Geoff’s clients are looking to lead a balanced life with the perspective and tools to face challenges with resilience and optimism. Anxiety, depression, relationship challenges or addictions might be getting in the way of that balance. Geoff strives to create a genuine, human experience in counselling that allows clients to tap into their own resources for long term well-being. Geoff aims to seamlessly integrate problem solving, insightful reflection and theory into a natural and judgment-free conversation.
Geoff brings over 20-years experience supporting clients from diverse backgrounds and ages. His studies and practice have been informed by Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Dialetical Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Client-centred therapy. Geoff completed a Masters in Counselling Psychology and has a diploma in Wilderness Recreation. He is registered as a Canada Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
Shannon works from a therapeutic posture of transparency and collaboration. She develops a rapport with clients quickly through her warm and non-judgmental presence. Shannon’s practice draws on elements of existential-humanistic therapy, mindfulness, narrative and emotionally focused therapies, in order to meet clients’ unique needs. She uses her well-developed empathy, openness, genuine curiosity and patience, in order to co-construct a comfortable and safe therapeutic relationship with each individual she meets. Shannon believes that when people feel seen and heard without judgment, there is enormous potential for desired change. She views her role as one of facilitating a process of slowing down to notice, discover, and connect with personal needs, values, strengths, and abilities. She has worked with individuals on issues of anxiety, depression, self-worth, sadness, anger, post-traumatic stress, loss, interpersonal challenges, and trauma. She is LGBTQ+ positive and welcomes ways of being which may be different from dominant societal discourse and expectations.
Shannon has a varied educational background, having completed programs in criminology, creative writing, psychology and education. This background brings creativity and unique perspectives to her work. She received her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa and is a Canadian Certified Counsellor. She is also a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).