Who am I?:
My name is Shelley Blair. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#16122) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (#6452). I completed my undergraduate degree at TRU in Psychology and obtained my Master of Counselling at City University of Seattle. I primarily provide youth and adults individual and couple counselling services. My specializations include working with those with anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, depression, maternal mental health, life transitions and relationship challenges. I love helping to discover insight into what motivates someone, what has complicated their growth, what their strengths are and how to get back on track.
It is my goal to work with clients in a non-judgmental, open, honest and collaborative format so clients can achieve the results they want. Usually, it is a matter of taking small steps to create big changes. Sometimes this process can be very in-depth and other times it is brief and goal-oriented. At times, people just want a safe person that they can turn to and share their deepest, darkest secrets. I use evidenced-based strategies, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy, EMDR, and acceptance and commitment therapy to help you reach your goals.
Wellness is such a vast and open term that means different things to different people. For me, wellness includes spending lots of time with my family; I have two young boys and I love seeing their smiles and hearing their laughter as often as I can. I also ensure that I spend time in nature. Frequently, this includes going for a walk or a hike, skiing on the ski hill, swimming in a freshwater lake in the summer, camping, riding my bike, playing in the dirt and the sand and soaking up as much sun as I can on any given day. I also practice kindness to myself and others. I notice that we are so hard on ourselves, and fail to use words of encouragement, praise, forgiveness, or celebration when talking to ourselves. Everyday, I strive to develop wellness and some days are easier than others. In counselling, I present as my authentic self and I think that this authenticity builds a strong and trusting counselling relationship.