After having qualified as a psychiatrist in 1984, he served the Schizophrenia Research Foundation (India) in various capacities and eventually as Deputy Director till 1991. He was as a consultant to the World Health Organisation and the International Labour Organisation during this period. Between 1991 and 1997 he moved to the corporate world and headed the HR function for a Chennai-based public limited company.
Dr. Vijay Nagaswami completed his M.B.B.S. degree from the Madras Medical College in 1980, and underwent post-graduate training in Psychiatry (Diplomate in Psychological Medicine) from the same college.
He works out of Chennai but does travel around the country for training other mental health professionals in Couple Therapy and for workshops on personal relationship management. His wife Usha, a translator by profession, and he have been happily married for over thirty years. They have no children. They have successfully dealt with several issues over the years and this has formed the basis for his work with couples in monogamous relationships.
Since 1997, he has concentrated his energies on Individual, Couple & Corporate Psychotherapy. He has written six books. His first book, ‘Courtship and Marriage: a guide for Indian couples’ published by Penguin was a best seller. In January 2004, his second book titled “The Splintered Mind: Understanding Schizophrenia” was launched at Chennai. His next four books are part of Westland’s New Indian Marriage series and have all gone on to become bestsellers: ‘The 24x7 Marriage: Smart Strategies for Good Beginnings’ (2008); ‘The Fifty-50 Marriage: Return to Intimacy’ (2010); and ‘3’s a crowd: Understanding and Surviving Marital Infidelity’ (2011). In 2014, his latest book titled ‘To D or Not to D: Working towards an Amicable Divorce’ concluded the New Indian Marriage Series.