OUSL Counselling Unit – Psychology and Counseling

OUSL Counselling Unit

Someone to listen…..

As the affairs we go through daily become more complex in present day environment, we are faced with many challenges in life, you may have had a long day at work, unable to complete assignments on deadline, an argument with your spouse, may be your children are not behaving like they “should”, or you may just have something that is bothering you for no apparent reason.

Although you may handle life’s challenges on your own, sometimes a little outside help, a different or more objective point of view, can help you with putting your problems in different perspective and handling them more effectively, where the professional service we deliver at the counselling unit could help a great deal

Our Goal

The OUSL Counselling Unit aims to offer confidential and professional help to all enrolled students and staff members. We recognize the need to promote mental health and wellbeing of our students and staff. The OUSL Counselling Unit is administered by the Dept. of Psychology & Counselling.

How we can help…

The Counselling Unit will be committed to meet the needs of all students and staff members of the OUSL and we strive to create an environment where you can feel at home.

With Counselling, you have the opportunity to open up about your difficulties in a confidential, non-judgmental setting.

  • Stress, depression, and anxiety related issues
  • Educational problems
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Relationship and family issues
  • Workplace related issues
  • Psychological problems
  • Addiction difficulties
  • Self-esteem, confidence issues
  • Peer pressure
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The counselling service is FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL.

The Counselling Unit will provide the following services:


Work with the counsellor individual basis to address personal or emotional problems which may impact your academic, professional, or daily life.
Groups can provide an opportunity to explore oneself through view of others, provide platform to relate others, benefit from their experiences and support while offering them your own(Small Group workshops)

Note: All the members of the group must commit to confidentiality..

The workshops conducted promoting mental health and skill training. They will be designed upon the requirements of respective departments or student facilities.

Please contact counsellors to get further information about workshops.


Webinar to mark The World Mental Health         


Developing Life Skill for Mental Wellbeing – Seminar I – Decision Making Skills

“Healthy Mind – Healthy Life” Seminar 7 “Maintaining Healthy Relationships”

“Healthy Mind – Healthy life” Seminar 6 “Online education and the impact on Mental Health of our children”

“Healthy Mind – Healthy life” Seminar 5 Global and Local Responses to the Mental Health and Psychosocial
Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A View from Sri Lanka

“Healthy Mind – Healthy life” Seminar 4 “අහිමි වීමේ දුක සහ වේදනාව සමඟ කටයුතු කිරීම”

“Healthy Mind – Healthy life” Seminar 3 “පමණ ඉක්මවා සිතීම නවත්වා ගනිමු”

“Healthy Mind – Healthy life” Seminar 2 “BOOST Your Self Confidence”

Maintaining  Healthy Relationships

Mindfulness Exercises for coping with Stress and Anxiety / මානසික ආතතිය හා කාාංසාව සමග සාර්ථකව කටයුතු කිරීම සඳහා සතිමත් බව පුහුණු කිරීම

PARENTING TIPS DURING COVID-19 / කොවිඩ්-19 සමයේදී නව දෙමාපිය භූමිකාව සාර්ථක කරගැනීමට පියවර

COVID-19 උවදුර තුළ මානසික යහපැවැත්ම ළඟා කර ගැනීම සඳහා උපදෙස්


”Effective Coping Skills” – SEMINAR 8  (“කෝපය සමඟ ධනාත්මකව කටයුතු කිරීම”/ “Dealing positively with anger”) 

ඔබේ වැඩ-ජීවන සමතුලිතතාවය වැඩි දියුණු කර ගැනීමට නම්…. / How to Improve Your Work-Life Balance

නැවත, නැවත, නැවතත්….. ග්‍රස්ථිය අනිවාර්යතා අක්‍රමතාව පිළිබඳ ඔබ දැනුවත්ද ? / Again and again and again…Are you aware of Obssessive Compulsive Disoder?

විෂාදය පිළිබඳ ඔබ දැන ගත යුතු කරුණු……. / Depression  Fact Sheet

“කංසාව” පිළිබඳ ඔබ දැනයත යුතු කරුණු / Things you should know about “Anxiety”

Webinar to mark The World Mental Health Day

Stress Management – Flyer (Sinhala)

Stress Management – Flyer (English)

Zoom session – Mindfulness Exercises – Flyer

අවිනිශ්චිත කාල පරිච්ඡේදයකදී දවස ගත කිරීම අභියෝගයක් නම්…

Psychological adjustment to serious illnesses & negative life events by Dr. M.P. Dissanayake

Self Care during COVID 19 Pendemic

Mindfulness Exercise – During COVID 19 Pendemic

Expand Counselling Service

Care about your self and your loved ones

As we contribute for quality education, we provide tailormade skill training and staff development programs in counselling and psychology for the academic and non-academic staff members.


Consultation Hours:

Our counsellor will be available at the Counselling Unit, OUSL Health Centre – Nawala, on   Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.00pm.

Drop-in at the Counselling Unit

Meet a Counsellor at one of the above consultation hours, on a first-come, first-served basis and/or by appointment at the Counselling Unit.

Counselling Unit
Healthcare Centre
The Open University of Sri Lanka
Nawala, Nugegoda

Make an appointment:

Telephone : 0112881361 (Ext: 361)Please call during working hours of counsellor

Mobile      : 070 251 0820 (WhatsApp Calls available)
Email: counsellor@ou.ac.lk


Our Counsellors……..

Mrs. Hema Ranawake (Psychological Counsellor)

Educational Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) – University of Colombo -1996
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology – University of Colombo- 2014
  • Certified NLP Practitioner (American Board of NLP)- 2020
  • Diploma in Primary teacher traning-2010

Professional Qualifications

  • Senior Manager (Alokaya Counselling Centre, Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka)-2018-2019
  • Locum Counsellor (Alokaya Counselling Centre, Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka)-2015-2017
  • Lecturer -Certificate course in Drama Therapy- SRH Institute-Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka- since 2016
  • Voluntary Counsellor- Faculty of Science, University of Colombo
  • Visiting Lecturer- NISD- Since 2015
  • Voluntary Counsellor -Sahanaya, National Council for Mental Health. Colombo- 2015-2017
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