The Team

Natasha D’Cruz is a PhD in psychology with close to two decades of experience in the field of mental health. She is a practicing psychologist/psychotherapist and has been extensively  trained by stalwarts in the field from across the globe in the entire gamut of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies as well as Adlerian Psychotherapy,  Person Centred Therapy and Arts Based Therapies. Being a licensed performer in Pianoforte and certified in Voice from Trinity College of Music, London has helped hone her skills in using Arts Based Therapies with clients as well as exploring research in Music and Dance as therapy. 

Although her clientele ranges from ages 3 to 73 years and she is adept at handling cases across the developmental lifespan, her forte is working with tweens , young adults as well as with couples. Creating a safe exploratory space and building a strong therapeutic relationship are at the core of her practice which incorporates an eclectic therapeutic approach.

Over the years she has been an international consultant with  leading multi-national Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providers where she provides corporate training, brief therapy and coaching for their client companies. Being passionate about teaching and training has led her to develop several courses for early career psychologists/counsellors as well as teachers and parents on various aspects of child psychology using innovative experiential techniques.

EMRC India hosted a series of lectures by her on the use of Music and Dance in Psychology on National Television. In addition she has been featured in several International and National publications for her use of Psychology with young people.

To help incorporate elements of psychology into our daily living and wellbeing she is currently researching Evidenced Based Design for interior spaces and psychological variables in sports, besides being the founder president of Reach Out to Life Foundation a suicide prevention and youth development non profit organization and the founder director of NANIHI Group Pvt. Ltd.


Shweta Shahade is a qualified psychologist and a remedial educator with close to 10 years of experience in the field of mental health. She has  two masters degrees, a Masters in Clinical Psychology from SNDT University, Pune and a Masters in Applied Child Psychology from Nottingham Trent University, UK. She has worked extensively with children of all age groups as well as adolescents and adults who have learning as well as behavioural and emotional difficulties. She believes in the uniqueness and individuality of every single person and thus creates modules and therapy programs that fit the needs of every individual she works with. She believes in an exploratory approach at working with children and adults, where the individual uses all available senses and resources to learn from the world around them.
Shweta has also worked with children from Urdu and Marathi medium schools where she facilitates an English Enhancement and Creativity program for the students. She is an ardent animal lover and a trained Canine Behaviourist who involves therapy dogs during her sessions as and when it is suitable. She is a strong believer in instilling kindness and sensitivity along with inculcating new and improved techniques from around the world into her therapy sessions. A music lover and writer in her spare time, she looks at therapy as an interactive experience which benefits the therapist just as much as it helps the individual be it a child or adult or their families.

Dr. Ruth Fernandes is a consultant Psychiatrist with experience of 12 years. She is very passionate about working and helping patients achieve their best outcomes. Her areas of interest include anxiety and stress related disorders, depression, grief, psychotherapy especially mindfulness,relationship problems and parenting.

Dr. Ruth Fernandes‘s area of expertise is in Reproductive psychiatry, helping women with emotional distress during times of hormonal change, from menses to menopause. She specializes in treating women before, during and after pregnancy, as well as other times of transition in their lives. Her special interest in treating new mothers with stress and anxiety got her to begin the “Mindful Moms” programme. She has been trained by the Institute of Noetic Sciences, U.S.A. for mindful motherhood. She regularly conducts workshops on Mindful Motherhood and Mindful Parenting as she views it is as a vital way of strengthening mothers & building stronger families. She also provides grief counselling and support for women who have undergone miscarriages.

Her approach when treating a patient is to focus on the whole patient and not just the symptoms.  Her forte is to treat patients empathetically in a non judgemental, warm, safe and confidential environment.

After Dr. Mrinal developed a keen interest in the field of mental health during his early years in medical school, he went on to be trained in Psychiatry at the prestigious Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health( VIMHANS) in  New Delhi, and subsequently at AIIMS, Rishikesh.

His areas of interest include Mood Disorders, De-addiction Medicine and Personality Disorders. His passion for mental health goes beyond the routine, having worked in the field of refugee mental health for the UNHCR, and rural mental health in the hills of Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. He has also worked as a spiritual mental health consultant at Aurbindo Ashram, New Delhi.

Naomi has graduated from Manipal University with an MPhil degree in Clinical Psychology. She holds a Master’s in Applied Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences-Mumbai, and  a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Xavier’s college-Mumbai.

Naomi also works as a project assistant at King Edward Medical Hospital-Pune and has been involved in developing content for online courses, and workshops.  She has worked on a short freelance project which involved developing CBT based scripts for an app aiming to improve adherence to medical treatment.

Naomi is extremely interested in working with both individuals and groups, and has a special interest in working with children and adolescents. She prefers to take on an eclectic therapeutic approach which allows her to adapt the therapeutic techniques to the needs of the individual.

Wendy Burby is a Transcultural Counsellor with close to 5 years of experience in the therapeutic sector. She holds a Master of Arts in Transcultural Counselling from the University of Malta, in Msida, Malta as well as a Bachelor of Education from Christ University in Bangalore, India. Her understanding of the impact and relevance of cultural diversity in the sphere of mental health has been invaluable to her extensive work within organisations. In her role as a counsellor in the work space, she has been a strong advocate for the importance of mental health and well-being for employees. Her primary purpose while part of an organisation was working with the staff on issues pertaining to working within diverse environments, and the challenges and learning opportunities that come from that. She has carried out individual as well as group interventions within the organisation and has been met with very positive feedback from her past engagements.

Wendy also brings to the table her years of experience as a trainer and teacher. She is especially partial to group work, and favours a highly facilitative approach to instruction. She has worked with clients across age groups conducting both individual as well as group sessions. She has specific training in understanding and dealing with diversity within the therapeutic relationship. She has experience working within Schools. Employee Support Teams, Eating Disorders Clinics as well as standard counselling spaces.

Tanvi  is a MPhil in Clinical Psychology from Manipal University. She holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from SNDT Women’s University- Churchgate, Mumbai, and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ruparel college-Mumbai. Tanvi has specialised in EMDR therapy  and has completed an Advanced Diploma in Counselling Psychology.

In addition to consulting with Nanihi Tanvi also consults at Masina Hospital-Mumbai where she has worked with cancer patients and their families. Her strength and passion lie in  working with people individually and she has a special interest in working with trauma. She opts for an eclectic therapeutic approach which helps her tailor particular therapeutic techniques according to the needs of those she works with.

Ava Ichaporia is a qualified counsellor with a Masters in Counselling from the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK. She also holds a Diploma in Counselling from CYDA, Pune, and TISS, Mumbai. Formerly, she worked as a researcher on gender equality issues. She has counselled clients in the UEA Counselling Service and in private practice in Pune and Mumbai. She also is associated with a counselling service in Bengaluru.

Ava has volunteered in India and the UK on a student counselling helpline and a helpline for survivors of abuse. She has conducted workshops on the Diploma in Counselling at CYDA, Pune, and at the University of East Anglia. She believes that people possess the capacity to heal themselves and wants to support development of an individual’s resources. She practices in a person centred way using insights from focussing and mindfulness. She enjoys following food bloggers on Instagram, reading and taking walks.

Tanya has a Masters’ degree in Counselling for Mental Health and Wellness (Applied Psychology) from New York University. She has experience providing individual, family and group counselling to children, adolescents and young adults dealing with a wide range of mental health issues such as trauma, anxiety, stress, depression, self-harm, interpersonal difficulties, body image issues and bullying. She has also worked as a counsellor in a school setting providing support to children and adolescents with special needs as well as academic, social and emotional difficulties.

Tanya takes a strengths-based and client-centered approach to therapy and creates a safe space for her clients to open up in session. She believes that building a strong client-therapist relationship is important in order for therapy to be successful. She uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions along with visual art, drama and play therapy techniques to help clients reach their goals.  Tanya is also pursuing a graduate diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy from Women’s Christian College in Chennai.

Mr. Rishi Talwar is a Psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pune. He has participated in numerous workshops to further enhance his training, knowledge and skills. He has interned at The Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (VIMHANS Hospital), New Delhi and trained and volunteered with Connecting NGO as a psychologist on their suicide prevention helpline. Finding solace in animals and nature, he has also trained in Animal Assisted Therapy and Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

Since his early years, his desire to help those in need has directed his interests and consequently his career in mental health. He has experience working with individuals; those dealing with severe mental illness as well as those finding it difficult to cope with day-to-day stressors. Additionally, victims of abuse and those suffering traumatic events have found comfort and support from him.
With a keen interest in Sexuality and Gender, he has also worked with the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community.

Rishi is spiritually inclined and hopes to have a positive impact on those he comes across; enabling them to help themselves move, in a direction of their choice.

Roselle Vaz is a special educator and a psychologist with more than 6 years work experience. She has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune. In addition, she has trained at Alpha to Omega and has done several courses on remediation and specific learning difficulties. She has successfully completed the international certification Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment both basic and standard level.

Roselle has worked as a special educator in various schools like Christel House Lavasa, Sunderjee’s Institue, Pune as well as The Bishop’s Co-Ed School, Undri Pune. She is eager to further explore remediation in all facets and work towards providing children she works with, with a positive and nurturing learning environment that will help growth and development.

Ashima Mahajan is a RCI licensed Clinical Psychologist, having completed her M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology from the Manipal Academy of Higher Education. Ashima works with both individuals and groups for psychotherapy sessions. She is skilled in evaluating individual behaviour and mental state through observation, interview, and psychometric tests. Her practice style is patient-focused, that emphasizes the well-being and autonomy of patients. In the past, Ashima has worked as a school counsellor where she provided counselling to students, conducted life skill training sessions, and provided remedial training to children with specific learning disability. 

She actively participates in various workshops and seminars to enhance her knowledge and deliver seminars and guest lectures to propagate these learnings. She has interned at VIMHANS, New Delhi and has trained at NIMHANS, Bangalore’s Family Therapy unit under student exchange programme.

Ashima follows and practices the philosophy of Nichiren Diashonin Buddhism that emphasizes the infinite potential and high life force inherent in all life. She passionately believes in Nichiren’s humanistic philosophy of enabling people living in the real world and facing real problems to become empowered and help modify their lives for the better.

Mrs. Prabhjot Kaur is an Occupational Therapist with a Masters of Occupational Therapy in Neurosciences from All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai and is certified in Dysphagia Rehabilitation. She specializes in hand therapy, cognitive perceptual training, splinting, functional rehabilitation, ergonomics, and social skills training. She satiates her curiosity to keep herself updated by conducting seminars, publishing her work in reputed journals, and attending workshops and conferences.

In her career of 7 years as an Occupational Therapist, she has received the GEM (Going an Extra Mile) award for service excellence at Max Hospital, Saket, Delhi, where she headed the team for Breast Cancer Rehabilitation as well. She has worked across domains of adult neuro-rehabilitation (including Stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis & Dementia) and pediatric rehabilitation in Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Autism Spectrum disorders, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders to name a few.

Gauri has completed her Masters and Bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy from the Seth G. S. Medical College and K. E. M. Hospital, Mumbai. Gauri is well versed in working with children who fall under the Autism Spectrum, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory processing Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as well as Learning difficulties. In her time at Dr. R. N. Cooper Hospital in Mumbai she also worked with individuals with neurological and orthopaedic conditions. In addition she has researched hand rehabilitation in which she specialised in orthopaedic rehabilitation. 

At Nanihi, Gauri hopes to bring her experience in these varied areas to help the children and adults she works with get independent in all possible aspects of their lives. This drives and motivates her to be efficient and dedicated.

Maitreyee Kulkarni is a Consulting Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist (MASLP). Her sincerity and dedication is evident in her work ethic and her patient interactions. She’s extremely adept at dealing with patients across the age spectrum and her acumen is evident in the range of projects she has undertaken which range from projects with Vocal performers to patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disorder.

Her skills have been honed in prestigious institutions like Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and KEM Hospital; Dwidal School for multiple handicap and Kamayani Early Intervention Centre.

Runali Patil is a Speech Language Pathologist and Audiologist with a Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysuru, Karnataka and a Bachelors degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Handicapped, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Runali has worked and trained at various institutes like the Tata Cancer Hospital, Mumbai and the Lokmanya Tilak Medical College, Sion in addition to gaining clinical experience in her alma maters while doing her degrees.  Runali’s areas of professional interest are : Audiological Evaluation and Management (Adult and Child), Paediatric and Adult Swallowing disorder, Congenital and Acquired Voice disorders, Acquired Adult Neurogenic disorders, Motor Speech and Language disorders, Fluency Disorders and Articulation Disorders.