Hello! My name is Shalyn and I’m a Therapist in Training currently completing my Masters in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto. I have spent the last few years working with youth and adults of diverse backgrounds who struggle with mental health issues caused by trauma, sexual violence, discrimination, low self-esteem, and relationship conflicts. I enjoy supporting individuals in learning to live their lives from a place of self-empowerment, authenticity and inner-peace. My approach to therapy is non-pathologizing, strengths-based, and that supports individuals in experiencing a deeper connection between their minds and bodies.
I believe that everyone’s journeys toward healing and recovery are different and are rarely a straight-forward, linear path. No matter what your journey is like, I provide a non-judgemental space where your experiences will be accepted and valued. I will work collaboratively with you to create the kind of change you want to see within yourself and your life. My therapeutic orientation is based in trauma-informed, feminist, mindfulness, and body-based therapies.
Although we may go through situations in life that hurt us deeply, we always remain whole and capable of healing and personal growth. Together, we will explore tools, resources, and strategies that can help enhance your emotional and psychological well-being. By having the courage to share your story in therapy, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to enhance your self-awareness and self-compassion. I truly look forward to working with you.
Professional Background Information:
Shalyn was the first student on the Board of Trustees at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada’s largest mental health hospital. She has also worked and volunteered in environments that address social inequities among women, people of color, LGBTQ groups, and people with disabilities. She brings a perspective to her work that is anti-oppressive, feminist, and trauma-informed.