Kushlani is a practicing SLMC licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 8 years of experience in the field. She works with children, adolescents, families, adults, couples, and older persons within a culturally sensitive therapeutic framework that values individual differences, client-agency, and integrity. Among the areas of her focus are, psychological disorders, trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, issues related to all forms of relationships, marital conflict, sexual dysfunctions, pre-marital issues, and challenges associated with sexual orientation and gender identity. Advocating for community awareness on mental health and psychosocial challenges, positive coping, and marginalized populations, especially sexually and gender diverse persons is closest to Kushlani’s heart.
She approaches her work through an integrative psychotherapeutic lens, using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Violet Oaklander Method of working with children, Psychological First Aid (PFA), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). In addition, she conducts neuropsychological/scholastic assessments for children and adolescents with special needs and liaises with parents, educational establishments, and the Ministry of Health to support the implementation of individualized educational plans (IEPs). She also offers individualized parent training programs to support parents and families having children with special needs.
Kushlani also enjoys her work as a visiting lecturer of psychology and counselling. She is currently teaching at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo, and the American National College.
She completed a B.A (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Delhi in 2007 and an MPhil in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colombo, in 2012. She is currently reading for her PhD in Psychology from the University of Colombo. Her study explores the life experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexually-identifying adults in Colombo.