Dr Lavanya Sampasivam, PhD


“Her skills were absolutely incredible. My outlook on life and myself is so positive now compared to six months ago. This therapy has pushed me to realize a lot about myself. Good and Bad! I am so happy and I never though I would be.

Wow! Where do I start? Dr. Sampasivam made this [social anxiety] group excellent! Her demeanor was very appropriate for this. I don’t like to open up to any groups but she made it easy. Thank for facilitating some important life lessons. I’m a stronger individual because of this.”.

Dr. Lavanya Sampasivam is an exceptional psychologist, who has been trained at some of the leading hospitals in Montreal. In her work with clients, she uses cutting-edge techniques to help people better understand themselves, and cope with their emotions, so that they can have more fulfilling relationships with themselves, and their loved ones. Her approach is warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental. She regularly attends continuing education seminars to stay on top of the most current research and techniques in the field so that she can provide the best service for her clients. She is our go-to person for family therapy, as well well as anxiety disorders, depression, anger management, and life transitions. You could not ask for a kinder and more helpful therapist!”

“Dr. Sampasivam’s patience with clients is very comforting and allows you to really trust her. I liked the ability to truly say how I feel about things that I could not ordinarily discuss with others. I learned about techniques to reduce my stress and avoid stressors, how to be assertive versus aggressive, and that sometimes there are situations which I cannot help out, and thus not stress over.”

“What I liked about working with Dr. Sampasivam was that I didn’t feel judged. I felt understood. I’ve been tossed around from place to place, but once I came here, I ended up loving therapy.

I felt comfortable with Dr. Sampasivam. She helped me separate my anxiety attacks from my medical issues. It was nice to have someone to talk to and vent out my feelings.”

“Therapy helped me to make better decisions for myself, to take into consideration the consequences of my actions, to build a better relationship with my parents, and to express myself better. Dr. Sampasivam is understanding, calm, and just overall easy to talk to. Therapy helped me quite a bit.

“Dr. Sampasivam really made me think and push myself to look at how I think and process my feelings. I am in a different place than when I started.

“Dr. Sampasivam is a very nice and caring person. She tries to help us better understand ourselves and our core issues.”

“Dr. Sampasivam is friendly, relaxed, not overly serious. She clearly knows her stuff and is good about not being too confrontational when clearly there were opportunities to do so.”

“I enjoyed that Dr. Sampasivam was attentive to everybody’s needs throughout the [social anxiety group] sessions. The sessions were very well conducted and the pace was excellent. Dr. Sampasivam is a great listener and intervenes with helpful advice at all times.

“I like that Dr. Sampasivam was very knowledgeable and knew the issues that were affecting the [social anxiety] group members.

“I thought Dr. Sampasivam did a good job at making everyone feel comfortable during the [social anxiety group] sessions.

“We really appreciated Dr. Sampasivam’s help and advice. We will always remember her [social anxiety group] therapy sessions.”

Dr Sampasivam took a genuine interest in all of us [in the social anxiety group], when we spoke she would listen and then push us to think about how we answered questions to draw out our feelings.”


    University-level Training in Psychology:

  • 7+ years of professional experience
  • PhD in Psychology, McGill University
  • MEd in Psychology, McGill University
  • BSc in Psychology with Honors, McGill University

    Trained in Scientifically-Based Treatment Approaches:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness based approaches
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Family systems therapy

    Specialized Training for the Treatment of:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • ADHD
  • Behavioural issues
  • Parenting skills

    Qualified to Practice Psychotherapy and Counselling:

  • Licensed Psychologist with the Order of Psychologists of Quebec, OPQ#12313-14

Dr Lavanya Sampasivam’s areas of expertise include conducting therapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families. She uses empirically supported interventions such as cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), and also draws on mindfulness based techniques, given her training in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT).

Clients can expect to learn strategies to alter their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, which affect their well-being. She provides an empathetic and collaborative space where clients can discuss, understand, and find meaningful strategies to address their challenges and improve their quality of life. She has been trained in some of the leading hospitals in Montreal, such as the Jewish General Hospital and the Douglas Hospital.

Most insurance companies cover psychological services provided by a psychologist, or services provided by therapists supervised by a psychologist. Please check with your insurance company to verify your particular coverage. Your receipts will say: Psychological services provided by Dr Lavanya Sampasivam.

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