Girija Padmanabhan Nambiar

Guest Speaker/ Counselling Consultant

Girija was a law graduate from the University of London who worked a few years in the legal industry mainly dealing with Matrimonial, Criminal and Personal Injury cases before deciding to do a career switch.

She was fascinated by the intricacy of the human mind and was also inspired to make a positive change in the lives of others. The determination motivated her to embark upon the journey into the world of counselling, which further led her to complete her Master’s degree in Counselling from the Singapore University of Social Sciences. 

Girija has worked in both a clinical and educational setting in Singapore, working with children, adolescents and adults. She works across the lifespan with children, adolescents and adults. Her areas of interest include mental health, challenging behaviour, special needs, identity issues, motivational issues, personal issues such as work stress, relationship difficulties, transitional challenges, family issues and parenting issues.

Girija’s therapeutic approach is integrative and person-centred, drawing on a range of evidence based techniques and strategies including Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy and Psychodynamic counselling.

She adopts a collaborative approach by working closely with the client and their respective stakeholders to identify and address the challenges faced by the client. She further aims to empower the client with a sense of identity, responsibility and independence as well as provide them with a comfortable environment within which they can develop and mature as an individual.

Girija is an empathetic, non-judgemental and collaborative therapist who aims to provide a safe and therapeutic space for her clients to work within. Through the therapy she helps to motivate clients and provide them with the strategies and resources to go through the changes and overcome their problems. Girija strongly believes and inculcates the value that every individual has the potential to have a fulfilling life and the ability to make a significant change to themselves.

Girija provides counselling fluently in English and occasionally Tamil.