About the Therapists

Spirit Project

Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre for women

CPD Training for Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Meet the Therapists

Maya Gagni

I am a Person-Centered Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Dramatherapist, Trainer ,Groupworker and Equine Assisted Therapist with an extensive experience in working with clients, teaching and group facilitation.


I have a wide experience in working with a variety of issues including: abuse, domestic violence, addiction(s), depression, PTSD, self-harm, trauma, child related issues, cultural issues, eating disorders, general counselling, identity issues, sexual identity and spirituality.


In my work I can bring creativity such as: visual arts, masks, puppets, music and movement. I speak Italian fluently.


Besides working for the Practice I also facilitate Personal Development Workshops, Dramatherapy groups, Equine Assisted Therapy groups, CPD Workshops for therapists and counsellors . For seven years I have managed a counselling service for women affected by domestic violence and now work for IAPT services and in private practice.


My teaching has been based in a variety of settings including Adult Education colleges, private colleges, charities, organisations, staff teams and private practice. I have facilitated a number of groups for women who have experienced trauma and abuse in their lives.


In my group facilitation work I bring years of experience in dealing with conflicts and working in groups with clients with severe to mild mental health issues.


I am a BACP Accredited therapist and HCPC Dramatherapist also

member of The National Counselling Society

Shirani Situnayake

I am a Person-Centered Counsellor, Supervisor, Equine Assisted Therapist, Trainer and Group Facilitator with extensive experience of client work, facilitating groups and teaching trainees and qualified therapists.


I have a deep understanding and experience of working with a variety of issues, particularly those effecting women: child sexual abuse, domestic violence, self-harm, addictions, eating issues, sexual identity and cultural identity as well as general counselling.


Besides working for the Practice I facilitate Drumming workshops, CPD training for counsellors/psychotherapists and one-to-one/group Equine Facilitated Therapy with my 2 horses.


As a trainer I have facilitated groups in a variety of settings including: Adult Education Colleges, charities, private colleges and private practices. These groups covered a wide range of subjects such as: Counselling, Supervision, Professional Development for counsellors and psychotherapists, drumming and Equine Assisted Therapy groups.


In my group facilitation work I bring an in-depth understanding of working across differences, empathy and congruency. I am a mixed heritage Sri Lankan and have lived in England since I was 7 years old.


I have trained in Horse Whispering with Leanne Milward of Flying with Horses but I am also an experienced and qualified Counsellor.


My work is also informed by my own life journey and it's fractures and I feel I bring a considerable amount of empathy and understanding to my therapeutic work.


I am passionately connected to the natural world and the wildness within ourselves, that may be called forth by this relationship.

I am a member of the UKAHPP.


Besides English I speak basic Sinhala.