Ms Shirani Situnayake

Ms Shirani Situnayake

Target Health
121 South Norwood Hill
SE25 6DD

The Willows
Chesterfield Road
NG17 2QJ

01773 438854 / 07903 598 324

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Target Health
121 South Norwood Hill
SE25 6DD

The Willows
Chesterfield Road
NG17 2QJ

01773 438854 / 07903 598 324

About me

I am a Person Centred Counsellor and Supervisor, as well as Equine Facilitated Therapist. I offer individual counselling for women only and also work with creative materials and visualisations as part of the therapeutic alliance. I am a mixed heritage Sri Lankan immigrant and lesbian. I am also a recovering alcoholic and drug user and survivor.
My own healing and recovery has been facilitated by a combination of drumming, counselling, sports, nature, friends and family - a journey into the inner margins of my distress and dislocation. My healing has been 'holistic', born from mutuality and synthesis.
For me Person Centred counselling embodies at best all the possibilities for truth, equality, self empowerment and self direction within a therapeutic space. It isn't a panacea or an answer for all people all of the time - but can offer an opportunity, a safe and boundaried space where self reflection and exploring wounds may be facilitated and healed. A space where a client is in charge of their own journey.
I offer my self up into that space and reveal aspects of me, not to exclude or posture, but as part of the counselling process, where I am real in the relationship.
Similarly I engage with differences, like race, class and sexuality, as a way of working transparently to explore any hidden histories within that space.

I have completed a whole series of workshops and training for facilitating counselling assisted by horses, approximately 5 years ago
Horses are congruent, empathic animals that can mirror our emotions and teach us a about power and boundaries - whilst connecting us to what lies hidden or buried within ourselves.
This is essentially a non riding therapeutic encounter.
The horses live in fields near my practice in Huthwaite,8 minutes walk along a bridleway.

Although I work in a private practice, as a partner, I strive to provide equal access to counselling for all women, whatever their background, income or situation.
I abide by the BACP code of ethics.
I have a commitment to regular and ongoing personal and professional development and have regular supervision, both paid and peer.

Training, qualifications & experience

Fundamentals in co-counselling
Foundation in Psychosynthesis
Certificate in Psychodynamic and Humanistic counselling: Goldsmiths College
Diploma in Practitioner Counselling - Person Centred: The City LIT Institution
Diploma in Supervision: Lewisham College
PETLLS Certificate (Teaching Qualification)
Counselling Survivors of sexual abuse
Foundation Training: Breaking Free

Facilitating Therapeutic Groups - Person Centred: The City LIT
Facilitating Therapeutic Drumming Workshops
Co Facilitator: Introduction to Dramatherapy.
Co Facilitator: Mask Workshop
Tutor: Introduction to Counselling
Tutor: Skills facilitation - HPD in Counselling
Co Facilitator - Diploma in therapeutic supervision
Co-Facilitator - Facilitating therapeutic groups
Co- Facilitator - Dramatherapy and Equine Facilitated workshops

Equine Facilitated Therapy - Flying with Horses
Horses as Mirrors of Ourselves
working with energy
The moving body in gestalt
Facilitating drumming workshops
Authentic Human Horse equine faciltated therapy
Transforming anger through art
Rape, Sexual Abuse and DID - RASASC
Working with Trauma - RASASC
Working with Trauma - Babette Rothschild
Synergy in groups

Supervision: RASASC, private practice and NHS. Group and indiviual

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Intercultural issues, domestic violence, disability/illness, identity issues, Child Sexual Abuse, addictions and co-dependency
Facilitating therapeutic drumming/percussion workshops.
I work therapeutically with visualisations, sand tray and creative materials

Horse Spirit - Equine Facilitated Person Centred Counselling - in Huthwaite, NG17 2QJ. Accessible by bus or collection can be arranged with prior notice.


Some concessionary spaces available
£60 (Supervision for 1 1/2 hours)

Equine Facilitated Counselling:
Individual 2 hour Session: £80 - £120 dependent upon income
Group Sessions: By arrangement & dependent upon hours.

Further information

Spirit Project Practice: Close to British Rail stations and buses and easily accessible.
No parking restrictions.
Eligible for BACP Accreditation.
Member of UKAHPP

We offer therapy from our tow different practices: Chesterfield Road, Huthwaite NG17 2QJ and Target Health, 121 South Norwood Hill, South Norwood, London SE25.
Equine therapy sessions are close to our practice in Huthwaite.

Maps & Directions

London, SE25 6DD
Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 2QJ

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: sinhala


daytime and evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training


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