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Meet Angie Agrawal Holstein... 
founder, psychotherapist, MSW, RSW

Shanti Psychotherapy is the culmination of my life's work. I am honoured you are here.

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For me, the Sanskrit symbol 'Breathe' represents all that Shanti Psychotherapy is for our community. A place to feel safe and take a breath - literally. To have a moment to heal and process our lives and receive support from a culturally competent therapist.

Shanti Psychotherapy is my passion project. 

My formal name is Anjali. My father, a religious man,  named me as a way of making amends for forgetting his prayers the morning of my birth. Growing up in small town Ontario to immigrant parents, they always called me Angie and that’s how I’ve identified ever since. But I still love and hold close my birth name, it connects me to my heritage.


My journey as a first generation Canadian started with my father. Many Asian Indian immigrants arrived in Canada and the U.S. due to the Immigration acts in 1965, when Visas were offered to Asian Indians for professional careers and those who pursued graduate degrees. When my father  was selected, he immigrated to a little town in Southern Ontario to pursue a new life, his career as a chemical engineer and start his family with my mother.  

Throughout my career I have observed the need for culturally sound health services and strived to be both a mental health and diversity/equity advocate.
It hasn’t been easy. 

Mental health has been my passion since I was very young, and it has directed my life, my career and my passions.

Shanti Psychotherapy works from an anti-oppression,
anti-racism, trauma informed, feminist and LGBTTQ aligned framework.


My childhood was full of joy, conflict and the typical stressors of growing up as a first generation kid in a South Asian family; academic pressure, stressed parents, trying to fit in as one of the few brown kids in school and strict rules that made fitting in difficult in contrast to my peers. 


Although my parents didn’t fully understand my career choice and would have preferred a different path for me, they supported my endeavor towards the career that I truly love.  My twenty-five year long career in mental health services has brought me to this point, creating Shanti Psychotherapy, Inc.

Undergraduate Degree with work placements in Youth Detention, a Dual Diagnosis Day Program and Community Living Services.


2004, completed my Masters of Social Work at the University of Toronto.


11 years as a Social Worker at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health working both inpatient and outpatient programs.


4 years at Havergal College, a prestigious private girls school in Toronto as a School Based Social Worker.


2016, I started my own private practice and completed my training as an EMDR Certified Therapist.

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In private practice, I have noticed that South Asian clients of all ages were self-referring with the goal of working with a therapist of their own cultural background. They were seeking to feel truly understood within their unique backgrounds and experiences.

In this healing work with clients from my own South Asian heritage, I’ve been able to explore all that has been stored within me, learned from both my professional life and personal lived experience. Issues such as the growing up first generation Canadian, survival, resilience, enmeshment, trauma, chronic shame, “I'm not good enough” beliefs, stressed parents, delayed adulting, academic pressure, patriarchy, cultural discourse, anxiety, depression, racism, intergenerational trauma and the legacy burdens of colonialism.

Shanti Psychotherapy has been founded as a way to channel my years of experience, skills and most importantly my dedication to the support of South Asian Mental Health, by creating a collective of like minded and skilled therapists, learning together and  supporting a larger portion of the community beyond what is the capacity of a single practitioner.  The need is great and the resources for culturally sound therapy is limited. 

We specialize in South Asian Mental Health, care is inclusive to all other communities and aims to make therapy accessible, private, culturally sound, de-stigmatizing, compassionate and comfortable for those struggling with mental health issues, wellness or any of life’s challenges. 

Angie's practice is full for new clients. Angie is available to consult with you in order to help match you with a therapist best suited to your needs.


Angie Agrawal Holstein lives in Toronto, Ontario with her three children and partner of 25 years. She enjoys spending time in nature, travel, fitness and quality time with friends and family.


  • Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo (1998)

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto (2002)

  • Certified EMDR Therapist - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing 

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

  • Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Benson and Henry Mind and Body Institute’s Education Initiative (Stress Management and Building Resiliency in Youth).

  • Advanced Attachment Therapy Certificate

  • Adult Attachment Inventory Brief (AAI)

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Structural Dissociation

  • Deep Brain Re-orienting (DBR)


  • Ontario College of Registered Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)

  • Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)

  • EMDR Canada 

  • EMDRIA EMDR International Association

  • ISSTD International Society for Study of Trauma and Dissociation

  • Co-founder of South Asian Therapist Collective of Toronto

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Therapy can help you work through your memories, emotions, body responses, negative thinking or beliefs that were rooted in the past, in order to support you to develop skills and coping abilities so you can unburden yourself and thrive.

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