Nirosha Sirisena

Counsellor and Psychotherapist | MBACP (Accredited)
Working with individuals and couples in Shoreditch, London and Online

Hi, I’m Nirosha!

I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Through my work for organisations such as Trauma Psychotherapy Scotland and Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health, I have 15 years of experience counselling clients suffering a range of symptoms from depression and acute anxiety through to trauma and P.T.S.D.

I also specialise in working with individuals looking to bring more fulfilment and authenticity into their lives. Having worked in the corporate sector for over 15 years, I appreciate the feeling of emptiness and not living true to one’s deeper sense of self.

I know there is a goodness and infinite potential in each and every one of us, no matter what has happened to us or what we think about ourselves. It’s a space where blame, shame and loneliness are displaced by love, compassion and belonging.

It was this intention and longing to tap into ever deeper aspects of my being that took me on a 5-year journey to India and Bhutan in 2010, where I studied the ancient teachings under the guidance of spiritual teachers, partook in silent meditation retreats, and faced myself with increasing dollops of self-compassion. It is with this same intention and understanding that I hold a space for others in the therapeutic process, to be able to experience their innate goodness through a kind and compassionate curiosity.

Hi, I’m Nirosha!

I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Through my work for organisations such as Trauma Psychotherapy Scotland and Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health, I have 15 years of experience counselling clients suffering a range of symptoms from depression and acute anxiety through to trauma and P.T.S.D.

I also specialise in working with individuals looking to bring more fulfilment and authenticity into their lives. Having worked in the corporate sector for over 15 years, I appreciate the feeling of emptiness and not living true to one’s deeper sense of self.

I know there is a goodness and infinite potential in each and every one of us, no matter what has happened to us or what we think about ourselves. It’s a space where blame, shame and loneliness are displaced by love, compassion and belonging.

It was this intention and longing to tap into ever deeper aspects of my being that took me on a 5-year journey to India and Bhutan in 2010, where I studied the ancient teachings under the guidance of spiritual teachers, partook in silent meditation retreats, and faced myself with increasing dollops of self-compassion. It is with this same intention and understanding that I hold a space for others in the therapeutic process, to be able to experience their innate goodness through a kind and compassionate curiosity.

“It may be that when we no longer know what to do
, we have come to our real work – and that when we no longer know which way to go,
 we have come to our real journey.”

– Wendell Berry –

What I Do, & How I Can Help

I help individuals heal from trauma, anxiety and depression to develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with themselves and with others.

No two people are the same. I therefore tailor my approach and use different therapeutic modalities to support you to understand and integrate your body, mind and spirit and make sense of yourself in how you respond to life events, love or pain, in order to regain clarity, grounding, sense of self and dignity.

As well as working cognitively, I work somatically as trauma and stress affect the body. I have 20 years of meditation experience and therefore include mindfulness and somatic based reflective practices in the sessions.

I also work with couples and provide them with the tools to be able to communicate genuinely and authentically in a safe and trusting environment.

The milieu in which all this takes place is one of compassion and kindness. When we judge ourselves or others, we cannot see the truth. Developing a compassionate curiosity is the backdrop and attitude in which healing and new possibilities can emerge.

“Let your curiosity be greater than your fear.”

– Pema Chödrön –