Educational / Professional Qualifications

  • Post Masters (CAGS- Multicultural Counseling), Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • MS (Psychology), Radford University, USA
  • BA (Psychology), Presidency College, University of Madras, Chennai, India

Emergenetics Associate

Professional Full Member - Singapore Association for Counseling (SAC), Singapore Psychological Society (SPS), American Psychological Association (APA), American Counselling Association (ACA), American Multicultural Counselling and Development (AMCD) and International Association of Marriage and Family Counseling (IAMFC)

Career Bio

Sailaja (Saila) Menon is an American trained Professional Counseling Psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience in the field of Mental Health, Counseling, training, teaching and supervision.She currently resides in Dubai, UAE.

Prior to moving to Dubai in 2016,Saila served as a Partner at Scotts Psychological Centre, Orchard Road, Singapore where she served as a Counseling Psychologist and provided individual, couple and family therapy to a very diverse range of multicultural clients. Saila was also the Founder of Mantra- Counseling Wellness Care ( She also served as a Faculty Associate in the Dept of Counseling at James Cook University, Singapore. Saila is an Associate of Emergenetics and conducts profiling, assessment and interpretation sessions to assist clients to achieve their full potential in therapeutic, school, corporate and health care settings.

Prior to moving to Singapore in 2013, Sailaserved as a Counseling Psychologist at the Dubai Community Health Center (DCHC),Jumeira, Dubai, UAEfor over 8 years. She served as a Counseling Psychologist and provided Individual and Couple therapy on various mental health and life issues to a diverse range of multicultural clients. In addition, due to her passion to serve the under privileged, Saila founded the Crisis Prevention Program (CPP)under the Patronage of the Indian Consulate, Dubai (a first time initiative in the history of Indian missions across the world) where she provided free therapeutic services for 8 consecutive years for those citizens of India who could not afford psychological services, Saila also headed the Counseling unit set up by theGovt of India - Ministry of Overseas Indian affairs at the Indian Workers Resource Centre (IWRC).

Before moving to Dubai in 2005, Saila served as the Director of Graduate Internship Field Training (GIFT) program with the Center for Multicultural Human Services (CMHS) in the Washington Metropolitan area, USA. Over the 10 years she worked at CMHS in the US, Saila also as a bilingual therapist on a diverse range of mental health issues related to adult, family and youth. Saila has managed and successfully closed several National/State level projects on community mental health and Refugee mental health issues. Sailahas a special expertise in the area of Refugee Mental Health and has conducted several training of the trainers workshops for refugee service providers across the country.

Concurrently, Saila also served as faculty at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Counseling where she taught a graduate level class on “Cross Cultural Counseling:- Issues and interventions” for over 7 consecutive years for the School Counseling ,Applied Behavioral Counseling and Organizational Counseling track and has an advanced Practicum training in Supervision.

In her clinical capacity , Saila emphasizes on the importance of incorporating a holistic model of services which takes into consideration the mental/emotional, physical/biological, social, community and the spiritual aspects of the client to ensure his/her well being and self sufficiency. Her theoretical orientation is primarily client centered. Saila has a very warm and relaxed approach in therapy whereby she aims in obtaining a therapeutic relationship and a genuine dialogue with her client. She believes in nurturing and modeling a safe and empowering environment which can aid a client to clarify problems, set goals and objectives, implement the teachings and learning’s from counseling in their life and achieve self sufficiency. She strongly advocates psycho education in her sessions and is very proactive with her mantra ” Help my client to help themselves.” .Additionally, due to her advanced training in multicultural counseling she constantly adapts her techniques to best suit the client’s cultural background, ethnic identity, level of acculturation and his /her unique life experiences and situations.

Saila is regularly invited for interviews as an expert in media and have published over two dozen dozen articles on mental health topics in international magazines and publications

Saila is a naturalized American of Indian Origin (OCI). She was born in Malaysia and spent her childhood there and moved to India where she spent most of her formative years. Saila has travelled extensively around the globe and has spent most of her life in the US, India, UAE, Singapore and Malaysia.

Saila speaks Fluent English, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi.