Registered Clinical Counsellor
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Minor in Counselling
Adler University, Masters of Counselling Psychology
Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Trauma.
Certificates and Special Training
Comprehensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Training
Gottman Level 1 Couples Training
I have always had a passion for science and psychology, but I found my path in counselling following some personal challenges.Early on in my career, I experienced the loss of a close family member. At the time, I struggled to find the resources I needed to help support my grieving, and quickly realized how important it is to support others mental well-being in their time of need. I have experience working with a wide range of people: those in crisis, children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and working with youth in the school system. Facilitating your growth in a way that is supportive, empathic, and tailored to your specific needs is something that I am very passionate about and committed to in my work.
Counselling is about you, your experiences, and your process. I aspire to create a safe space, free of judgments, for you to explore your inner world through a trauma-informed lens. I believe we all are the experts of our own lives, and sometimes through challenging aspects of life, we require support to help us heal. I hope to work with mutual respect and collaboration to help you achieve your goals at your pace.
I joined Alongside You in September 2021 as a practicum intern. I am a Surrey resident and look forward to working near my home community!
What does Shahan consider to be the most important value?
If I had to select one key value, it would be determination. That said, I have been striving to improve on three fundamental values that I believe in: hard-work, acceptance, and kindness. Many times, throughout my life, I have had challenges that I have fought to overcome and evolve from and returning to these values has always given me hope, self-love, and motivation to keep going.
What would Shahan be doing if she did not pursue the career path she has right now?
If I did not pursue the career path in counselling psychology, I would have chosen nursing as my career, as I have always felt drawn towards the helping professions. I feel a tremendous amount of gratitude and purpose when giving back to my community and being involved in providing care. Nursing would have been a career choice that could help me to achieve this. Alternatively, I
ﬁnd joy in decorating spaces, redesigning, and visual arts, so a part of me could have attempted interior designing as well.
How does Shahan relax when she is outside of work?
I absolutely love spending time with my family, my dog, and friends. I enjoy taking walks in nature, exploring new places and capturing moments with a camera. I am also a person who appreciates some quality alone time, and for that, I often love driving and listening to music.