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Harshani Hewa Algiriyage

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Harshani is a registered psychological counsellor in Australia and Sri Lanka with a Master of Counselling and psychosocial work from the University of Colombo. Her journey into this fulfilling career starts 15 years ago, soon after completing her Bachelor degree in social sciences and the graduate diploma in counselling and psychosocial work from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Her passion for researching wider modalities to support people never allowed her to take a break from seeking knowledge. A great example of this constant upgrade of her knowledge is reading to graduate with her second master degree in social work at the university of new England, Australia, Shortly. She has completed her Gottman couples Therapy level 3 training and Clinical Hypnotherapy training in Australia. She is now working towards her Advanced EMDR training. She has experience working with young children, teenagers, adults, couples and families from 2005 until today. Her experience working overseas in diverse cultural and religious backgrounds is the most important factor behind her success as a counsellor. In summary, she has worked as a school counsellor at Visakha Vidyalaya Sri Lanka, which had 5000 student capacity from year 1 to year 12, University counsellor at Open University Sri Lanka, Lifeline Australia in Sydney and Melbourne and youth support team in Sydney. After moving to Melbourne, she joined to work as a therapeutic practitioner in the family violence support team at Drummond street services and Victorian Aboriginal Health Services. Simultaneously she had her private practice starting from Sri Lanka, Sydney and Melbourne. She still works with international clients online. Harshani has a gentle and warm temperament with enthusiasm to help her clients to achieve their full potential in life.Harshani has extensive experience working with clients in the context of domestic violence, gender-based violence, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, OCD, mood and personality disorders, bipolar disorder, relationship difficulties, family conflict, social and cultural isolation, poor self-esteem and confidence, work-life balance and issues related to poor wellbeing. She uses EMDR therapy, Gootman Couples Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), (Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Single Session Therapy (SST), Solution Focused Therapy, Talk Therapy, Mindfulness and Relaxation Strategies, Multicultural Counselling and Life Coaching strategies in her therapeutic modalities. She conducts sessions in English and Sinhalese based on clients requests.Harshani provides a non-judgmental, confidential, safe and secure space for her clients to unpack the pain and trauma holding in their minds. Her person-centred and trauma-informed approach understands the uniqueness of every client she works with and, therefore, uses a tailor-made eclectic therapeutic modality to empower the client in their healing journey. Harshani is a mother of two adolescent children and continuously working on researching new skills to face challenges to support adolescents for their smooth transition into exciting social changes while preserving their values. In addition, she helps her clients to manage generational, cultural conflicts to reach their full potential with confidence.Harshani has registration and memberships in:Australian Counselling Association (Full membership Level 4)Student Membership in Australian Association of Social WorkersEMDR Australia- Accredited EMDR TherapistMember of Mental Health VictoriaSri Lanka National Association of Counsellors

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