Nithya J Rao is a certified rehabilitation psychologist based in Bangalore and is the co-founder of Heart It Out. She primarily works with young adults, entrepreneurs and minorities using existential and gestalt approaches with individuals experiencing grief and trauma. An avid reader and continuous learner, she uses a semi-structured method as a trainer and believes in leading with experiential insights. Her teaching method is demonstrative and interactive. She encourages actively reaching out for feedback, criticism and learning through play.
Nithya speclisies in disrupting the space of mental healthcare to adapt westernized norms to the Indian population; including buiding support chatbots, digital products and campus suicide prevention programmes. Nithya is a member of the Global Shapers Bangalore community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, and a Sandboxer, a global community of Do-ers. She has previously co-founded Lahe Lahe, a performing arts space, and was also on the curating team of a first of it's kind Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship. A constant voice for mental health activism, theatre, and social entrepreneurship, she believes that therapy is one piece in the puzzle of mental wellbeing. She enjoys curating and facilitating workshops, corporate events, and community driven work rooted in South Asian cultures. She offers therapy in English, Kannada, and sometimes in very bad Hindi.