Nithya J Rao is a practicing psychologist and driven entrepreneur. She’s a dynamic individual who has been working with people struggling with grief, loss, trauma and resilience. As the co-founder at Heart It Out, (a mental health and wellbeing start-up that has impacted over 20000 lives), she wishes to bridge the gap between theory and practice of psychology.
As a trauma informed rehabilitation psychologist, she has spent tens of thousands of hours working with young adults and entrepreneurs in therapy. Her work is influenced by Indian philosophy, business coaching, entrepreneurship, and religious study.
Her work doesn’t stop at therapy, rather, she finds herself immersed in other artistic ventures. She is one of the creators of “Lahe Lahe'', a performing arts and expression space in Bangalore, and is deeply passionate about the arts and culture.
“I am always on the lookout for opportunities to build authentic, inclusive communities.”
Aiming at bringing real-life stories and lived experiences to the stage, she brought Katharsis Productions to life. She feels that her participation as an actor, designer and director, brings diversity, flair and a compassionate touch to her therapy.
Recognised by India Today as one of India's Top 25 entrepreneurs to look out for, Nithya graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Theatre, Literature & Psychology from Christ University and a Master’s degree in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Counseling from the Richmond Fellowship Society.
“By 2040, I'd like to retire with a couple of cats, to study memes. Until then, I wish to make a dent, without haste and pause.”