Shannon is a Registered Psychotherapist who graduated from the University of Guelph with a Masters of Science in Couple & Family Therapy. Before that, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Psychology from McMaster University. Most of Shannon’s research focused on the factors that lead to unhealthy relationship dynamics, as well as the impact of divorce on children. The goal of her research was to find ways to help couples and families heal and grow through adversity.
Since beginning clinical practice over four years ago, Shannon has worked with a wide range of clients and developed specialties in supporting high-conflict couples, families experiencing divorce/separation, children and adolescents who are experiencing mental health issues, and people impacted by domestic violence.
She draws from a range of effective therapy models including: Narrative Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Gottman Method Relationship Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She has also completed the University of Guelph’s Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program.
Shannon knows how much courage and strength it takes to reach out and begin therapy. With a gift for highlighting her clients’ inherent strengths and resiliency, Shannon’s clients often comment on her ability to help them feel empowered to make changes and tackle obstacles. She also is renowned for helping her clients come to recognize what factors are within their control and guiding them in a direction that creates sustainable change in their lives. Shannon has experience working with individuals, couples, and families through various concerns such as unhealthy relationship dynamics & abuse, mental health, grief & loss, infidelity & trust, trauma, addiction, life transitions, shame & guilt, identity formation & exploration, chronic pain or illness, and personal growth.
When working with clients, Shannon brings her authentic, fun-loving self and is very transparent and open throughout the therapy process. She regularly offers her insight and thoughts in a gentle fashion that allows her clients to explore alternate perspectives and ideas. Shannon always welcomes client feedback and believes that exploring any emotions that come up during the therapeutic process is important in creating lasting change.
After having moved to Kitchener in 2015, Shannon has recently purchased a house in the KW area and is excited to set down her roots in a city she hopes to call her lifelong home!