My name is Levana Lam and I’m a Registered Psychotherapist and Canadian Certified Counsellor who offers individual psychotherapy to clients 16 and up in Toronto’s east side who aims to provide support to anyone and everyone who feels alone, and are struggling to just get by in life.
I’m particularly passionate about helping individuals who are suffering from mental health issues, trauma, family issues, or who are questioning and struggling to come to terms with their identity (be it gender, sexuality, cultural, you name it!) or where they want to go in life. I also have extensive experience working with teenagers with learning disabilities, seniors in care home settings, adults in the community from low-income backgrounds, as well as those struggling with addictions and substance use issues.
My interest in providing psychotherapy mostly stems from myself and my own struggles as a youth to discover who I am, where I fit in the world, and how to feel comfortable in my own skin but not knowing how to express any of this to anyone. In the end, I learned how to help myself, but the journey was hard and I wouldn’t ask anyone to go through it alone if they don’t need to, which is hopefully where I can come in to your life.
When not at work I can be found at home hunched over my computer or parked in front of a gaming console with a freezer full of ice cream to keep me happy. I adore cute stuffed animals, food, and Japanese television. I travel, I translate Japanese variety shows for fun, and despite my hermit-like nature I am always happy to spend time with friends and family.
My own personal mental health journey coupled with a strong interest in helping others, the belief that good mental health is the key to getting through life’s ups and downs, and a high level of pragmatism made psychotherapy the ideal profession for me. As the saying goes: give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he’ll be fed for life. What is the best and most pragmatic way to help others if not by teaching them how to have the mental fortitude to withstand hardship? I want people to know that you can support yourself, that you have the abilities, the skills, the strength. At the same time, I believe that only you know who you are and what works for you, and I want us to discover that person together.