Harshani Algiriya

Senior Counsellor

BA, PGDCP, MA Counselling, Dip Clinical Hypnotherapy

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Harshani Algiriya - Senior Counsellor at Counselling in Melbourne

My goal is to show you that with new direction and approaches, you really can see the changes in life you want.

With the world interconnected and always switched on in ways like never before, your mental health can quickly feel like an afterthought. The constant pressure of managing your personal relationships, work stresses and social anxiety of a post COVID environment can gradually overtake you day by day until you find it hard to imagine life without them.

My goal is to show you that with new direction and purpose and the way you approach mental health, you really can see and experience the changes in life you want. Not only that, but you can also do it in a way that makes you proud of the journey you’ve taken and the steps you’ve put in place to grow.

Reaching out and asking for help isn’t a sign of failure, it’s a sign that you want to start living your life and to achieve the outcomes you deserve.

No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what you do for a living, your mental health deserves the same level of support and care as everyone else. From the moment you start viewing yourself in this positive, uplifting way, you’ll start to see that with the right guidance and support you can get to where you want to be.

From the moment you connect, we can walk the journey together.

Begin your healing process in three easy steps

Step 1

Book an appointment online or over the phone.

Step 2

Speak with a qualified psychologist or counsellor.

Step 3

Work with me to rediscover the real you!

Areas of specialty

Couples counselling is a therapy that can help you understand your partner in a more profound sense. We come across issues such as feeling unhappy in the relationship or being in abusive family life. Sometimes we could feel abandoned or isolated within the relationship without having many resources to help find answers.

Couples counselling can help both of you to explore and navigate your relationship in a more satisfying and interactive space. In my work for supporting clients, I use Emotion Focused Therapy and Gottman Therapy as key approaches to help the couple. The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship and integrate research-based interventions based on the sound relationship house theory. Gottman Method Couples Therapy goals are to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect, and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy and make a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.

We all have experiences in our lives associated with adverse events in life. As our negative experiences are improving their repetition, this could lead to building up negative cognitions such as “I’m not good enough”, “I’m not lovable” and many more. In 1990 psychologist Francine Shapiro developed a new type of psychotherapy known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR. EMDR therapy is an effective treatment option for people suffering from anxiety, panic, PTSD, or trauma. It’s a way to get past your past.

EMDR incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) with bilateral eye movements or other forms of rhythmic, left-right stimulation. One of the key elements of EMDR is “dual stimulation.” During treatment, you are asked to think or talk about memories, triggers, and painful emotions while simultaneously focusing on your therapist’s moving finger with your eyes as it moves back and forth across your field of vision. Using bilateral movements has evidence-based accuracy to increase detached anxiety provoking traumatic memories in life.

Anxiety has many levels and kinds of anxieties. It’s important to understand that everyone is going through anxiety and depression at different levels in their lives. People usually feel trapped or insecure when they are anxious and feel powerless and have less control when depressed. We typically go through many episodes in life that could add distress to our ongoing anxiety or depression.

Understanding and recognising the underpinning thoughts and triggers to anxiety and depression is helpful to know how our brain responds to stimuli around that. EMDR is highly acknowledged for its effectiveness in anxiety and depression. In my practice, I use CBT, Mindfulness therapy, DBT, expressive therapy and narrative therapy to help my clients with depression and anxiety.

Significant losses in our life could make us feel shattered. Sometimes it can appear as anger, irritability, physical pain, bodily stress, restlessness, sleeplessness, depression, loneliness, fear, or hostility. Grief is the process we go through to reach the acceptance of the loss we had. In our busy lifestyles, sometimes we don’t see the importance of taking time to grieve and eventually suppress our feelings with many unprocessed memories leaving us unattended.

EMDR is a type of therapy helping people process their loss and find inner peace. When using bilateral movements to process grief and loss, we use a specific loss from the recent past or an old wound lingering for many years. The therapist work with the client to work on all unprocessed memories associated with the loss and support them to process and metabolise in your system. This result reduces emotional pain and increases the ability to detach the memory. This allows the client to have a clearer sense of loss and integrate them with a positive cognition.

Parenting counselling sessions for parents to support understanding their children and provide the best parenting support for their children with unique techniques. You can attend these sessions individually or with your partner. I use an evidence-based culture-sensitive trauma-informed framework to support my clients to increase parenting tools and strategies to work with their children. Every session is different based on the client’s needs and tailor-made to reach the client’s goals.

I can work alongside you to support you to recognise the needs of your child or the teenager. Working on communication issues, managing conflicts, and supporting your child’s inner needs could be challenging for many of us. With the proper support you need, parenting can be more enjoyable, exciting and grateful work.

Cultural competency in therapy is paramount to recognise the client’s needs and understand their emotional identity. Identity dictates our choices and relates to our fundamental values. These choices reflect who we are and what we need in our lives. Cultural identity remarks upon the place, gender, race, history, nationality, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and ethnicity. We rely on cultural identity to help shape our personalities and form our defences. All my sessions are culturally informed and allow my clients to understand themselves better while empowering their cultural values.

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903 – 530 Little Collins St Melbourne CBD, VIC 3000

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861B Waverley Road, Glen Waverley, VIC 3150 (second level)


Shop 4, 860 Collins St Docklands, VIC 3081

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Online Counselling sessions are available.

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Eligibility Criteria for Reduced Online Counselling Fees:

  1. a person who does do not hold a concession card but has suffered from a reduction in pay
  2. a person who is a sole trader or own their own business
  3. a person who is employed but has been instructed to work from home and has suffered from a reduction in pay
  4. a person who is under the age of 70
  5. a person who is under the age of 50 and is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  6. a person who is not pregnant
  7. If you are a parent, you must still pay a gap if your child is over 12 months.
  8. if you are a parent, you must still pay a gap if your child does not require treatment for chronic health conditions/ compromised immune system.