Shivani

SHIVANI WELLS

Shivani is a somatic-based therapist who helps her clients discover that their own bodies are a resource for healing, insight, and resilience. She has been in private practice as a Yoga Therapist since 2008 and is currently a clinical counsellor intern obtaining a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner-in-training and specializes in supporting clients with childhood developmental trauma, shock trauma, chronic stress, and anxiety. She holds the belief that when people feel seen, heard, and understood, they can access their innate capacity to move toward healing and growth. 

  • Masters in Counselling Psychology intern
  • BA in Psychology from UBC
  • Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner-in-training
  • 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

Shivani holds a BA in Psychology from UBC, and while an undergraduate student, Shivani worked as a research assistant for a large-scale brain injury study at Vancouver General Hospital’s emergency department. She also conducted a study with UBC Psychiatry on the effects of yoga on post-concussive syndrome, for which she developed the Mindful Brain Yoga intervention, an 8-week yoga and meditation program for people with brain injury. In addition to engaging in graduate school, Shivani is committed to continuing education in mindfulness and somatic-based approaches to treating trauma, anxiety, depression, and addictions. 

In addition to her private practice, Shivani teaches public yoga and meditation classes and is a course director for the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy school based in the United States. She has been on faculty with the Vancouver School of Yoga and YYoga teacher training programs, and the YYoga mentorship program. 

In partnership with Yoga Outreach, Shivani has taught yoga and meditation within a correctional center for women, in the psychiatric ward at St. Paul’s Hospital, and at the Covenant House for at-risk-youth.

She has presented at numerous festivals and conferences, including Wanderlust Festival, Indian Summer Festival, Be Well and Alive, the BC ALS Society, the BC Tumour Foundation, and The Yoga Expo in Vancouver. Her online classes are featured on DoYogaWithMe.comYogo.tv, and YouTube.  

Shivani has studied Sanskrit, meditation, and yoga philosophy under the loving guidance of her spiritual teacher Manorama, founder of Sanskrit Studies in New York, for 15 years and continues to be profoundly inspired and influenced by this relationship.

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. 

E-RYT 500


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