Hashara Fernando

MPsych (Ed & Dev.); Grad Dip Prof. Psych; BSc

Hashara joined Reconnexion as a support line volunteer in 2018, where she gained extensive experience in supporting callers in managing benzodiazepine withdrawal, sleep difficulties, depression, and anxiety-related symptoms. She completed her master’s degree in psychology and joined the Reconnexion team as a Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Counsellor in 2022.

Hashara will work collaboratively with you to understand your needs, your goals and your unique circumstances. She uses a strength-based approach when supporting you through your benzodiazepine reduction and provides strategies to assist you to address challenges that may arise during the withdrawal process. Her therapeutic practice includes psychoeducation, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, building mindfulness strategies, and emotional regulation skills.

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