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Sanduni Silva

I've worked across a broad range of mental health services within the public and private sectors. My previous roles have included working as a Counsellor for Headspace and the City of Casey local government, a Provisional Psychologist at Epworth Hospital working with patients who have experienced traumatic brain injuries, strokes, cancer and other life altering physical health conditions. I've also facilitated a 10-week Trauma and Eating Disorders Group Therapy program and worked as a Child Protection case worker. I've completed two seperate Masters degrees in both Counselling and Clinical Psychology. Having the dual lens as both a counsellor and a psychologist allows me to combine the relational humanistic and

emotionally supportive focus from counselling with the clinical, assessment, diagnosis and treatment focus in clinical psychology. This training and experience gives me the best of both worlds, so that I can deliver evidence-based, clinically effective psychological treatments in a way that is genuine, validating, adapted to you and emphasises the therapeutic relationship. 

What I Can Help With

  • Trauma (PTSD and CPTSD)

  • Racism and racial trauma

  • Attachment difficulties (including support managing anxious, avoidant or fearful avoidant attachment styles)

  • Relationship difficulties

  • ​Difficulty with emotional regulation 

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Social phobia

  • Panic attacks

  • Perfectionism

  • Procrastination

  • Building self-confidence

  • Body image and appearance concerns

  • Anger management

  • Stress and overwhelm

  • Family conflict

  • Family violence / intimate partner violence

  • Challenges faced by LGBTIQ+ and CALD communities

    Languages Spoken: Sinhalese & English


  • Masters of Clinical Psychology, Swinburne University

  • Masters of Counselling, Monash University

  • Advanced Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Honours), Monash University

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, The University of Melbourne

  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Melbourne

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Counselling Association (ACA)

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

How I Can Help

I have been trained in a range of modalities of therapeutic modalities which I apply based on what is evidence based and most helpful for your unique circumstances. Modalities incorporated in my approach include:​​​

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)

  • Attachment Theory in Practice

  • Schema Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Practice

  • Dialectic and Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Solution Focused Therapy

  • Person Centred Therapy

  • Interpersonal Therapy

Couples Counselling Modalities

  • The Gottman Method

  • Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples

  • Attachment Theory in Practice

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