Accepting New Clients
MSW, RSW, EMDR Trained
Shelley's Fee: $160/hour
Shelley is a registered social worker who provides compassionate counselling to youths, adults, Indigenous people, first responders and veterans who have experienced trauma, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, bullying, grief and loss, family violence and more.
Direct Billing to:
Alberta Blue Cross
Shelley is a Registered Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work from Dalhousie University. Professionally, she has worked primarily in the field of child intervention, women’s shelter for woman and children fleeing domestic violence, and community agency supporting individuals with a variety of disabilities. Through her professional experience as a frontline worker and first responder, she has developed a strong passion for working with culturally diverse populations, including First Nations peoples, and approaches her work in a strengths-based, collaborative, culturally sensitive approach.
Throughout Shelley’s career, she has worked extensively with First Nations and Metis people and has visited many First Nations and Metis communities throughout the province. She has attended many ceremonies, including pipe ceremonies and sweat lodges. Shelley has learned about the devastating impact of past and current colonialist policies and practices, including residential schools, directly from Elders and other Indigenous peoples. She incorporates all aspect of the Medicine Wheel in her work and will help you focus on your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical wellness.
Survivors of Sexual Assault
Sexual assault, including child sexual abuse, can cause deep emotional and psychological scarring. Many survivors can experience low self-esteem, severe anxiety, uncontrollable anger, depression, and issues with intimacy. Experiences, such as physical touch and scents, can be triggering for many survivors, often taking them back to the assault. Survivors can struggle with relationships, especially when becoming closer.
Shelley will assist survivors in achieving emotional healing by working through feelings of guilt, anger, and shame. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) has been evidenced to be highly effective in symptoms of PTSD which is commonly found in people who have experienced sexual assault.
Shelley has experience in court proceedings and is comfortable in providing mental health opinions in child custody and domestic violence cases.
She is trained in Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) Home Studies. This home study is the approved model used in Alberta for government, private, and international adoptions, foster care, private guardianship, and kinship care. Courts have accepted this home study format in cases in custody related issues of minor children.
Shelley brings energy and passion to her work through her strengths-based and holistic approach, and uses a variety of approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Narrative Therapy.
More About Shelley
In her spare time, Shelley enjoys spending time with her family, walking, hiking, and quilting. She and her family have two Aussiedoodles, Charlie and Oliver, who are a joy to spend time with. For many years, she has served as a board member of the Northwest Central FASD Network and been a guider with the Girl Guides of Canada.