Dr Kanchana Gunaratna

Dr Kanchana Gunaratna

Dr. Kanchi Gunaratna

Psychology 30040162


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Specialises in

  • Behaviour Therapy
  • CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)


  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Video and telephone consultations

About me

I am a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) 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 spanning 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).

I have experience of working with a wide range of people 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.
I also have a special interest in stress and its impact on people's Psychological Wellbeing. 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 a person. Additionally, how excessive anxiety can result also in depression (and vice versa) and other mental health difficulties including Burnout. I have a thorough understanding of the impact of Organisational and personal factors on a person’s overall well-being and the importance and the value of a good Work-Life balance.
I have written and deliver ‘Building Resilience’ sessions to organisations to manage as well as prevent stress/anxiety.

I value the importance of developing a sound, trusting therapeutic relationship with you. 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 think about and address. I believe a safe space enables therapy to be effective as it will help you build and draw on your strengths and resilience.
I will work collaboratively with you to ensure the therapy is bespoke to meet your specific needs. It is a team effort. My aim is to empower you with skills and techniques enabling you to move forward in life. To build and expand on the skills you have, making you more resilient and able to manage your difficulties. Most importantly, for you to continue to maintain the progress you have made, after therapy is completed.
I use evidence-based therapy, in line with NICE Guidelines to treat adults across a diverse range of mental health and psychological difficulties.
I take an integrative approach in my clinical work, delivering CBT, ACT, CFT and EMDR.
Our goals in therapy is the same that is Your Wellbeing.

STRESS (and Anxiety)
I have an understanding of how excessive anxiety and/or depression can result in various mental health difficulties. I have a thorough understanding of the impact of Organisational and other factors on a person’s overall Well-being and the value and importance of Work-Life balance.

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 people 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 (for individuals with Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).

Areas of interest


I have worked with individuals with diverse mental health difficulties which are :-

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
Anxiety disorders
Generalised Anxiety Disorder GAD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD
Health Anxiety
Social Anxiety
Panic Disorder
Low Self Esteem
Adjustment Disorder
Sleep problems
Long term conditions such as
Chronic Pain
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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

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

Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions

  • Pain management

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Procedures completed

  • AA809

    Psychology session - (>50)

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