Shimali Perera (née Goonetilleke) is a graduate of Art Therapy from Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore and a Registered Art Therapist of ANZACATA (Australian, New Zealand, And Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association – https://www.anzacata.org/). She is also a graduate in Psychology from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, U.S.AAs an Art Psychotherapist her experience is with adults who have misused substances, those experiencing depression, anxiety disorders and children who have experienced trauma due to physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect, children from single parent families, and grief. Shimali has also conducted talks and Art Therapy Experiential workshops for counsellors, doctors, professionals in the co-operate sector, teachers, children, non-governmental organisations and the public in both Sri Lanka and overseas.

She was also a resource person at the public exhibition held in celebration of the ‘World Health Day 2017 – Depression #LetsTalk’ organised by World Health Organization, Sri Lanka, as well as at the ‘World Mental Health Day 2017 – Mental Health in the Workplace’ Public Exhibition, organised by the National Institute of Mental Health, Angoda, and she was invited as a guest speaker at the 43rd Annual Academic Sessions of the College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka.