Shivani is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (RCC #172480). She holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, and was in private practice as a trauma-informed yoga therapist for 11 years prior to becoming a counsellor.

Shivani helps her clients understand the impacts of trauma and chronic stress on their nervous systems, emotions, behaviours, and beliefs, and helps them discover that their own bodies are a resource for insight, healing, and resilience. Her compassionate and non-judgmental approach is informed by neurophysiology, mindfulness, and attachment theory, and is rooted in the belief that her client’s have the innate capacity to move toward healing and growth.

Shivani specializes in treating trauma and toxic stress that often underlies current symptoms, including anxiety, addiction, depression, and interpersonal issues. She uses empirically-supported brain and body-based approaches, including Somatic Experiencing®, EMDR, Brainspotting, mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. In addition to her clinical work, Shivani has conducted research in brain injury and post-concussion syndrome with UBC Psychiatry and the Vancouver General Hospital, and she teaches trauma-informed yoga and meditation at YYoga.


  • EMDR with Jasmine Alexander (Sept-Dec 2019)
  • Masters in Counselling Psychology
  • BA in Psychology from UBC
  • Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner-in-training (Intermediate level)
  • Certified in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
  • Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist
  • Certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Movement for Trauma Level 1 with Jane Clapp
  • E-RYT 500 Experienced Yoga Teacher
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga Training with Yoga Outreach
  • Continuing Education with the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine
  • Spiritual Activism 101 & 102 – Racial Justice Education with Rachel Ricketts
  • Brainspotting, Phase 1 with David Grand

As a white, cis-gendered, heterosexual woman, Shivani is committed to educating herself, both as a therapist and a human being, about racial and social justice issues, including oppression, discrimination, implicit white supremacy, LGBTQ issues, etc. Her intention is to create a brave and sacred therapeutic environment where all people feel welcome, seen, and heard in their experience. 

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