a 25-year old motivational speaker, the cafe’s doors are open to all. For someone wanting to seek help from mental health professionals, appointments can be sought online or through telephone.

Speaking about the initiative, Priyanka said, “There is a lot of stigma when someone wants to go visit a psychologist or psychiatrist and seek help. Here, we have an informal setting where people can walk into the cafe and speak to experts. We believe in integrating art, dance, music, theatre and therapy for overall wellbeing.

‘Tests on the go’ is also something the cafe offers at an affordable price, according to Meti, the co-founder. “People have a perception that psychometric tests have to be taken online and it will cost them a lot. That is not the case here.” ‘Love Guru’, as they call it, is one such test. Couples can take the relationship compatibility test to understand what areas they need to work on to improve compatibility.

Cafe opens today

Nitish and Priyanka have been offering these services on a freelance basis since five years. The cafe is being inaugurated on Monday. Priyanka said they have on board a team of 15 clinical psychologists and psychiatrists, some of who work as consultants at the cafe. Dr Jagadish from Abhaya Hospitals is one of
the directors.

Stay up to date on all the latest Karnataka news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp