Jayani is an experienced and compassionate clinician who values and respects the client as the expert of their own life.

Jayani Jayatilake holds a Master of Social Work degree and has also completed further units of study in the Master of Counselling course at the University of Queensland. She has extensive experience in working with clients experiencing mental health concerns, as well as in the disability, aged care, complex medical care needs, palliative care, and domestic violence populations. She has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities and clients from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Jayani has both the clinical knowledge and experience to assess and provide treatment options for clients presenting with psychological concerns such as:

  • Depression, bipolar, and other mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Relationship problems
  • Life crises
  • Adjustment issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Therapies and techniques

Some of the therapies and techniques which Jayani incorporates into therapy include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Solution-focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness and relaxation strategies such as visualisation and breathing techniques
  • Compassion-focused Therapy, and
  • Skills training such as –
    • Problem solving
    • Stress management
    • Anger management
    • Social skills
    • Parenting skills

Considering the person with mental health concerns or life challenges is the expert in their own life, Jayani encourages each client to take an active role in their recovery. In therapy, she helps them to recognise their own strengths and enhance their own positive self-identity, resourcefulness and resilience, in a way that supports the client’s recovery from mental health issues, as well as improving their quality of life.

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