Hello, I am Chamari Leelasena and I am an experienced Integrative Psychotherapist and an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and my work is guided by the BACP Ethical Framework. I am also a qualified EMDR Therapist and am a full member of EMDR Association UK & Ireland.
What do I offer?
I offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals from my practice in
4 Manchester Square, London W1U 3PD or online, and couples from the Central London practice. Therapy can be
short term - up to 12 sessions, medium term - up to 26 sessions, or long term
- open ended.
My main therapeutic approach is integrative and is best described as a synthesis of Person-centred, Psychodynamic, and Solution Focused therapies.
I am experienced in providing Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) and EMDR for Employee Assistance Providers (EAP).
I am a certified Clinical Supervisor offering Reflective and Integrative Clinical Supervision (both individual and group supervision) to qualified therapists, trainees and other mental health professionals.
As a bilingual counsellor, I'm able to provide therapy in 🇬🇧 English or in 🇱🇰 Sinhala. I respect and welcome clients from all backgrounds.
My experience includes working with clients presenting issues such as
depression, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, bereavement, work related
issues, personal development, anger management and low self-esteem.
I have worked in an further education college, women's therapy centre, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) counselling service and in a therapy centre providing moderate to severe mental health care. In my private practice, I take referrals from GPs, EAP providers and the general public.
Couples therapyI am a certified Transformative Couples Therapist and work with couples face-to-face at the Central London practice (4 Manchester Square, London W1U 3PD).
Group work and workshops
I facilitate psycho-educational group work on understanding and managing, depression, anxiety, anger and assertiveness.
Psycho-educational career guidance
Experienced in offering psycho-education using CBT and Humanistic therapies to
those who are of working age and present with mental health difficulties. In
parallel, clients are also supported in updating their CV, job searching,
confidence building, assertiveness, money management and interview skills.
My training and qualifications
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Certificate in Clinical assessment
- Certificate in Preparing to Teach in The Lifelong Learning Sector (PTTLS) City and Guilds
- BACP Accreditation
- Clinical supervision training (with CSTD)
- Certificate in Domestic Violence Advanced Training (with DAAT)
- Certificate in Making Sense of Relationships (with Encounter Learning Centre)
- Certificate in Transformative Couples Therapy (with Encounter Learning Centre)
- Certificate in EMDR Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 (with EMDRWorks)
These are some of the organisations I am affiliated/registered with (click on
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