Spirit Project

Counselling, Psychotherapy and  Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy for women

We offer online, in-person and phone appointments. 

The project is a partnership of two Counsellors and Psychotherapists: 

Shirani Situnayake and Maya Gagni

It was set up in response to the need to offer a women-only affordable service in Huthwaite (Sutton-in-Ashfield) Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire areas. 

We offer:

  • Person-Centred/Humanistic one-to-one Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Couple Counselling
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Equine Facilitated EMDR 
  • One-to-one and group supervision for trainee and qualified therapists
  • One-to-one and group Dramatherapy
  • Individual and group Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)

We specialise in short-term and long-term contracts,  and our services are open to all adult women.

We have extensive experience in working with a variety of issues including: Autism, anger, abuse, anxiety issues,  addiction(s), depression,  PTSD, self-harm, trauma, child related issues, cultural issues, eating disorders, general issues, identity issues, sexual identity and spirituality.

We abide by BACP Ethical Framework and are members of BACP, NCS and HCPC. The Practice actively promotes an anti-discriminatory and diversity sensitive approach  in supporting clients across communities and abilities . 

Unfortunately we cannot provide a crisis service. In any emergency please either visit your local A&E or your GP. If you live in the UK you can also call the Samaritans on 116 123.                  Outside the UK WhatsApp has a comprehensive list of local services, click here for the list,  or you can visit Befrienders Worldwide www.befrienders.org/

Your Local Council can, at times, pay for your treatment via the Social Care - Direct payments.

Who we are

Hi, I am Maya Gagni

Since qualifying in 2000 I have worked in a number of settings. These have given me a depth of experience and understanding of a number of difficulties.

I can offer you face-to-face and online counselling, couple counselling, EMDR, Supervision, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Equine Facilitated EMDR.

Hi, I am Shirani Situnayake

I have acquired a high degree of experience since qualifying as a counsellor in 2001, working in a variety of environments.

I offer individual counselling, supervision and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.


It is within the herd that I have finally found my voice.....long forgotten but not lost.
Thank you, Cleo and Sultana for allowing me to be part of the herd.

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Thanks to my therapist I am now more assertive and clearer of my needs and therefore more able to live a life that I want rather than what people want.

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Although at the beginning I was very scared of horses, today I realised that the biggest fear was that I could be as powerful as the horses.

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We are recognized with AVIVA, BUPA and many more insurance companies. Call us to check if you are covered. We are also accredited members of BACP and NCS.