Thiviyan Sithganesan
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Thiviyan Sithganesan

Therapist / MSW, RSWhe/him/his

Thiviyan is passionate about sharing his wealth of counselling knowledge with clients to equip them with the strategies and techniques needed to manage challenging situations. He prides himself on his ability to break down abstract therapeutic concepts and explain them in a relatable way, using clever examples, metaphors, and activities. He is an open-minded and empathetic practitioner who understands the significance of using a collaborative approach to work alongside his clients as they shape their own journey in therapy.

Offering Sessions in . . .
  • Individual Therapy
  • Relationship + Couples Counselling
I’m the therapist for you if:
  • You have ever wondered how other people seem to be able to express their emotions so vulnerably and wanted to learn how to do this yourself
  • You have gone to therapy before and felt like it wasn’t helpful because it just felt like talking about your problems
  • You have wanted to share the challenges that you are going through with someone but you are hesitant to try because you are afraid of being judged
  • You are looking for a therapist that is going to understand your needs and provide you with the tools to address your specific concerns

Session Types: Individual Therapy, Relationship Therapy, Virtual Therapy

Specialties: Anger, Anxiety, Communication & Conflict Resolution, Cultural Challenges, Depression, Emotional Regulation, Erectile Dysfunction (ED), Health Anxiety, Insomnia, Panic, Phobias, Pornography, Procrastination, Self-Esteem, Social Anxiety, Stress Management, Substance Use, Trauma

Approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method Relational Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Trauma Informed Therapy

Favourite Resources:

  • Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana (Book)
  • The Porn Trap: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography by Wendy Maltz & Larry Maltz
  • @TherapyJeff (TikTok)
More About Thiviyan

After completing his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Waterloo, Thiviyan went on to receive his Master of Social Work from Western University. He is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).

Thiviyan’s practice is first-and-foremost built on a trauma-informed foundation, as he understands the effects of childhood trauma that can manifest in adulthood and relationships. He listens for clients to share their experiences and considers whether they could be understood from an Attachment-Based Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), or Gottman Method Relational Therapy perspective. He also uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in his sessions to educate clients about the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and actions and how to apply this knowledge to improve their well-being.

Thiviyan is a child of immigrant parents from Sri Lanka and is a proud Tamil (தமிழ்) Canadian. He is also the author of the children’s book series “When I’m at a 10” which teaches kids how to manage their emotions using mindfulness. During his spare time, Thiviyan enjoys playing basketball and board games with friends.

Many Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and extended health care plans will cover services rendered by a Registered Social Worker (RSW)

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