My name is Shayna Sander and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
I have worked in the area of mental health and wellness for many years as a running coach, yoga teacher, youth worker and now as a clinical counsellor. In addition to private practice, I also work as a counsellor for Yúustway Health & Wellness, for Squamish Nation in the Squamish Valley. I love the work that I do, and I feel very lucky and privileged to be trusted with the personal stories, struggles, and triumphs of my clients.
Therapy looks really different for each person, because the client takes the wheel. I’m simply the navigator. We will work together collaboratively to establish what your expectations and goals are for the counselling process and how we can move towards them. It’s important to me that clients walk away from sessions feeling like they have gained something, maybe a new skill/tool to use in life, increased insight and knowledge; or maybe walking away feeling lighter, having left something behind that is no longer useful.
I draw from a range of different counselling theories including cognitive behaviour therapy, narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, body oriented therapies, and mindfulness and meditation.
Many of my clients are youth and young adults experiencing depression and anxiety, addiction or problematic substance use, difficulties with self-esteem and identity, and issues with close relationships.
I also specialize in postpartum depression and anxiety, and work with individuals and couples who are looking for support as they navigate the transition to parenthood. I support individuals and couples who have experienced traumatic pregnancy, traumatic birth, infertility, pregnancy loss and infant loss.
I take great care to create a safe, confidential space and to ensure that my practices are trauma informed, culturally sensitive.