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Meet Shivani

Clinical Director & Registered Clinical Counsellor

(Shivani's pronouns are: she/her)

CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE

 

As the founder and Clinical Director of the practice, Shivani is thrilled to work with a team of skilled therapists and to supervise graduate students, in addition to working with clients. Her clinical work focuses on treating symptoms related to trauma, attachment wounds, and dissociation. She has a passion for helping clients understand the root causes of their current struggles, foster attachment repair, and reclaim a sense of wholeness and aliveness after trauma. 

 

Shivain's approach combines EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, and inner child/parts work informed by Dolores Mosquera's and Janina Fischer's work, the Theory of Structural Dissociation, Ego-State Therapy, and Internal Family Systems. She has advanced training in EMDR to support clients with dissociative disorders, complex trauma, depression, and chronic pain. Shivani is a new mother and has a growing interest in supporting other women+ who have crossed the threshold into parenthood and postpartum.  

Prior to becoming a Clinical Counsellor, Shivani was a yoga and meditation teacher and was in private practice as a trauma-informed yoga therapist for 11 years. Her experience with meditation, mindfulness, and movement continues to inform her work.

Shivani aims to create a welcoming space at her clinic for clients from all walks of life. She has training in anti-racism and LGBTQ+affirming care and is committed to a life of learning and growth. She is honoured to walk alongside her clients, hold their stories, and witness their growth and healing. 

Shivani is a registered provider with the Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP) and ICBC

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Education & Training: 

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (#17248)

  • Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology - Yorkville University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - University of British Columbia

  • Research on post-concussion syndrome with UBC Psychiatry

  • Internship at Avalon Women's Recovery Society, North Vancouver

  • Internship with Carrie DeJong & Associates 

  • Comprehensive EMDR training and consultation with Jasmine Alexander

  • EMDR Defense and Affect Restructuring with Andrew Leeds 

  • Treating Dissociative Disorders with EMDR: The Progressive Approach; EMDR Therapy for Suicidal Clients and Self-harming Behaviors; Hostile Parts of the Personality in Complex Trauma with Dolores Mosquera

  • DeprEnd: EMDR for Depression with Arne Hofmann & Maria Lehnung

  • Integrated Treatment of Chronic Pain and Chronic Health Conditions: EMDR and Nervous System-Driven Skills with Gary Brothers

  • Decolonizing 101 with Ta7taliya Michelle Nahanee & Jacqueline Jennings 

  • Integrating the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation into EMDR Clinical Practice with D. Michael Coy  

  • Advanced Equity Skills for Clinicians: Anti-Racist, Trauma-Informed Care with Rebecca Davis and Shea Lowery

  • Somatic Experiencing® (Intermediate level)

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, Crisis Centre Vancouver

  • Continuing education on trauma, somatics, and Polyvagal Theory through NICABM with Dr. van der Kolk, Porges, Ogden, Siegel, etc. 

  • Spiritual Activism 101 & 102 (Racial Justice) with Rachel Ricketts

  • LGBTQ+ Competency for Therapists with Rachel Harlich

  • Brainspotting, Phase 1 with David Grand

  • Movement for Trauma, Level 1 with Jane Clapp

  • Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Outreach

  • Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and former faculty member

 

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