Welcome to the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Colombo, Sri Lanka
“mens sana in corpore sano” - (a healthy mind in a healthy body)
Welcome to the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Sri Lanka website. Our aim is to provide and promote positive mental health and wellness services and education and training opportunities for all. We have been operating successfully since our inception in Colombo 03 in August 2007 as a private educational and research institute and we conduct regular short-duration small group and individual courses and training programs in general psychology, counseling and psychotherapy, life coaching, child psychology, educational psychology, abnormal psychology, and the psychology of addiction and substance abuse. We also conduct regular public seminars and workshops on relevant and important topics related to Psychology and Mental Health in Colombo and Kandy.
We also provide confidential and personalized psychological counseling and psychotherapy sessions and consultations on request for individuals (teens, adults, couples, elderly citizens) and groups. Clinical hypnotherapy consultations and sessions are also made available for students, clients, organizations and the general public for effective relaxation and stress management, phobia cure, overcoming anxiety and mild depression and for achieving accelerated behavioural changes and personal growth.
Please take some time to explore this site and drop us a line if you require any more information or clarification about our professional and confidential counseling and psychotherapy services, clinical hypnotherapy services, our psychology and mental health related courses/classes, or if you have any other suggestions or comments.
We wish you health and happiness and we look forward to hear from you soon!
Opening Days and Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
Honorary Patron of the IMH
H.E. Amb. Maj. Gen. Lord Dr. Kumar Divakar Chandra Sarkar, MD, DPS(Public Service), DIA (International Affairs & Human Rights), PhD (Arbitration), LHD (Human Laws), DM (Business Management & HRD), DHS. - Secretary General & Ambassador at Large Extraordinary, International Board of Directors & Trustees, ICDRHRP UN-IGO (California, USA).
IMH Board of Management
Amb. Dr. Sir Romesh Jayasinghe, OLS, KStI, KGCOMR, K.St.J., Ph.D.(Psy.), Dh.C.(Florida), B.Sc.(USA), FRSPH(UK), FTBCCT(UK), Grad.Dip.Ed.(London), MBCS(UK), M.Inst.Psy, H.I.Dip.(Compl. Therapies), Dip.Human Rights (SL) - Founder and Director of Studies. Vice President for South Asia, Ambassador at Large Extraordinary and High Commissioner for Social Economy and Mental Health Science, ICDRHRP UN-IGO, (California, USA)
Mrs. J. A. Shiranee Jayasinghe, LL.B.(SL), Dip.Mgmt(SL), Attorney-at-Law, Notary Public, Commissioner for Oaths, Registered Company Secretary Academic and Examinations Registrar
Dr. Kalharie Pitigala, Ph.D.(Uni. of Colombo), MBS (Uni. of Colombo), B.Sc. (Psy.), B.Sc.(Hons.), Adv.Dip.Coun.Psy.(SL), Dip.Psy.C.(SL) Dip.Edu.Psy. Senior Lecturer, Psychotherapist and Deputy Academic Registrar
Dr. Priyangi Puvanenthirarasa, MBBS(India), MITBCCT(UK), Dip.Psyc.C.(SL), Dip.CAP(SL)
Ms. Udhara Munasinghe, B.Sc., M.Sc., PG.Dip.(Counselling & Psychosocial Support) MITBCCT(UK), CLC
Ms. Lakmi Hettiaratchi, B.A.(Bangalore), MITBCCT(UK), M.Sc. Business Psychology (UK)
Ms. Chathuni Indunil Jayasena, B.A.(Special) First Class Hons. (Philosophy and Psychology), Adv.Dip.Psychotherapy (SL) Dip. Couns. Psych.(SL)
Workplace Emotional Health Programme
Employee assistance programme which provides a dedicated hotline service.
Emotional Resilience Programme
Workshops designed to teach skills and coping techniques related to resilience.
Crisis Management Consultancy
Customised workshop for organisations to better manage workplace crises.
The Institute of Mental Health is an Affiliate Organization Member of the World Federation for Mental Health - WFMH, USA.
The IMH is Accredited with a 5 Star Grading by The International Commission for Diplomatic Relations, Human Rights and Peace (ICDRHRP), Inter-Governmental Organization (IGO), California, USA.
The Institute of Mental Health is an Affiliated Institution of Medicina Alternativa (MA) and The Open International University for Complementary Medicines (Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka) Charter of Medicina Alternativa, Alma Ata, 1962.
The Institute of Mental Health is Affiliated with the International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA), USA, via its Founder and Director Dr. Sir Romesh Jayasinghe who is an Individual Member of the IVETA, USA.
Affiliated with The Canadian Health Sciences Institute (TCHSI), IGO, Canada.
The IMH is a Member of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL), New Zealand.
NOTE / DISCLAIMER: This group will not be moderated by a physician, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease or prescribe medicine. By reading from & participating in this group, you understand & accept that no person, neither the Administrators, Officers, nor any Group Member will be held responsible for the content of this page that you employ or subscribe to in your own life. Each member and participant should consult her/his own, primary health & wellness care providers regarding specific, wellness safety & healing indications. This group simply, serves as a collective, community gathering place to give and receive support, information & share a common interest.
Our aim is to provide and promote positive mental health and wellness services and psychology education and training opportunities for all in Sri Lanka. We have been operating successfully since our inception in Colombo 03 in 2007 as a private educational institute and we conduct regular short-duration small group and individual courses and training programs in counselling and psychotherapy, child psychology, general and applied psychology and mental health leading to the final award of the IMH Diploma in Psychology & Counselling.
We also provide confidential and personalized psychological counseling and psychotherapy sessions and consultations on request for individuals (teens, adults, couples, elderly citizens) and groups. Hypnotherapy self-hypnosis Audio CD’s are also made available for sale to our students, clients, organizations and the general public for effective relaxation and stress management and for achieving accelerated cognitive-behavioural change and personal growth.
At present, all our counselling and educational & training services and courses are conducted only in the English language medium of communication and instruction.
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Carl Rogers was an American psychologist and among the founders of the humanistic or client-centered approach to psychology. He was a pioneer in using, writing about and defining empathy. Here is one of his later definitions of empathy.
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"...let me attempt a description of empathy which would seem satisfactory to me today. I would no longer be terming it a "state of empathy," because I believe it to be a process, rather than a state. Perhaps I can capture that quality.
The way of being with another person which is termed empathic has several facets.
[Note: Feeling your way into the others experience?]
1. It means entering the private perceptual world of the other and becoming thoroughly at home in it.
2. It involves being sensitive, moment to moment, to the changing felt meanings which flow in this other person, to the fear or rage or tenderness or confusion or whatever, that he/she is experiencing.
3. It means temporarily living in his/her life, moving about in it delicately without making judgments, sensing meanings of which he/she is scarcely aware, but not trying to uncover feelings of which the person is totally unaware, since this would be too threatening.
4. It includes communicating your sensings of his/her world as you look with fresh and unfrightened eyes at elements of which the individual is fearful. It means frequently checking with him/ her as to the accuracy of your sensings, and being guided by the responses you receive.
5. You are a confident companion to the person in his/her inner world. By pointing to the possible meaning in the flow of his/her experiencing you help the person
a. to focus on this useful type of referent,
b. to experience the meanings more fully, and
c. to move forward in the experiencing.
6. To be with another in this way means that for the time being you lay aside the views and values you hold for yourself in order to enter another's world without prejudice. In some sense it means that you lay aside yourself and this can only be done by a person who is secure enough in himself that he knows he will not get lost in what may turn out to be the strange or bizarre world of the other, and can comfortably return to his own world when he wishes
Perhaps this description makes clear that being empathic is a complex, demanding, strong yet subtle and gentle way of being."