We are thrilled to announce two new additions to our team of caring and compassionate therapists. Hausalya and Douglas are both in the process of completing their clinical training and are offering sessions both online or in-person.

Hausalya Kulanayagam

Pre-licensed Professional, Intern Therapist

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” – Carl Rogers

Your story matters. Each of our individual journeys impacts how we relate to each other and the world, for better or for worse. If we can understand how we got here – to pain, suffering, feeling trapped or hopeless; I believe we can find our way back out.

When life gets difficult, having compassion for our stories and the challenges we’ve overcome to be here today can help us get unstuck.

Therapy is a place for you to unpack some of the weight of day-to-day life in a safe space. To experience a mirror of compassion so that you may love yourself into the change and life you deserve. As a therapist, my mission is to help you grow in self-compassion, self-esteem and self-understanding. My hope is to empower you to find your own autonomous solutions to life’s challenges while supporting your mental health.

My approach is culturally sensitive, trauma informed and LGBTQ+ affirming. I take a holistic and integrative lens with an understanding of impacts of intergenerational and relational trauma, family systems, and attachment-based issues on present day functioning. We will start where you are comfortable, with small achievable goals, and work through issues together as they arise. I am here to provide an empathetic and non-judgmental space to support you as you to walk your own path.

If you are curious about therapy or interested in working with me at Sunnyside Healing Arts, I encourage you to reach out for a consultation. You can discuss what brings you to therapy, whether we might be a good fit and other expectations, fees and scheduling.

Rate: $120 (HST incl.) Sliding scale and pro-bono spots available

Schedule: Online Mondays 11am-7pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 6pm & In-office Fridays 11am-7pm

Douglas Yam

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Intern Therapist

“The best way out is through” ~ Robert Frost

Although it may not seem intuitive or comfortable, when we are experiencing difficult circumstances or feeling stuck in our lives, being able to share with and walk with someone else can make all the difference in overcoming.

Is life more than you can handle right now?  Are you feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed and alone with no one to talk to?   Or are you doing ok but want to take your life to the next level?  Too often, as adults of all ages and stages in life, we are told we need to be strong, face challenges, or manage significant change on our own.  That’s simply not true.  You don’t have to do it alone.  I can help.

Most of us are hesitant to share our most intimate thoughts, emotions, and details about our lives for fear of being judged, ridiculed, or shamed.  Even if we do, it can seem that no one understands what we’re going through which can make us feel even more alone.   It can be a significant relief and incredibly healing to speak to someone in a safe, non-judgemental, and respectful environment.  I can hold that space for you.

I will work collaboratively with you as you develop skills and access insights that make navigating life easier.  My respectful, holistic, and supportive approach allows you the space to create the positive change you desire.  I believe in a whole-health outlook to mental wellness and optimal living.  What we put into our body, how we treat and strengthen our body can have a direct impact on our mood, energy, and overall life satisfaction.

In my current journey, I am completing a Master’s in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.  I love yoga, swimming, cycling and spending time outdoors.

Rate: $120 (incl. HST); Limited sliding scale and pro-bono spots available

Schedule: Online Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays; In-office Wednesdays 11am-7pm