Insight Psychological Therapists - Lesley Xu

Lesley Xu, Practicum Intern Therapist, (She/Her)

I believe that all people experience pain in some way in their lives, but everyone has the capacity to work through that pain with their inner resources, resilience, and strength. My role is to work with you to unravel those resources to live a meaningful life guided by what is important to you.

*NOTE: our Practicum Intern (Student) Therapists offer reduced rates for counselling support. Please be aware that FEES WILL BE NON-REIMBURSABLE by Extended Health Care Benefit Plans.

More About Lesley Xu

I am currently a Master of Counselling student in my final year. I believe we are all influenced by interactions, thoughts, and feelings that occur in our day-to-day life. Particularly, the relationships that we build with other individuals that shape us from the moment we are born. No matter what your challenges are, I am here to meet you where you are at to focus on what really matters.

I have over 7 years of professional experience supporting people of all ages with a variety of mental health needs. My experience includes working with high-risk youth, survivors of sexual assault, marginalized populations, individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, university students, and as an advocate for children and families navigating the criminal justice system.

The theoretical approaches that I draw on are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focused approaches, Attachment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Client-Centered, and Mindfulness Techniques. Every single person differs in what they need, and I utilize a variety of techniques so I can walk with you to understand your story.


Lesley, what is your favourite quote?

“Safety is not the absence of threat, it is the presence of connection” – Dr. Gabor Maté


Master of Counselling (in progress)

Bachelor of Arts (Major: Psychology, Minor: Sociology)


Canadian Psychological Association (Student Member)

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (Student Member)

Psychologists Association of Alberta (Student Member)


Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1

Indigenous Canada (University of Alberta)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in Practice

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) Level 1

Trauma Informed Care (AHS)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)


  • English

I specialize in:

  • Family Issues
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
Entrepreneur Care
  • Stress Management
Other Areas
  • Stress Management
Thrive (Child & Youth)
  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Child & Youth Stress and Trauma
  • Family Issues
  • Issues Related to Bullying
  • Teen's Mental Health
Trauma Care
  • Abuse
  • Trauma

I have experience in:

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Child & Youth Anxiety
  • Child & Youth Depression
  • Child & Youth Self Esteem Issues
  • Childhood Development Issues
  • Children & Youth 10 to 12 Years
  • Children & Youth 13 to 15 Years
  • Children & Youth 16 to 17 Years
  • Children & Youth 6 to 9 Years
  • Coming Out
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Couples Counselling
  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTQ2S+ Issues
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Parenting Issues & Support
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Sexual Assault and Abuse
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Weight & Eating Disorders
  • Workplace Stress
  • Workplace Trauma

My treatment approaches:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy