Beenuka Shiranthani Kumari Wickramatunge

Psychologist, Co-Founder of Prathibha Psychological Rehabilitation and Resource Center, Visiting Psychologist at Nawaloka Medical Center and Asia Hospital

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Make your passion, your profession.

What do you do?

A psychologist plays an important role in today's world. We help people to have more successful career, healthy relationships, self-confidence, educational success,effective communication skills etc. As a Psychologist working with individuals with Developmental Disabilities, I got the opportunity to teach them necessary skills required to have an independent life in the society. By conducting awareness workshops and trainings in slum areas, I as a team help the children to protect themselves from violence and abuse. By opening a Rehabilitation Center for Individuals with Autism and other related Developmental Disabilities, I am fortunate enough to help them and their families to have a better life.

Why did you choose this field?

I was very fond of reading and watching psychology based stories from a very young age. Among them, "A beautiful mind" movie was my favourite. This love for Psychology led me to write a Psychology - Fiction during my A/L days. I spent months to find details about Schizophrenic patients and their behaviours. And this book won the best science-fiction award in 2007 which was organised by University of Peradeniya. I grew up looking at the quote, my mom once pasted on a wall, which says "Be wise like an owl, listen like an owl". It made me well trained to listen to others from a very young age. This never ending love towards Psychology and my passion for teaching guided me towards the field of Mental Health.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I still remember the day I received my award for the book I wrote, from this renowned personality. He admired it and said "you have a future in this field". I wasn't sure at that point of time. Now I feel extremely happy looking at those memories.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I am a person who loves to take multi disciplinary approach. STEM is the best foundation for people who thinks like I do. My next target is to join in with a Research where I can take a multi disciplinary approach.

Best advice for next generation?

Make your passion, your profession. Go as far as you can. World needs Passionate Professionals.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"Difficult Roads Often Lead To Beautiful Destinations"

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