Sanjay Govindaraj

Registered Social Worker / Psychotherapist / MAES, MSW, RSW

Sanjay Govindaraj

Contact Info

First Consult free at either location
Aligned Health 
745 Bridge St. W., Unit 6, Waterloo, ON N2V 2G6
Tuesday-Wednesday: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Phone: 705-735-4776
Frontline Forward
45 Shirley Ave., Kitchener, ON N2B 2E1
Mondays & Thursdays: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Phone: 519-742-5409

Values and approaches

Everything is connected. When one area of your life is impacted, it affects others. My holistic approach to counselling considers how the body, mind, and spirit work together towards finding balance and health.

In our journey together, I will help you express your feelings, gain awareness, resolve conflict and help your perspectives and behavior to evolve so that you can make mindful choices. Collaboratively, we will work to develop strategies and actions that will empower you to take the lead in your own healing and recovery process.

I realize how deeply vulnerable sharing personal stories can be—especially experiences of trauma, illness, grief, addiction or depression. This is why throughout my 20 plus years of counselling/mentoring and supervising, my top priority has been to create a safe, compassionate and respectful space; one where I provide guidance instead of judgement.

As a therapist who has supported adults and youth from diverse cultures, faiths, sexual orientations and family structures, I know that we each have unique needs and experiences. I try to be sensitive, flexible and responsive to those needs and build trust by listening empathetically to your concerns.

Areas of Special Interest

Trauma; depression; anxiety; self harm; suicidal ideation; sexual orientation; 2SLGBTTQ+; understanding self; marital relationship; positive parenting; social and family relationship; financial stress; bereavement; challenges starting a family/infertility/adoption; addictions; sleep; obsessive compulsive disorders; physical and sexual abuse.

I have a private practice at Aligned Health in Waterloo and at Frontline Forward in Kitchener. Aligned Health is a multi disciplinary practice. Frontline Forward is a dedicated facility the first of it kind in Canada for first responders. I specialize in using EMDR, CBT and Mindfulness to help with PTSD, depression, anxiety etc. You are welcome to book your appointment at either location – Kitchener or Waterloo.

Therapists by province / territory


A short description of the various therapist certifications in Ontario.

Clinical Psychologists

Clinical Psychologists are required to complete a related Masters and Ph.D. program to practice in the province of Ontario that must be research-based and subsequently have a thesis component. They are governed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO).

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Registered Psychotherapists

Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) are registered by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and, like Registered Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists, are permitted to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy.

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Registered Social Workers

Registered Social Workers (RSW) are helping individuals to enhance their well-being. They are governed by the Ontario College of Social Workers.