Shannon is a warm, positive and skilled counsellor with over 20 years of experience helping youth and adults shape their life stories through talk therapy, EMDR, restorative dialogue, CBT, art, writing, play therapy, and other creative counselling strategies. She specializes in supporting people overcoming trauma, coping with grief and loss, encountering stigma, and exploring forgiveness. She has extensive experience providing group and individual therapy to survivors of sexual abuse and human trafficking, as well as to Indigenous survivors of Canada’s residential school system and related systems of oppression. As a two-time bestselling author, Shannon also coaches writers to start and complete their memoirs and manuscripts from pages to publication.
Shannon holds an M.A. in Social Work from the University of East Anglia (UK), a B.Ed from the University of Toronto, a Counselling Specialist Certificate from Queens University and a B.A. in International Development from Trent University. She is registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers, and a member of both the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers, and a certified restorative justice facilitator. She is also a sought-after public speaker and consultant on key issues in justice and mental health and has spoken worldwide. She also supports law enforcement and legal teams to practice trauma-informed justice.
With compassion, understanding, and skill, Shannon meets you where you're at and helps you explore where you've come from and where you'd like to go. She offers in-person sessions in her West End Toronto studio, or via Skype/FaceTime for clients further away. She speaks English and Spanish.