Nehal Lala

Counselling Psychologist

About Nehal Lala

When I opted for humanities as my stream in the 11th grade, I was offered a pool of seven subjects, out of which I had to pick five. After much deliberation, I consciously chose psychology over sociology. My decision was driven by a desire to understand human behaviour and to explore the unknown aspects of the mind. The scepticism surrounding psychology in the Indian context further piqued my curiosity. That was my first rendezvous with psychology.

As I delved into the subject, my fascination only grew. A year and a half later, while preparing for my board exams, my family and I were also collectively grieving a loss. During this period, I experienced stress and anxiety firsthand, witnessing their physical manifestations. This period of personal and collective challenge highlighted the importance of mental health and its often trivialised status compared to physical health. It was then that I realised how crucial mental health is and how misunderstood it can be.

This realisation solidified my resolve to pursue a career in mental health. I wanted to understand and help myself, but more importantly, I wanted to create a supportive space for others, where they could unfold and feel heard and acknowledged. Since then, there’s been no looking back. Every day, I am grateful for choosing this profession, one that allows me to make a difference in the lives of others.



Masters in Applied Psychology

Languages Spoken

Hindi and English

Approach to Therapy:

As a counselling psychologist, my approach to therapy is rooted in providing my clients with a supportive space to explore their inner world while staying attuned to their external environment. I adopt a trauma-sensitive and multicultural lens. I specialise in working with individuals aged 16 to 40, offering them a space where they feel safe, accepted, and empowered. 


I apply humanistic-existential principles, focusing on the whole person and their unique journey and experiences. I also incorporate  techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based practices, and positive psychology. This combination allows me to address not only presenting concerns but also to enhance overall well-being and help my clients lead fulfilling lives.

I believe in a systems-oriented framework, recognizing that each individual is part of larger systems such as family, community, and society. This perspective helps me understand the broader context of my clients’ experiences. My approach is integrative and collaborative, tailoring interventions to meet each client’s unique needs. 

My goal is to create an affable and empathetic environment where clients feel heard and acknowledged. By looking inward and staying connected with the world around them, clients can develop a deeper understanding of themselves and the challenges in place. Through this personalized and compassionate approach, I aim to help my clients achieve a sense of balance and well-being, enabling them to live more meaningful and satisfying lives.



Types of sessions offered

Individual, Couple

Personal interests

Physical fitness, Online Research, Reading, Writing, Culture-hopping

Age group Nehal works with

16 to 40 year olds

Types of therapies offered

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Mindfulness-based Therapy 

  • Person Centred Therapy (PCT)

  • Existential Therapy

  • Systems-oriented Therapy

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

  • Positive Psychotherapy


  • Anxiety, Health Behaviour Change 
  • Stress Management
  • Career-related issues
  • Academic issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Social Skills
  • Self-esteem and self-image related issues
  • Identity related concerns
  • Grief and Loss

What nehal’s Client Say

I was initially sceptical of online /over the call sessions. If they would be as helpful as a visit to a wellness centre. But, I’m so glad I took that step. In a way, I found scheduling appointments was a bit more readily available and thus I could prioritize my health on time. And then comes Aditya who had a more zen style of approach among other things that worked for me. I remember the sessions where there were exercises, those were fun. And then the introspection ones with self-reflection, which are always a bit tough but much needed. The overall experience has been pleasant and very normal and I encourage others to opt for professional help more often than before.

Anmol, 27
IT Professional
Hyderabad, India

My overall experience in the therapy session with Phanes has been fulfilling, comforting and healing. These sessions have been tremendously helpful, in fact, life-giving for me. I feel freedom from complexities, I feel liberated. The sessions have transformed my outlook towards life and have successfully served the purpose for which I opted to attend them. I am grateful to the therapist for his time, effort, commitment and willingness to go out of the way to support me.

Neetu, 41
Professor, Amity University
Patna, India

I had stumbled upon Phanes when I was depressed, had anxiety issues and was dealing with abandonment issues. I suffered clinical depression for almost 3 years before this. I had no one to talk to about everything that was bothering me. I felt no one really cared or understood me. Mr Aditya is a polite person, listens to everything very keenly and lets a person express to his/her heart’s content. He also gives genuine simple advice and following these helped me.I developed a positive mindset, started the habit of loving myself.

Niyati, 24

Why Phanes?

Voice Call

Video Call

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