Shannon Walker

BA, MC (Cand.)

Advanced Counselling Intern

Advanced Counselling Intern

 

Special Interests:

Indigenous communities, trauma, intergenerational trauma, addiction and rehabilitation, acute mental illnesses, anxiety, depression, CBT, DBT.

 

Education:

University of the Fraser Valley – Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
City University of Seattle – Master of Counselling (Pending)

 

Certification and Special Training:

Indigenous Canada – University of Alberta

 

About Shannon:

I have spent the last 7 years giving back to the community working with various populations, supporting them through acute mental illnesses, trauma, and addiction. I began working with Indigenous women who struggle with addiction and mental illness, then began working with youth that have been in and out of foster care who have acute mental illness and addiction struggles. I enjoy working with women who struggle with social roles and oppression within the roles. Over the past several years I have been working between two psychiatric hospitals supporting patients with trauma, addiction, and mental illness. I aim to offer holistic treatment for physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, utilizing a feminist perspective.

Shannon is now an Advanced Counselling Intern under the supervision of Andrew Neufeld, MC RCC, as she completes her Masters Degree in Counselling.

 

When and why did you join Alongside You?

I learned of Alongside You after contacting the First Nations Health Authority to offer services to help give back after several local bands helped me through some tough times in my life. I was soon excited to be connected with Alongside You as my hopes of giving back became possible!

 

What would you be doing if you did not pursue the career path you have right now?

I previously attended the SASET Stó:lō Aboriginal Skills & Employment Program for culinary arts where I found a passion for cooking. Years later I attended the Native Education College for Business Administration. So, if I wasn’t pursuing counselling, I would likely be still working part time as a secretary and work on the weekends in the kitchen of a local mama papa restaurant.

 

How do you relax when you are outside of work?

I love gardening or being anywhere close to mountains or flowing water. Board games with the family are a big hit right now during COVID.

 

What do you consider the most important value?

Truth to self is the most important value to me because when we are true to ourselves, we can be more in tune with who we are, what we want, and can foster honest relationships with ourselves and others.

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