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About Me

I am a biracial, non-binary therapist descended from Indian immigrants and white settlers. My practice is situated within unceded lək̓ʷəŋən territory (Victoria), but I am able to take clients from anywhere in BC.

I have a Master of Social Work and am a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers. I have 4 years of experience working with survivors of sexual violence and am passionate about sexual violence counselling and education. Many of my clients seek me out to discuss their gender, sexuality, racial identity, and other experiences of oppression. 

 

As a social worker, I dream of a more equitable and healthy society, which I believe requires change to our larger systems, policies, and laws. I engage in activism and advocacy that is aligned with this future. In my personal time, you can find me drinking tea with friends, reading science fiction, spending quality time in nature, playing guitar, and watering my many indoor plants. 
 

Shay is smiling and looking to their right. They are outside with trees and a hill behind them
Close up of Canadian red cedar with moss and bark

My Approach

In both counselling and my personal life, I strive to be deeply relational, compassionate, and present. I believe that healing occurs through authentic connection - a space where you can show up exactly as you are, and know that you are seen, heard, and accepted. This means that my focus in our initial sessions is on getting to know you and your story, beyond the challenges and symptoms that bring you here.

Individual wellbeing and healing exists within our families, communities, and society as a whole. I believe that the experiences you've had based on race, Indigeneity, ability, culture, immigration status, spirituality or religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation are important to that context.

My counselling approach strives to be anti-oppressive, feminist, and trauma-informed. My practice is influenced by narrative therapy, acceptance & commitment therapy, mindfulness, neuroscience, and body-based therapies. If you have any questions about my approach or want to chat to see if we're a good fit, I'd love to connect!  

My Credentials 

Registered Social Worker (#14989)
BC College of Social Workers

 

Master of Social Work

 University of British Columbia Okanagan 

Professional Development

Foundations of Narrative Therapy (March 2022)

Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy 

San'Yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training (Nov 2022)

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"To heal is to touch with love that which was previously touched with fear"

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