Insight Psychological Therapists - Selina Kanagasuriam

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Selina Kanagasuriam, Therapist, (She/Her)

I am a compassionate and empathetic counsellor who is dedicated to helping individuals navigate through life’s challenges. I am currently completing my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.  I resonate most with a client-centred approach but I am also committed to tailoring my therapeutic approach to meet the unique needs of each individual. I believe that everyone possesses inner strengths, and I am committed to helping each one of you uncover and utilize these strengths to overcome any difficulties you may be facing.

*NOTE: Our Post-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 Selina Kanagasuriam

As a South Asian Canadian, I have been shaped by a rich tapestry of cultures and spiritualities that have infused my life with diversity and a deep appreciation for the human experience. With a holistic approach, I am committed to helping others on their journey towards self-improvement and fulfillment.

Having grown up navigating the complexities of acculturation, discrimination, family conflicts, and adjustment, I have developed a deep understanding of the challenges many individuals face. I am passionate about supporting and empowering those who seek to become the best versions of themselves, and I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental space for my clients.

In my counseling practice, I draw from a diverse range of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Strengths-Based Therapy, and Humanistic approaches. I tailor my approach to meet the unique needs and goals of each client, recognizing that everyone’s journey is different.

In addition to my professional work, I am an active volunteer, dedicating my time and skills to working with youth and children over the age of 10. I am passionate about helping young individuals navigate the challenges of adolescence and supporting them in their personal growth and development.

I believe that life is a continuous journey of growth and self-discovery, and I am committed to walking alongside my clients as they explore their own paths. With a caring, supportive, and non-judgmental mindset, I am dedicated to helping individuals embrace their diverse identities, overcome challenges, and cultivate a fulfilling life. My mission is to empower my clients to harness their inner strengths and resources, and to provide them with the tools and support they need to thrive on their unique journey towards self-improvement and well-being.


What is your favourite quote?

“Vulnerability is not winning or losing. It’s having the courage to show up when you can’t control the outcome.” -Brené Brown

What do you think the world needs more of?

Forgiveness, kindness and unity


Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology


Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association


Trauma-Informed Care- Alberta Health Services

Suicide Intervention Skills: Promoting Life

Dementia: Strategies for Supporting

Harm Reduction: A Framework for Change, Choice, and Control

Basic Diagnosis & Assessment of Maternal Mental Illness in Forensics


  • English

I have experience in:

  • Adolescent and Teen Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Adults
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Changes in Health
  • Child & Youth Anxiety
  • Child & Youth Depression
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Cross Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Difficult People
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Family Issues
  • Family Violence
  • Female Sexual Issues
  • Food or Eating Issues
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Handling Chronic Illness & Chronic Pain
  • Intercultural and Interracial Relationships
  • Loss of Employment
  • Loss of a Loved One
  • Loss of a Preterm Child
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
  • Out of Control Shopping
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Relationship Dependence
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Stress Management
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Trauma
  • Weight & Eating Disorders
  • Workplace Stress

My treatment approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Existential Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy