Registered Clinical Counsellor & Trauma Therapist
Shivani operates on the belief that her clients are already resilient, that their symptoms are adaptive responses to trauma, and that they have an innate capacity to heal. She has a passion for helping her clients feel safe and connected in their bodies, for working mindfully with the body and nervous system, and for helping her clients reclaim their lives after trauma.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Shivani was in private practice as a trauma-informed yoga therapist for 11 years. She also served on faculty for a number of training programs and taught public yoga and meditation classes. Currently, her main approach integrates EMDR and Somatic Experiencing.
As a white, cis-gendered, heterosexual woman, Shivani acknowledges her own privileges as well as the impacts of oppression, discrimination, and racism on others. She strives to practice from an intersectional-feminist, anti-racist, and LQBTQ2+ affirming approach. Her intention is to create a brave space where all people feel welcome, seen, heard, and respected and where differences can be acknowledged.
Meditation, breathwork, and walks in the woods are important aspects of Shivani's self-care practice, and therapy has played an essential role in her own trauma healing journey. She is honoured to support her clients in discovering their own unique paths to healing and in reconnecting with their sense of embodied aliveness.