MPsych (Clinical), BPsychSc (Hons), BScPsych, MAPS
Senali Panditaratne is a dedicated Psychologist committed to engaging with children and their parents, educating them on emotional management techniques to develop healthy coping strategies. Warm & empathetic, her understanding and compassionate nature provides a safe atmosphere for you to explore your barriers and needs. Senali evokes calmness, enabling you to feel comfortable, share your challenges and feel supported to overcome them.
Growing up in a Buddhist household, Senali learnt from a young age how the mind is a powerful tool, and often a source of distress. She believes that if we still the mind we can create peace and contentment. Senali’s unprecedented passion to help others drove her to further her knowledge on the cultivation of the brain. She was destined to follow the path of psychology, exploring how our mental health may negatively impact our wellbeing.
Senali centres her therapy sessions around your goals, providing the guidance and support you need to develop a sustainable, healthier mind. Through her holistic approach, she brings sincerity and encourages collaboration, allowing you to open up and address your barriers.
As an experienced Psychologist at Creating Change, Senali combines a Master of Clinical Psychology, Bachelor of Psychology (Science) and Psychological Science (Hons) degrees, with extensive training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness. Her results speak volumes assisting in the repair of relationship ruptures between parents and their children, whilst successfully reducing challenging behaviours. Building self-confidence in adolescents, she has also successfully reduced perfectionism and procrastination in both high school and university students. Working together with young men is a driver for Senali, helping them to accept their struggles, actively engage in skills to build confidence and gain a better understanding of their mental wellbeing.
In addition to supporting children and parents who have reached their parenting capacity, Senali also treats clients of all ages and has a genuine consideration for men’s mental health. Her level of expertise is evident in the broad range of presentations she treats: behavioural concerns in children, adolescent challenges, parenting strategies, generalised anxiety, depression, mood disorders, sleep issues, parenting stress and adjustment, men’s issues, social anxiety, perfectionism, self-harm, self-esteem, PTSD and Trauma.
Senali’s accomplishments include developing and executing a social skills group for adolescent girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The group engaged in age appropriate games and were provided opportunities to understand and practice interpersonal skills. Senali enlightened both the teenagers and their parents, providing them with a wealth of knowledge, optimistic outcomes and new friendships. Senali has years of research around supporting parents and children with additional needs, specifically conducting research into the experiences of caregiver burden, parental self-efficacy and barriers to service access. Her evaluation of an intervention program for children with intellectual disabilities to determine its efficacy in reaching treatment goals was crucial. Her research has provided insights into how intervention should be adapted, so it is feasible for parents to implement.
Senali is a lover of food. She enjoys watching food programs, cooking classes, experimenting in the kitchen and of course, eating the yummy food she cooks.
"May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears - Nelson Mandela"