I'M Nalini Gangadurai



Me & My Profession

About ME

I am Nalini Gangadurai, a consultant psychologist, M.Phil, M.S, M.Sc, in Psychology, counselling, psychotherapies, PG Dip in Specific Neurological learning disorders, Accredited EFT practitioner, Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner. Individually Practicing counselling for more than 14 years, in Chennai, Bangalore and Pune, and working as a consultant for Address health, has experience in counselling patients with Depression, Stress, clinical anxiety, relationship problems, phobias and improving general mental health for adults. Life skills Counselling to improve social skills, anger management, overcoming anxiety, phobia, stress, fear, Study Techniques for adolescents. Counselling coping strategies in learning for children with specific learning disorders, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia.

Languages : Tamil, English, Hindi

What do I counsel ?


Clinical Anxiety



Lifeskills for Adolescents

Specific :Learning Disorders


Depression-Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.

If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism.
  • Irritability.
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities.
  • Decreased energy or fatigue.
  • Moving or talking more slowly.
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still.
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping.
  • Appetite and/or weight changes.
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts.
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment.

Anxiety Disorders- Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.

There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and various phobia-related disorders

Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms include:

  • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge.
  • Being easily fatigued.
  • Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank.
  • Being irritable.
  • Having muscle tension.
  • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry.
  • Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep.

Social anxiety disorder (previously called social phobia): People with social anxiety disorder have a general intense fear of, or anxiety toward, social or performance situations. They worry that actions or behaviors associated with their anxiety will be negatively evaluated by others, leading them to feel embarrassed. This worry often causes people with social anxiety to avoid social situations. Social anxiety disorder can manifest in a range of situations, such as within the workplace or the school environment.

Separation anxiety disorder: Separation anxiety is often thought of as something that only children deal with; however, adults can also be diagnosed with separation anxiety disorder. People who have separation anxiety disorder have fears about being parted from people to whom they are attached. They often worry that some sort of harm or something untoward will happen to their attachment figures while they are separated. This fear leads them to avoid being separated from their attachment figures and to avoid being alone. People with separation anxiety may have nightmares about being separated from attachment figures or experience physical symptoms when separation occurs or is anticipated.

Phobias- A phobia is an intense fear of—or aversion to—specific objects or situations. Although it can be realistic to be anxious in some circumstances, the fear people with phobias feel is out of proportion to the actual danger caused by the situation or object.

People with a phobia:

  • May have an irrational or excessive worry about encountering the feared object or situation.
  • Take active steps to avoid the feared object or situation.
  • Experience immediate intense anxiety upon encountering the feared object or situation.
  • Endure unavoidable objects and situations with intense anxiety.
There are several types of phobias and phobia-related disorders:

Specific Phobias (sometimes called simple phobias): As the name suggests, people who have a specific phobia have an intense fear of, or feel intense anxiety about, specific types of objects or situations. Some examples of specific phobias include the fear of:

  • Flying.
  • Heights.
  • Specific animals, such as spiders, dogs, or snakes.
  • Receiving injections.
  • Blood.







Stress- Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.

Stress is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. But when stress lasts for a long time .Your body reacts to stress by releasing hormones. These hormones make your brain more alert, cause your muscles to tense, and increase your pulse. In the short term, these reactions are good because they can help you handle the situation causing stress. This is your body's way of protecting itself.

When you have chronic stress, your body stays alert, even though there is no danger. Over time, this puts you at risk for health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure.
  • Heart disease.
  • Diabetes.
  • Obesity.
  • Depression or anxiety.
  • Skin problems, such as acne or eczema.
  • Menstrual problem
  • e, it may harm your health.

Specific Learning Disorders-Specific Learning Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that begins during school-age, although may not be recognized until adulthood. Learning disabilities refers to ongoing problems in one of three areas, reading, writing and math, which are foundational to one’s ability to learn.

An estimated 5 to 15 percent of school-age children struggle with a learning disability. An estimated 80 percent of those with learning disorders have reading disorder in particular (commonly referred to as dyslexia). One-third of people with learning disabilities are estimated to also have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Learning disorder can only be diagnosed after formal education starts. To be diagnosed with a specific learning disorder, a person must meet four criteria.

Have difficulties in at least one of the following areas for at least six months despite targeted help:

  • Difficulty reading (e.g., inaccurate, slow and only with much effort).
  • Difficulty understanding the meaning of what is read.
  • Difficulty with spelling.
  • Difficulty with written expression (e.g., problems with grammar, punctuation or organization.
  • Difficulty understanding number concepts, number facts or calculation.
  • Difficulty with mathematical reasoning (e.g., applying math concepts or solving math problems).

Have academic skills that are substantially below what is expected for the child’s age and cause problems in school, work or everyday activities.

The difficulties start during school-age even if in some people don’t experience significant problems until adulthood (when academic, work and day-to-day demands are greater).

Learning difficulties are not due to other conditions, such as intellectual disability, vision or hearing problems, a neurological condition (e.g., pediatric stroke), adverse conditions such as economic or environmental disadvantage, lack of instruction, or difficulties speaking/understanding the language.

A diagnosis is made through a combination of observation, interviews, family history and school reports. Neuropsychological testing may be used to help find the best way to help the individual with specific learning disorder.

Attention Deficit Hyper active Disorder-Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development

People with symptoms of inattention may often:

  • Overlook or miss details, make careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or during other activities.
  • Have problems sustaining attention in tasks or play, including conversations, lectures, or lengthy reading.
  • Not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
  • Not follow through on instructions and fail to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace or start tasks but quickly lose focus and get easily sidetracked.
  • Have problems organizing tasks and activities, such as what to do in sequence, keeping materials and belongings in order, having messy work and poor time management, and avoid or dislike tasks that require sustained mental effort, such as schoolwork or homework, or for teens and older adults, preparing reports, completing forms or reviewing lengthy papers.
  • Lose things necessary for tasks or activities, such as school supplies, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, and cell phones.
  • Be easily distracted by unrelated thoughts or stimuli.
  • Be forgetful in daily activities, such as chores, errands, returning calls, and keeping appointments.
  • ailing to meet deadlines. People with symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity may often:.
  • Fidget and squirm in their seats.
  • Leave their seats in situations when staying seated is expected, such as in the classroom or in the office.
  • Run or dash around or climb in situations where it is inappropriate or, in teens and adults, often feel restless.
  • Be unable to play or engage in hobbies quietly.
  • Be constantly in motion or “on the go,” or act as if “driven by a motor”.
  • Talk nonstop.
  • Blurt out an answer before a question has been completed, finish other people’s sentences, or speak without waiting for a turn in conversation.
  • Have trouble waiting his or her turn.
  • Interrupt or intrude on others, for example in conversations, games, or activities.

Life skills For adolescents-Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable us to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life in other words psychosocialcompetency They are a set of human skills acquired via teaching or direct experience that are used to handle problems and questions commonly encountered in daily humanlife. The subject varies greatly depending on social norms and community expectations but skills that functions for well-being and aid individuals to develop into active and productive members of their communities are considered as life skills.

Some of the important life skills identified through delphi method by WHO are:

  • Decision making.
  • Problem solving.
  • Creative thinking/lateral thinking.
  • Critical thinking/perspicacity.
  • Effective communication.
  • Interpersonal relationships.
  • Self awareness/mindfulness.
  • Assertiveness.
  • Empathy.
  • Equanimity.
  • Coping with stress, trauma and loss.
  • Resilience.



-P G Diploma in Specific Neurological learning disorders, Samvidh Psych services, Dr. AkilaSadashivam, Bangalore / June 2017

M. S. In Counselling and Psychotherapy from IPMS, Mumbai / April 2006

Intensive Trainingprogramme in Special Learning Disorders (Dyslexia) from Madras Dyslexia Association / (Aug 2005)

Emotional Freedom Technique Certified Practitioner Dr. RanganaRupaviChoudhari , UK ( May 2016) Training (Jan 2005 )under Dr. Jonathan Livingstone, UK

Matrix Reimprinting Certified Practitioner Training under Dr. RanganaRupaviChoudhari , UK/ April 2016

Life skills For Empowerment of Adolescents Workshop at NIMHANS, Trainers, Dr. SrikalaBharath and Dr. Kishore

M.Phil. In Psychology from Mother Teresa Women’s university, Kodaikanal, Tamilnadu (Dissertation –Psychological intervention to enhance the self concept of rural women)/May 2004

M. Sc. In Psychology from University of Madras, Chennai, Tamilnadu (Comparative study of stress level between School teachers in Public and Private sector) /October 2002


Consultant psychologist, Pune /since 2018
Address health,.

Mental health awareness programs , TLLLF, for school children / since 2017

working as consultant psychologist , Bangalore, Nurturing school programs, Health education programmes for school children / since 2016

Practicing as Individual consultant psychologist at Kancheepuram, Tamilnadu and counselling for students with dyslexia or any learning problems and stress management for women and adults under guidance of Dr. Rengaraj, Psychiatrist, Kancheepuram / since 2004


Indian Psychiatric Society Life Associate Member LAM/N01/13 Association of Professional Psychologists, Chennai Member Regd no. 05/166 Member, aiponline, no 9919


worked as a volunteer for AID INDIA, counselling people affected by Tsunami in Tamilnadu, Out reach counselling for flood relief victims at cuddalore /(Dec 2004 to Jan2005) &(2015)

With VERGALtrust reached out to 1700 families , in the flood relief work , kancheepuram and cuddalore district, Done free counselling for the victims / Dec 2015.

With our trust reached out to 1700 families , in the flood relief work , kancheepuram and cuddalore district, Done free counselling for the victims / Dec 2015,
Address Health.

We worked with ockhi Cyclone relief volunteers , reached out to 500 children, Done free counselling for the victims. / Dec 2017

volunteer counselling for flood victims kerala / 2018

volunteer counselling for Gaja cyclone affected victims ,Tamilnadu November 2018


A book on stress management in Tamil, “ Manase Tension Please” , published by BharathiPuthakalayam, Chennai, -A story book for children in Tamil “washingmeshinilsundu” , published byBharathiPuthakalayam, Chennai, Dec 2016

writing articles in Tamizhagaulaviyalseythigal about child psychology.


English, Tamil, Hindi

Kannada (little speaking knowledge)


My interest in psychology began when we were chosen for life skills program conducted by University of Madras in 1993. And as i live and love psychology as it helps to live a healthy life, i pursued Msc Psychology in University of Madras, Then Mphil Psychology in Mother Teresa University, I developed my counseling and psychotherapy skills through M. S. course by IPMS, Mumbai.

Then to serve our younger generation more i have been developing my skills through reading and other courses. I did one month intensive training in specific learning disabilities at Madras Dyslexia Association.

Will you not buy the best for your children and keep searching for where the best will be available. so i was keeping on search for updations and latest studies on children psychology by attending various courses and conferences.

Started Vergal psychological counselling centre in 2006, as a charity action, to provide mental health services for rural india. So far satisfactority doing counselling and changing lives to lead a healthy life for many.

Started vergal educational and charitable trust in 2004 .and working for the rural children education.As Dr. Rengaraj, Psychiatrist, District Mental Health Program, District Head quartersHospital ,Kancheepuram says, " Mrs. G. Nalini, Psychologist is known to me for the past ten years, and her special areas of interest are Child and Adolescent Psychiatry like School refusal, Learning Disorder. She is also an expert in counseling and guidance for disturbed, Inter personal relationships, Marital disharmony, Absenteeism, Conduct problems, Deviant and Defiant Personalities. My clients have been benefited much by her approach to these problems. She has immense clinical acumen , also an expert in Stress Management ( Individual & Group)"



Psychotherapy:Psychotherapy (sometimes called “talk therapy”) is a term for a variety of treatment techniques that aim to help a person identify and change troubling emotions, thoughts, and behavior.

    Here are examples of the elements that psychotherapies can include:
  • Helping a person become aware of ways of thinking that may be automatic but are inaccurate and harmful. (An example might be someone who has a low opinion of his or her own abilities.) The therapist helps the person find ways to question these thoughts, understand how they affect emotions and behavior, and try ways to change self-defeating patterns. This approach is central to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
  • Identifying ways to cope with stress.
  • Examining in depth a person’s interactions with others and offering guidance with social and communication skills, if needed.
  • Relaxation and mindfulness techniques.
  • Exposure therapy for people with anxiety disorders. In exposure therapy, a person spends brief periods, in a supportive environment, learning to tolerate the distress certain items, ideas, or imagined scenes cause. Over time the fear associated with these things dissipates.
  • Tracking emotions and activities and the impact of each on the other.
  • Safety planning can include helping a person recognize warning signs, and thinking about coping strategies, such as contacting friends, family, or emergency personnel.
  • Supportive counseling to help a person explore troubling issues and provide emotional support.

JPMRT:Jacobsons Progressive Muscle Relaxation Techniqueinvolves contracting and relaxing the muscles to make you feel calmer and involves self suggestions to be more at a peaceful state.

EFT: Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT is a technique effective in clearing stress and emotional pain and blockages. The procedures include talk and touch therapy, EFT combines tapping on certain acupuncture points on the body, along with the repetition of specific phrases, in order to release negative emotions trapped within the body’s energy system. It is a gentle process, and since it clears the issues at the root level, the results are lasting. And it is very effective in managing stress,Post traumatic stress disorders, clearing limited beliefs, overcoming fear/ phobias, and to a certain extent to overcome OCD.
EFT involves various techniques like story telling technique, movie technique, and helps to face the problem gradually and overcome it.

Matrix Reimprinting Technique:Matrix Reimprinting is a powerful process particularly effective in overcoming painful or traumatic experiences. The process incorporates connecting with ‘echoes’ or past selves having undergone difficult, painful or traumatic experiences. This is a very gentle and effective approach to find the core issue, dealing with emotional pain, releasing trauma and filling up with positive emotions, so the trauma does not carry any negative emotion.




Pune: Flat no B003, golden petals, Dudhanenagar, Karvenagar, Pune, Maharashtra-411052,

Kancheepuram: H56, Pallavannagar, kancheepuram, Tamilnadu, 631501




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  • Telephonic/online counselling/ Skype counselling available on appointment
  • First session for 25 minutes counselling with free of charges, consecutive sessions are chargeable. and made after payment.
  • Skype: mohanns2004@outlook.com/ 9663893893/vergalnalini@gmail.com
  • forms are attached also can book appointments through richpsych.com, elifeguru.com