Dr Kanchana Gunaratna

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London, EC4M
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About me

Hello, I am Kanchi, I approach therapy as a collaborative process where you and I are a team working towards your wellbeing. I value the importance of developing a sound, trusting therapeutic relationship with you. I believe this enables therapy to be effective as it will help to draw on your individual strengths and resilience. I try to make the therapeutic arena a safe and comfortable space where you feel able to share issues that are difficult and challenging to address.

I work collaboratively with you to ensure the therapy is bespoke to meet your specific needs.  My goal is to empower you with skills and techniques enabling you to move forward in life, and to maintain progress after therapy is completed.

I use evidence-based therapy, in line with NICE Guidelines to treat adults 18 plus across a diverse range of mental health and psychological difficulties.

I take an integrative approach in my clinical work. I specialize in providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing EMDR, Compassion Focused Therapy CFT - Compassionate Mind Training, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT.

I draw on my clinical experience,diverse skill set and extensive knowledge in the field of Psychology in my clinical work.

I work with individuals with diverse mental health difficulties:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
  • Depression
  • Burnout
  • Stress
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder GAD
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD
  • Health  Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Sleep problems
  • Dermatillomania
  • Trichotillomania
  • Procrastination
  • Rumination
  • Long term conditions such as
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • IBS 
  • Building Resilience

Deliver ‘Building Resilience’ sessions to organisations to help manage and prevent stress//anxiety 

Deliver Long Term Conditions Groups - Chronic pain and Chronic Fatigue Groups


For Testimonials:


Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I am registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC). I have a breadth and depth of experience in the principles and application in the field of psychology which spans over 30 years. I am a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist registered with the British Association for Behavioural  & Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). Additionally I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and a member of the EMDR Association UK  and Ireland.

I am trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy(CFT) (Compassionate Mind Training).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists. BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Dermatillomania
  • Procrastination
  • Resilience


£110.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • BUPA
  • Cigna
  • Vitality

When I work

Clinic hours:

Mon- 9.30am – 3.00pm

Tues-9.30am – 3.00pm

Wed- 9.30am – 3.00pm 

Further information

I have experience of working with a wide array of individuals with varied mental health difficulties, both within the Private and Public sector organisations. I have worked at many NHS Trusts such as the St Thomas  and Guys Pain Management Unit, St George’s University Hospital NHS Trust  as well as within various other NHS and IAPT( Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services. 

My areas of special interest:


My Doctoral thesis is on Occupational Stress and Psychological Well-being. This has given me a unique and in depth understanding of the impact of stress (and anxiety) on an individual’s well-being. I have an understanding of how excessive anxiety and/or depression can result in various other mental health difficulties. I have a thorough understanding of the impact of personal/organisational factors on an individual’s  overall well-being and the value and importance of Work-Life balance.

Long term conditions (LTC)

I have trained in Long Term Conditions at St Thomas and Guys NHS Trust . I treat individuals as well as run group sessions. My approach enables individuals to see how they can lead a valued and fulfilling life despite their Long Term Condition(s). 

I have written and delivered 10 week LTC groups for the NHS integrating CBT, ACT and CFT ( for individuals with  Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).

I have written and deliver ‘Building Resilience’ sessions for organisations to help manage and help prevent stress/anxiety. 

Type of session


Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

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Dr Kanchana Gunaratna
Dr Kanchana Gunaratna