Nivendra Uduman - Counselling Psychologist
Nivendra Uduman is a trained Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist. He obtained both his bachelors and master’s degrees at Christ University, Bangalore, India and currently works at Samutthana- The King’s College London Resource Centre for Trauma, Displacement and Mental Health as their Senior Technical Officer and is a visiting lecturer at Sri Lanka Foundation, National Institute of Social Development and has previously lectured at the International College of Business and Technology. He has worked at the Welikade Prison as a visiting counsellor and is a volunteer counsellor at the Judicial Medical Officer’s Office in Colombo and at the ‘Art of Living’ Centre run by Shanthi Maargam.
Nivendra won an award of excellence in service in the field of mental health as an alumnus of Christ University and he also walked 550km (Footsteps to Freedom) from Dondra to Point Pedro in Sri Lanka, to raise awareness on mental health and to combat shame and stigma surrounding mental illness. Nivendra works with both individuals and couples in psychotherapy and his preferred therapeutic orientations include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy and also uses Motivational Interviewing as a counselling method. He has prior experience working with adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, phobias, relationship issues, domestic violence and also with adult survivors of child sexual abuse. He is adept at providing counselling and psychotherapy in English and Sinhala. Nivendra is a LGBTIQ affirmative therapist and is involved with the LGBTIQ community in Sri Lanka as an ally.
Shalindi Pandithakoralage - Clinical Psychologist
BSc in Psychology, MPhil in Clinical Psychology (Colombo)
Shalindi Pandithakoralage is a trained clinical psychologist, who obtained her first degree from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. During this time Shalindi also volunteered as a counselor in several mental health settings such as the National Council for Mental Health – Sahanaya, and the National Institute of Mental Health. She also worked at Forte Consultancy and was involved in various corporate projects under the guidance of Ms. Rozaine Cooray, an organizational psychologist, for a period of 3 years. She also interned at Women In Need for four months.
She obtained her MPhil in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colombo, and was placed in three government teaching hospitals as part of her clinical training. At these placements she provided individual and group therapy under the supervision of Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatrists.
Besides working as a visiting lecturer at the Sri Lanka Foundation and a resource person at the Open University of Sri Lanka, Shalindi also has a private practice as a psychologist/therapist where she sees individuals and families, and has experience working in psychosocial settings. Further, her areas of interest and experience include working with clients who have difficulties with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, and relationship and marital issues. She draws from both Humanistic and Cognitive-Behavioural principles depending on the client’s needs, and maintains a client focused approach.
Dimuthu Pasqual - Psychotherapist
BA Psychology, MSc Applied Psychology, Cert CBT
Dimuthu Pasqual is a Clinical Psychologist licensed under Sri Lanka Medical Council. She worked at National Council for Mental Health as a Psychotherapist. She at the same time worked as a Civil Clinical Counsellor at Military Hospital, Colombo where she was motivated to joined Sri Lanka Navy Volunteer Force as a Psychotherapist. After serving 2 and half years in the Navy she joined CIRP as a Clinical Psychologist. She worked at Institute for Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICP), Maldives as a representative of CIRP. Her specializations and expert areas include psychological assessments, formulation and evaluation of various psychological conditions (e.g. depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD and bipolar disorder) and provide counselling and psychotherapy for youths and adults. She also provides family therapy and counselling for relationship issues. Her integrated approach is strengthened with CBT, ACT and PCT skills.
Giselle Dass - Child Psychologist
BSc Psychology & Counselling, MSc Child & Adolescent Mental Health.
Having completed a BSc in Psychology and Counselling at Aquinas University College in Sri Lanka and MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at King’s College, London, Giselle has a wealth of knowledge and experience working in the humanitarian and mental health sectors with vulnerable individuals and families, providing specialised psychological assistance in a range of settings as well as in project development, implementation and management.
She is the Cofounder and Director of THEME Institute which is a not-for-profit think tank established to carry out multidisciplinary research and policy change in the thematic areas of Technology, Health, Environment, Migration, Education and Ethics. She is also involved in academia, providing services as a visiting lecturer in psychology for institutions such as the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the Colombo University and KAATSU International University (KIU) in Battaramlulla.
After working in the UK for over a year for a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) which is part of the National Health Service (NHS) specialing in neurodevelopmental disorders, and also carrying out research in the Maudsley hospital in London for childhood dementia in the Centre for Interventional Paediatric and Psychopharmacology (CIPP) clinic and patient progress monitoring for the Supported Discharge Service (SDS), Giselle returned to Sri Lanka with a keen interest to carry out research and develop mental health services in par with that of international standards in her home country.
Joanne Senn - EMDR Therapist/Counsellor
Joanne Senn counts over 12 years experience in counselling as a private practitioner/ EMDR therapist and has consulted as a counsellor at the Juvenile Court. She worked at Sri Lanka Sumithrayo, a social service organization in the area of suicide prevention.
Her area of specialisation involves EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a form therapy for those whose lives are affected by any traumatic events such as Man made disasters/Natural disasters, Accidents, Catastrophic illness, Rejection (divorce/conflicts), Sexual assault, Phobias, Panic disorders, Anxiety disorders, Excessive grief, Excessive guilt, bullying and Humiliation. The EMDR therapy is known to help victims resume normal life.
At present, she is a Committee member of the Sri Lanka EMDR Association and Facilitator for EMDR workshops. Further, she undertook the role of Committee member of the Sri Lanka National Association of Counsellors from 2004 - 2014, and held office of Vice President from 2007 - 2008.
Tehani Chitty - DramaTherapist
UK HCPC, BADth
Tehani Chitty is a dramatherapist. She is a graduate in Drama and Movement Therapy (MA), Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Tehani's client groups include children with emotional and behavioral difficulties, adults with anxiety and those who have experienced trauma.
BA (Hons) International Business Management, MSc Management Psychology
Iranjali Abeyratne has a BA (Hons) degree in International Business Management and an MSc in Management Psychology from The University of Nottingham. She is registered under The British Psychological Society’s, Psychological Testing Centre as a trained Occupational Test User for Ability and Personality. She was trained to administer and use the Trait personality inventory for Competency testing and development under Prof. Stephen A. Woods, a professor of Work and Organizational Psychology & a Chartered (Registered) Occupational Psychologist in the UK. Prof. Woods is an extensive practitioner in the field of Occupational Psychology and is also the Editorial board member of the Journal of occupational Psychology & Work Stress.
Iranjali also worked under the supervision of Dr. Hazel Melanie Ramos, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning, FASS); Associate Professor in Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences and Dr. Angeli Santos Associate Professor in Applied Psychology, Course Director, MSc Work and Organisational Psychology, Faculty of Medicine & Health at the University of Nottingham. Iranjali’s thesis for her masters focused on Occupational Stress, Burnout and wellbeing amongst Medical Practitioners and IT professionals and the role of Personality and ways of coping in moderating levels of stress and Burnout. Her areas of interest include; Personality & Competency Development, The Psychology of work, Management & Organizations, Organizational Recruitment, Selection and Assessment, Organizational Development & Change, Training & Learning at Work & Strategic Human Resource Management.
Iranjali also has a Certificate in Counseling and Psychotherapy from The Institute of Mental Health & a Certificate in Life Coaching A from the University of Cambridge, Institute for Continuous professional Development.
She is a volunteer Counselor with the National Institute for the Care of Paraplegics Colombo Branch and is a practicing life coach in areas of Leadership & Personal Development. She is also a Co- Founder of Leading Women, an initiative to empower women at the Psychological Sciences Institute.